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HONG KONG in 48hr a STREET PHOTOGRAPHY & FOODIE TOUR BOOK

HONG KONG STREET PHOTOGRAPHY & FOODIE 48hr Tour Guide Book

New Travel book coming soon 2015, here are some of the highlights.  AMAZON DOT COM

  • EXPECT A PERSONAL KNOWLEDGABLE “LOCAL” TOUR GUIDE SHOWING YOU ALL THE NOT TO MISS PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS IN HONG KONG, CODY IS A PHOTOGRAPHER TOO.
  • AIR CONDITION PRIVATE BUS for your private tour of 48hrs
  • VISIT TO ANTHONY BOURDAINS TWO BBQ MEAT HOLE N THE WALL CAFE WITH BBQ MEAT PLATE AND A CAN OF CHINA BEER TOO LUNCH MEALS DAYTIME
  • MOST ALL  FOODIE SPOTS WE VISIT ON THE TOUR THE FOOD IS INCLUDED MORNING COFFEE, LUNCH  &  DINNER
  • STAR FERRY
  • VICTORIA HARBOUR TOUR ON A REAL JUNK BOAT AFTERNOON
  • VICTORIA PARK PEAK WE TAKE THE TRAM UP TO A VISTA OVERLOOK CAPTURE NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER DINNER
  • SOHO DISTRICT FOR PIZZA DINNER FIST NIGHT
  • JUMBO FLOATING RESTAURANT FOR APPETIZERS
  • GAGE STREET DAYTIME PHOTOGRAPHY
  • VICTORIA HARBOUR LASER LIGHT SHOW PRIOR TO A DINNER
  • TROLLY  DAYTIME
  • STOP FOR QUICK BREAKFAST BITE @ HONK KONG SOCK COFFEE N TEA WITH TOAST  START OF EACH DAY TOUR
  • AMBERDEEN FISH MARKET & PIER DAYTIME
  • STREET FOOD VENDORS NIGHT TIME VISIT PHOTOGRAPHY OP OR A QUICK TRY N SNACK PLATE  IF YOU WISH
  • HONG KONG NOODLE SOUP WITH TEA
  • CHINESE SIT DOWN RESTAURANT THE FLYING GOOSE NIGHTTIME DINNER SECOND NIGHT
  • TEMPLE STREET NIGHT TIME MARKET Shopping
  • HUI LAU SHAN FAMOUS MANGO DRINK  A HONG KONG ICON MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE ! Snack daytime visit

 

 MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HONG KONG

 more notes from my personal travel journal while in Hong Kong 2014 48hr tour what you may expect Hong Kong is the gateway city to China sitting on the doorstep to China proper.  An ideal between flight layover city before going on to another Asian destination.  This is the place every traveler needs to take time for a quick break on a 48hr city tour. Let me show you what not to miss while in Hong Kong. No, this is not your typical travel guide, only a mini travel log of things you should do while in Hong Kong, if only on a 48hr side trip between planes.  A do not miss guide and how to get there on the fast n cheap. Come follow along with me as I show you a few images I captured on my 48hr mini photography tour in this city, as I played tourist for a day or two, finding my way around. This mini travel log will help make your experience a better trip if you know how to get around just like a local. Home to over 7 million people all going someplace everyday at all hours this city is on wheels with buses, trolleys, taxis all going everywhere and a photographers paradise plus a foodie’s heaven for eating out.  Both types of traveler will find this city every bit worth the time spent exploring, walking, capturing images and eating plus a pint or two consumed along the way. Hong Kong is laid out with a group of islands in Victoria Harbour. The city is master laid out by the British a hundred years ago, it has all the markings of a upscale metropolitan city.  Hong Kong Island on one side of the bay Kowloon on the other and the New Territory a bit further away. All are connected by a Metro train system that is both fast and fairly easy to navigate for any first timers.  The tube runs under the harbour from one side to the other takes about 15 minutes including all the walking, making coin change for the ticket machine, finding the train on off, wait for next train, plus all the escalators to your arrival, all in total 15 minutes. Cost about $4.HK dollars about fifty-five cents US. Getting there by water ferry, the Star Ferry runs about ever ten minutes from both sides for a 7 minute trip across the harbour, the lower deck cost just a $1.70 HK or about twenty-two cents US, a bit more if you wish the upper deck, not worth it save your extra nickel, the lower deck for seven minutes is just fine. The atmosphere of the city overall is very clean, organized, easy to navigate around by water ferry, taxi, bus or trolly and even walking.   The absents of motorcycles in the city is a blessing and even fewer cars on the streets.  You will find plenty of taxi and buss all around.  The few cars you will find are of the ultimate rich, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati,  Roll Royce, Bentleys scatted among the Range Rovers and BMWs a few Volvos too of every type.  