One of the many interesting visuals in abundance in Hong Kong is the juxtaposition of old and new architecture. Here you have this modern city with metal and glass skyscrapers developed next to older (dingy) buildings and apartments. At times it felt like walking through a movie set. For instance, as in the picture above, which is the entrance to Temple Street (near the markets).
A tram ride took us 1,811 ft. up to
. The ride itself is disorienting as the climb up to "The Peak" as its commonly known, is so incredibly steep. Steep to the point where the buildings on either side of us seemed to be leaning at a near 45 degree angle - vertigo anyone? Colby wasn't a big fan of the ride! But we loved the views. Simply breathtaking.
We were mesmerized by the mammoth amount of signage that hung and overlapped throughout the streets. At night, it was a rainbow bright spectacle of neon.
A random splash of color to accent a building here and there was interesting.
The Flower Market to be completely truthful, was disappointing. Perhaps it was my own preconceived expectations that let me down.
On the other hand, the Gold Fish Market was amazing! A brilliant display of beautifully colored fish for sale.
The Jade Market turned Colby and I like kids in a candy store. "Mrs. Chen" sold us necklaces for our moms and bracelets for us to wear. This is a huge marketplace where some serious bargaining takes place but the vendors can get quite aggressive too.
This part of Hong Kong was a little tough to stomach. I'm not really into entrails and fish heads and the sight (and smell) of all the raw meat hanging outdoors in the 100 degree weather was kinda disgusting. I am, however, glad we walked through to experience what is a normal part of the Chinese culture.
Hello SCAD Hong Kong!
Alleys like this one are everywhere in Hong Kong. Many them are set up for tourists looking for souvenirs.
More adventures to come!