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