It’s been over a month now since I was in Hong Kong and I’ve been busy studying Ruby ever since I got back (read more about that here). But over Christmas I finally found the time to sort through my HK photos.
I arrived in the early afternoon in the first week of November and checked into the Mei Ho House Youth Hostel in Shek Kip Mei, which I can really recommend! (Whatever you do, don’t choose a hotel in Chungking Mansions – it sounds awful).
That day I decided to walk from the hostel in the north of Kowloon all the way to the south to meet my friend in Tsim Sha Tsui after work.
According to Googlemaps the walk was supposed to take 90 minutes but with crowded places, taking photos etc. it took a bit longer.
In the center of Kowloon some of the main streets were still fenced off because of the student protests.
There weren’t a lot of protesters around when I was there on 5 November – unless they were all inside their tents. But walking along those streets I got the impression that the students had gotten a bit tired of the protests (understandably).
It was interesting to see how different the city became, the further south I walked. In the north there was clearly a lot less money and it seemed a bit more Chinese traditional if that’s a good way of putting it. No Gucci but lots of little shops, food stalls and markets.
Now compare this to the view from the Avenue of the Stars in the very south of Kowloon across the bay onto the famous skyline of Hong Kong island.
What a difference!