Exotic sport cars are parked in the parking lots as if the driven like the family car, luxury cars here take on a new meaning for the ultra rich of this city, just the daily drive commute car to them. Pedestrian do not have the right of way, look both ways, traffic is in the Queens English side of driving, that is Left side of road traffic. Careful to pay attention to the buses they are fast, cross the street carefully. The Buses, they are all new air conditioned double decker style.  The front marque tells where it is going, use the “Bus Number” as a point of reference, in this tour log I have pointed out to bus numbers more than what they say on the front for destination.  Bus fare for local trip is around $1 HK dollar,  math wizards that is thirteen cents. The Trolly which started operations in 1904, is a double decker skinny train rail car with no air conditioner, runs from one end of Hong Kong to the other takes about 45 minutes a great way to see the city, cheap.  Get an upper deck window seat to snap away at photography opportunities as they appear. Cost about twenty five cents US, get on, get off, pay again.   Remember exact coins only. Note the buses or trolly need EXACT change, coins, the drivers make no change.  Purchase a bottle of water at the local mini mart, ask them for “coins”, on a few more of your Hong Kong dollars for the bus, they are all very helpful and of course speak English too. The taxi has a flag drop rate of $15 HK dollars, a buck ninety-five for the seat to ride, and another fourteen cents for every 200 meters beyond.  Most anywhere locally the taxi which holds five adults, will be less than four dollars.  I always include a tip, nice to do as they are a ultra cheap air conditioned clean ride.  Drivers do speak English and I found out they do not pull the long tour on us foreign folks for extra fare, not part of the culture just overall nice experience on the taxis. All are metered.  Going across the bay via the traffic tunnel or bridges, you will be expected to pay the bridge toll plus the fare, ask first to avoid any misunderstanding.  Take the Star Ferry for less than a quarter. Walking around the city you will find as I did, to ask anyone while your holding a city map where something is, they will take a moment to explain how to get there, very helpful kind people live in this city and speak perfect English too.  Walking on the streets are all in good repair sidewalks are clean a few obstacles of normal things to walk around nothing major, just look at my photos of the streets. The SoHo & Hollywood Road [Antique Street] area is the chic upmarket bar & restaurant area of Central Hong Kong.  How to get there walking is all up hill till your reach the escalators to mid point called Central, look for the sign. Stop look around you will find more Pubs, bars, cafes, eatery and restaurants plus shops along the side roads. From Star Ferry Terminal start walling inland, uphill, ask anyone where the start of the escalators are, to point you in the right direction.  It is a  straight shot uphill from Ferry Building 5, Star Ferry you arrived at building 8,  or just look at the tourist map, works too.  Taxi from Ferry 8 building to Hollywood Road @ Central escalators cost about $3 bucks US. The escalators are the longest covered system in the world and only go one way zig n zag uphill 800 meters total of walkways. You have a steep step by step walk back downhill, take your time, look down the side streets on your way back, both sides of the walkway are hidden gem pubs and special places to grab a late afternoon lunch or late night dinner.  This is the hot spot for Hong Kong who’s who at night. Peak Tram is a not to miss cable pulled railway car from Central area of Hong Kong to the top of the hill called The Peak or Victoria Park.   Here you will have a view of the entire Victoria Harbour. Look for the gazebo area for the best photography op, walk down to this vantage point, follow the crowd downhill along the tram rail is the look-out point.  Setting up your tripod is all right no permit necessary.   This top of the hill area has a new modern shopping center with a few restaurants and Starbucks of course. To find the “The Peak Tram” ticket office it is directly in back of the Bank of China building.  