Hong Kong; Streets, Art & Markets

One of my absolute favorite things about visiting a new place is simply walking around, checking out the buildings, design and architecture, experiencing the wonderful and sometimes not so wonderful smells and just getting a feel for the way of life.

Clio walking between markets, all the scaffolding we saw was made of bamboo, Goldfish Market road

Clio walking between markets, all the scaffolding we saw was made of bamboo, Goldfish Market road

Hong Kong was a total delight to walk around and we sure did a lot of it; sometimes planned often not.

Beautiful Flowers on Flower Market Road, Hong Kong

Beautiful Flowers on Flower Market Road, Hong Kong

Our first day we checked out some of the markets in Kowloon, starting at the sweet smelling flower market road which offered many different flowers as well as the more common. Lots of the shops welcomed photographs while others had signs saying no. I had brought an old point and shoot digital camera for Eden and she had an absolute blast taking photos of the flowers exclaiming “wow check this one out, its beautiful, can you smell it? I got a great photo”

Po Street Bird Garden, Hong Kong

Po Street Bird Garden, Hong Kong

From Flower Market Road we walked to the Po Street Bird Garden, the girls could have stayed here for hours looking at all the varieties of birds. I guess local people bring their birds in cages here to hang out for some fresh air, it was odd but super cool. Of course there are loads of birds for sale as well as all the equipment needed, even live bird food; crickets mostly, no photos though as I was creeped out by them! The girls laughed when the parrot would talk to them and luckily neither got too close to it because I did see it bite one lady on the behind!

Eden shopping at Temple Street Night Market

Eden shopping at Temple Street Night Market

We got a little lost after here but eventually found our way to the Goldfish market road which actually was more like ‘house pet’ road since there were plenty of shops selling kittens, puppies and bunnies. Again, the girls would have been quite happy to spend the rest of the night here but it was time for some food so we legged it to Temple Street Night Market which was a lot further than we thought so when we eventually made I am pleased it was worth the effort.

Hong Kong Elephant Parade, bottom right photo - this is just before Clio got stuck

Hong Kong Elephant Parade, bottom right photo – this is just before Clio got stuck

The next day on our trip to Lantau Island to visit the Big Buddha we came across a whole lot of elephant statues each one uniquely painted, unfortunately we were in a rush to catch the cable car so couldn’t stop to appreciate them that morning but made a point of doing it on the way home. Hours of entertainment! Eden loved looking at them all and even turned her cable car paper bracelet into an elephant trunk while Clio simply wanted to climb and sit next to them, that was until she decided to climb through one of the elephants legs and got stuck!

Skek Kip Mei Streets, last photo was by our Hotel - anyone have any idea what the bits of paper stuck to the building are?

Skek Kip Mei Streets, last photo was by our Hotel – anyone have any idea what the bits of paper stuck to the building are?

The elehpants are being auctioned off (for quite a price) with the proceeds going to The Asian Elephant Foundation and the statues are being displayed over Hong Kong (we also saw some on Hong Kong Island) to bring a smile to peoples faces as well as raise awareness of the need for elephant conservation. The exhibition, known as Elephant Parade, has been as far as UK, California and The Netherlands and I believe it is heading to Thailand in 2015, maybe some of you will be lucky enough to see these beautiful pieces of art, if you haven’t already. They were selling much smaller replicas at Hong Kong airport, we contemplated getting one but in the end decided against because of the price tag, of course now I really wished we had especially since we were working the exchange rate out using the wrong rate, so they were cheaper than we thought!

Hong Kong Street Art

Hong Kong Street Art

Another thing I particularly enjoy is street art, not to be confused with graffiti! and Hong Kong was full of it. We found most of the street art while walking the streets of Hong Kong Island although I found we usually had to get off the main roads and head down the side streets. Whilst on our street art hunt we came across artist, Grand So, painting on the side of the road with his gorgeous pieces on display in front of a shop currently being remodeled, we admired his work, watched him for a few moments then carried on our way commenting to each other we should have purchased a piece. We walked around, lost, and bumped into him again before continuing to get lost; Hong Kong can be really confusing!

more sites from walking the streets of Hong Kong Island

more sites from walking the streets of Hong Kong Island

Finally we decided we should purchase a piece the next time we passed him, I cant remember why we were walking past him for a third time if I had to guess, we were probably still lost. Luckily we stopped when we did as he was actually packing up and I am not sure if this is his regular spot or if he moves around. I can not wait to get the piece framed and hung on our wall at home to remind us of our Hong Kong adventures; which there are still plenty more to come, so keep checking back!

Matt on a Ding Ding, love the old Ding Ding (tram) with a modern building in the background

Matt on a Ding Ding, love the old Ding Ding (tram) with a modern building in the background

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15 responses to “Hong Kong; Streets, Art & Markets

    • The statues were awesome! I so wished I bought the tiny ones they were selling at the airport (I think the actual ones are being auctioned for millions!)

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  3. I love to walk and wander in a city too! I would go crazy in Hong Kong exploring streets, alleys, stores and restaurants.

    • Absolutely! We were there for a full week and found plenty to do and still didn’t do everything we wanted!

  4. This is interesting. I’ve read a lot of travel blogs on Hong Kong because, well, Singaporeans LOVE going to Hong Kong. But not once have I read anything about street art. (90% of the time it’s got to do with food. We can’t help it – eating is a national sports.) Glad you found the guy to purchase the art work eventually! #WednesdayWanderlust

  5. I was choosing which posts to read from Wednesday Wanderlust and thought, “This looks like a fun post!” … totally didn’t realize it was your blog! Ha! I guess I know what like, right?!

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