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Old April 13th, 2009, 10:49 PM   #1
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My HONG KONG Neighbourhoods

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Last summer, I moved from Montreal to Hong Kong. I've taken plenty of photos since then, but for now, here are some that depict the three neighbourhoods in which I have lived since my arrival.

When I first arrived last August, I lived for a month and a half with my girlfriend's family in Hung Hom Bay, a recently-developed area that has all the character of plain tofu. It was a pain to commute from there to the University of Hong Kong, where I study. But at least it had nice views.

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In mid-September, not yet able to afford our own place, we moved into an auntie's empty apartment in Tai Po Tsai, a suburban village near Clear Water Bay in the eastern New Territories. My commute became even longer: ten minutes by minibus to the nearest MTR station, thirty minutes by MTR to Admiralty station, and finally twenty minutes by bus to HKU.

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Our temporary apartment included a spacious rooftop, but it was infested by wasps -- big, scary wasps with claws and pincers.

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Finally, at the end of November, we found an apartment and moved to Prince Edward, in the north end of Mongkok, where there is a large and pleasant flower market. It's about as convenient as you can get. The neighbourhood to the south of us is intensely commercial; to the west and north is a large and fascinating working-class neighbourhood. East is quiet, residential and affluent.

The views aren't bad.

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The flower market is peaceful and nice-smelling but it can get a bit busy on weekends.

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It's a good place to live. I have everything I need within a few minutes walk: supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, cinemas, goldfish shops, hourly hotels, you know. There's even a bunch of bars but they're mostly lame and overpriced, catering mostly to groups of people who go for karaoke and Budweiser.

The only thing that's missing is a good cafe.

Unfortunately, M's just doesn't cut it.

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There's an interesting mix of architecture around here. Some of my favourites are these postwar buildings from the 1940s and 50s. This one hasn't fared particularly well, unfortunately.

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Like most of Hong Kong, this part of town was once full of two- and three-storey stone buildings with sidewalk arcades. Most were demolished after WWII, but some remain, usually not in very good condition.

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Prince Edward Road, from which the neighbourhood takes its name, is marred by an ugly flyover.

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Lots of buses heading across the border to China start their journey around here. There's always a lot of mainland visitors hanging around.

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Here's a few shots from the neighbourhood's tallest building.

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That's all for now. Time to go spy on the neighbours.

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Old April 13th, 2009, 11:16 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing. It doesn't look all pretty and well organized. But is deffinetly bustling with people and shops. Looks fascinating to visit actually. Do you like living there better than Montreal?
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Old April 13th, 2009, 11:23 PM   #3
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Awesome! The rooftop terrace in Tai Po looks pretty sweet. If only there weren't any wasps. I guess you like staying closer to the busy areas. Although I think villages also have their charm.
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Old April 14th, 2009, 05:10 PM   #4
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Ah ... good memories of my flower shopping in the wee hours of Chinese New Year.
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Old May 4th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #5
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It's striking that it looks so British, especially when you look to the roads and signs.
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Old May 4th, 2009, 09:33 PM   #6
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I wish I were there....Looking very interesting and soooo living. thx very much for pics
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Old May 5th, 2009, 09:00 AM   #7
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thx for sharing your stories.
try to escape to the countryside once in a while, and you will like living in this city.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 10:44 AM   #8
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Thanks for sharing. It doesn't look all pretty and well organized.
Somehow I like it better this way, I guess that's what makes HK so special.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 03:06 PM   #9
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I love Hong Kong and one day I will visit. Too bad about those wasps...but at least you have gold fish shops!

Great pics...it's nice to see Hong Kong from a residential perspective.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 03:44 PM   #10
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The chaos and urban jungle nature of Hong Kong make it very appealing to me. It is the same reason that I love the look of Tokyo even though others find it ugly. Not beautiful in the traditional sense, but definitely beautiful in the organic urban sense.

Great photos, I look forward to more!
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It's striking that it looks so British, especially when you look to the roads and signs.
Because they were built and design by the British back in the colonial days.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 07:12 PM   #12
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Thanks for sharing those photos with us @kilgoretrout very nice
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fantastic panorama of HK....its very lovely to see several view of HK...
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Great work! Also nice to see some non-postcard like images.
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Thanks for sharing. It doesn't look all pretty and well organized. But is deffinetly bustling with people and shops. Looks fascinating to visit actually. Do you like living there better than Montreal?
It sure does not look pretty everywhere but the organization is amazing here.
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