Catch the bus #15C in front of the Star Ferry building 8, look for the bus stop signs the bus leaves every 15 minutes, cost less than twenty five cents, arrives directly to the Peak Tram ticket window.  Go to the upper deck of the bus for a nice ride in downtown Hong Kong streets it is open air no roof on the second deck. The Peak Tram cost about $20 HK dollars one way, like two dollar sixty cents US. Round trip is $30 HK, but wait just a minute, only get a “one way” ticket, as the line to get back off this peak may take you a hour or more wait in line, see my image. My visit to the city was an overcast cloudy day, means another visit to capture truly a pano perfect set of images or a time lapse.   Check out a few I stitched together for a small panoramic view of Victoria Harbour skyline to get a feel for what you may capture on a perfect day at The Peak, this image was not a clear day. How to get off the Peak.   Look at my photo of the courtyard area at the peak, behind the fountain is Starbucks and under this building is the bus terminal, walk around the right side of Starbucks downstairs to the lower level.  Take bus #15 all the way down the hill with no waiting in line for the tram for $4.20 HK,  less than fifty five cents, buses leave every 15 minutes till 1:00 AM. The bus stops at Ferry Building 5, a short walk to the Star Ferry from there. You have to remember the souvenirs, why else would you travel half way around the globe without getting something you may never need or use to take home.  Hong Kong Snow Glob on your holiday shopping list?  The Temple Street Night Market can fill your baggage with all kinds of goodies.  Located on the Kowloon side of the bay, this market opens around 7:00pm till midnight for normal Tee shirts, thing a ma bobs, what you call its you can not live without items, all for sale.  Walk around see what crafty thing are offered under the lights.   This area also has many of the famous Hong Kong fortune tellers ready to read your set of cards. One has a bird pick out the cards for you off the table, cute.   They are fun to experience at least once. The famous Hong Kong Mahjong Parlor is located close to the night market, see photo, take a peek inside.  The old time Chinese game played with 144 tiles, there is no gambling in Hong Kong but a lot of side bets among the housewives who play daily is common. The heal all red bean soup, Yum Cha, [Hong dou tang]. These cafes are located on the lower part of the night market area. Ask any local where is the Swan Restaurant for directions.  Served as sort of a heal all good for the tummy desert item, served cold in the summer, hot in the winter.  One bowl is all you need, share with a friend.   The two famous kitchens where a never ending continuos batch is always waiting with special secret herb ingredients for anyone who need s pick me up try a bowl of this.  Yes I have images for you, just look. Yes I did taste it, not bad.  The big golden pot is where the never ending batch is made.  The sign on the wall is the menu, offer two types of this specially item, pick one, pointing is all right.  Prices less than fifty cents a bowl. Hong Kong Laser Light Show another photography op not to miss.  Daily at 8:00 pm the show timed to music is about 15 minutes long.  The buildings are in Hong Kong, meaning you need to be on the other side of the harbour in Kowloon to see the light show. The Star Ferry Building in Kowloon lets you off right next to the pier Clock Tower at the Waterfront Promenade a viewing platform with speakers to hear the music which is timed to the laser show.  Here is the deal, arrive early around 7:00 pm to 7:15 no later at the Clock Tower area Waterfront Promenade to stake out your spot along the front rail.  I take two tripods, open them up to get ready, then have a seat on the bench directly in back of the front rail where my tripods are set-up.  I plan on only using one, but this gives me elbow room around the crowds and gives little bit bigger space as it were to operate my gear.  This area will get crowded just before 7:45 pm, remember to come early. My overcast day I was able to capture a few laser shots off the roof tops on the Hong Kong  side of the harbour, perhaps your weather day will be better, but for my travel photos of personal use these turned out just fine. The Anthony Bourdain TV show made two small Chinese Cantonese BBQ Pork and Chinese Goose cafe famous over night.  Two different shows from Anthony one cafe in each show.  