Hollywood Road. Sounds like it should be in Los Angeles, yes? Well, this Hollywood Road is in Hong Kong’s Central district where it stretches from the old Ice House to Sheung Wan and the home of the Chinese funeral industry. However, before it gets to Sheung Wan, it becomes the arts and antiquities center of the city. Some of the art found there is great and original. And, some is knock offs and imitations. In most places, the area is not as congested as the rest of Hong Kong and it does make for some nice strolling. Just above Hollywood Road is Staunton Street which has emerged from being a tiny neighborhood street into being a tiny global restaurant row. This image was made in the early evening and enhanced slightly to bring out the natural color on the street.
There are all sorts of markets in Hong Kong and Kowloon. Yesterday, I wrote about the ladies market in Mong Kok. And, the other day, I wrote about the upscale department stores in Causeway, Today, I’ll write a little about wet markets. There is generally a wet market in some central area on both sides of the harbor. In this case, the is the wet market in Central. It winds through side and back streets from the travelator almost to Hollywood Road and down to Queens Road. That’s a big piece of real estate. You can buy almost any kind of food there. Most of it is fresh, including meat and fish. You can also find cheap clothing and trinkets there as you make your way to the more business-oriented side of the market. Many Hong Kong people make this a daily stop on their way home from work. They like their dinners fresh. And, slow cooked. Hmmmm. Trendy. In the United States.
No, you can’t buy ladies there. And, the shopping is not limited to ladies. But, anyone can buy just about everything else for very cheap prices. It is located at Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok, in Kowloon. It is a very typical blue collar Chinese district. But tourists from every place on earth tend to find their way there. Some people call it the busiest place on the planet. Michael Connelly fans will note that although he had Detective Harry Bosch chasing the triad around Hong Kong, he never entered Mong Kok which could have made things very interesting.
The entrance to the Star Ferry Terminal on the Hong Kong side of the harbor was considered to be of historical worth. But, before anybody could say a word, the owners of the Star Ferry tore the building down and built a new more upscale, more shopping-friendly terminal. It seemed like the whole thing happened over night. Hong Kongers in general do not seem to be too sentimental when it comes to old buildings and even things that could be called modern antiquities. However, the tearing down of the old Star Ferry Terminal angered so many people that the Hong Kong Legco (Legislative Council) created a historical division so that old buildings could not be removed without permission. However, if there are loopholes as there are in many American communities, it could mean the owner could tear down the entire building, leaving one original wall standing and not have to go through the permissions process.
Every – where there’s signs. Well, not quite like this, since most signs are now made in neon. But, I found these signs in a very working class district on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong, called Sham Shi Po. There are also sorts of interesting stores to be found here. And, there are both the flower and bird markets within five minutes walking time. Yes. I can read some of these signs. For instance, the square sign in the bottom right hand corner is advertising a hardware store. Oh wait a minute. You can read that too.
Hong Kong on a coldish dusk. This is photographed from Times Square. No. No. No. Not THAT Times Square. There is a multi-level shopping mall that connects to both the MTR and the offices above it . In Hong Kong, that is Times Square. You can actually ascend into the mall from the MTR (the subway) or approach it from street level. Like all newer shopping malls on the island, it is huge. It is located in Jardine’s Crescent, which is a small area in Causeway Bay, which has become known for all kinds of slightly more upscale shopping, world foods and the usual crowded streets. Lot’s of good energy there. The best thing about the mall is its lower level. It has a modern food court, the best western grocery store in Hong Kong and the best bookstore on the island.
If you happen to be in Hong Kong and you are traveling up or down The Peak in Central, you will most likely use the travelator, which just used to be known as the world’s longest escalator. That wasn’t quite true because at times it broke off into fly overs and extensions and even street crossings. But, it is one long, continuous path way from the harbor to the Mid-Level on the Peak. So now it has a new name.
A few weeks ago when I was out in Greigos — a little tiny district named after the Greigo family in Albuquerque — I went to the Our Lady of Guadalupe church. She is more or less the patron saint around these parts. I found this little bit of folk art in a little outdoor chapel where people leave offerings for family and friends who have passed before them.
Or not. Heh, heh. This New Mexico cactus always looks about the same. Winter, Summer, Fall, Spring. It never changes. Actually, there is very little of it in Northern New Mexico. Most it is found further west or further to the south. But, you can find it in Albuquerque. This particular cactus is located in what used to be known as Greigo near Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. This is another Canon G9 picture. I just stuck my hand in the middle of the cactus and hoped for the best. A little late afternoon sun helps too.