Both places are really hard to find, so let me make it a easy task for you with a few photos and instructions on “how to find” the spot, the chair and the table where Anthony made wise talk and consumed a plate of cooked BBQ meat, a big can of Tsingtao with no rice. Your in Hong Kong right, why not have some local meat cooked in a traditional Chinese cooking methods.  BBQ Pork order Char Siu over rice and roasted Duck or Goose is really very tasty and after all anything meat BBQ’ed is good, right.  Sliced or chopped served over rice with a big can of local beer, Tsingtao will set you back less than five dollars. First place is called Joy Hing Roasted Meats, a hole in the wall cafe, you can see the Chinese name on the building which has no English letters, trust me this is what it says.  Address is 265-267 Hennessy Road @ the Wan Chai Metro exit.  The front of the restaurant is actually on Steward, not Hennessy, close to the corner of Hennessy, go around the corner on Steward 50 meters to find the front of the cafe, or just look for the line down the block. My roasted Goose plate with rice and a very cold beer was actually very good. The more traditional Chinese meal try Yung Kee Restaurant for his famous flying roasted Goose. This is a sit down full service menu,  the next best place in Hong Kong been around for over 50 years.  Google them for the trip advisor comments beside my recommendation here. Located at 32 Wellington Street, every Taxi knows how to get there !!  Flying you ask is the nick name associated with this Yung Kee Roasted Goose,  as many people from all over the world take one to-go with them traveling home.  They can special package your take away you only need to ask. This last BBQ  place for roasted pig and goose is located in the older section of Central area, just off the escalators. This street has many great photography op, open butcher shops, fruit vegetable sellers and fresh fish markets, walk around on Gage Street to see. The real hole in the wall cafe was visited by Anthony back in 2007 for a different food show and the local newspaper from his 2007 visit is still in the front window.  Truly this is a real hole in the wall place with actually an English sign on the front it maybe easy to find?  So let me explain how to find it and this place is rather easy. Lung Kee Restaurant is at G/F 5 Gage Street, Central.  Walking from the Ferry Buildings inland to the escalators up one or two sections, you finally go over a place where the walkway crosses the road to the left, uphill.  The over head sign on the walk way will say your at Central.  You are now at Lyndhurst Terrace Road and Gage is under your feet, ground level. Take the stair case to ground level.  The narrow street you see with all the signs, see photo, is Gage, mid way down this street look for a yellow sign on the right side printed in both Chinese and English Lung Kee, see the front of this restaurant photo below and look for all the BBQ meat and Goose hanging in the window, you have arrived.  Taxi can take you to Gage and Lyndhurst, you will need to walk down the pedestrian only style narrow street of Gage a 100 meters skip for the restaurant on your right side going downhill. Once in Hong Kong really, this place is easy to find, shown anyone this photo they can point to this place, or try a Taxi. The BBQ Pork and Roasted Goose over rice is excellent, sit, share a table is common if they are busy, have a cold can of China Tsingtao beer, rather good ice cold enjoy your holiday experience eating with the locals.  Come early as they close around 7:00 pm, this is a daytime lunch spot. Street Food stalls in Central area with open outside tables in the street are located on several back alley and side alleys are only a few blocks downhill from this Gage location.   Start walking back towards the harbour, they are located along your route back, show anyone or ask anyone where the food stalls are, they I am sure will point you to the location.  Photos below are only two blocks from Gage downhill.  The food stalls have all kinds of noodle dishes and assorted stir fries, some of the menus are in English, again most everyone does speak English you should have no problem ordering.  Like many small street vendors they only accept cash. keep on reading, see my dozen or more blog post on HONG KONG below to feel this city and of course see a few images I captured while on what I like to call my 48hr tour of Photography n Foodie tour. Russell Freeman on Google+!