Yuen Long Wet Market

We were at a wet market in Yuen Long.

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I walked past this shed and felt I really had to take a shot.

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If you’re in construction, you have to be a bit of a Spiderman.

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They’re very agile.

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Chicken rice stall.

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We walked through a wet market.

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Straw hats for sale.

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Very fried and oily calamari (or were they oysters)?

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I thought the wall was rather beautiful.

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I was having a William Eggleston moment here.

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The second floor of a village house.

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Dried seafood.

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More dried seafood.

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Some more dried seafood.

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Dried seafood, anyone?

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Last chance to buy dried seafood!

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Scaffoldings offer lots of compositional possibilities.

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I walked around to obtain different angles.

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I have so many others but I’ll stop here.

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The underside of awnings too, can be beautiful.

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Check out the lines, colours and shadows.

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Sometimes the most common of things can offer up beauty.

The blue and yellow above go very well together.

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The arm offers a quirky variation to the scene.

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Bamboo scaffolding.

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Some more scaffolding.

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Parking lot signage.

 

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All photographs here were taken with the now classic Canon G11.

 

 

 

Yuen Long: Hello Kitty Organic Farm and Harbin Ice Festival

So, my family did the excursion package thing again and we went to the Hello Kitty Organic Farm and Harbin Ice Festival.

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First stop – Hello Kitty Go Green Organic Farm.

Check out the landscape here – I’m beginning to think it’s a myth that Hong Kong does not have enough land.

This is usually cited as an explanation for high property prices.

I’m beginning to think: if this is indeed a myth, then who benefits from this?

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There’re activities for kids here – they get a map and they’re supposed to get stamps at various stations.

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There’re handmade toys for sale.

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Plants for sale.

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Turn left for Hello Kitty.

Turn right for Hello Kitty.

Walk ahead for Hello Kitty.

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Run for Hello Kitty.

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Hello Kitty refreshment corner.

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It’s actually a very beautiful and intriguing place if you’re into (street) photography.

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Shady scarecrow.

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You could rent a plot of land here for a few months to tend to your crops.

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It’s all very properly laid out, with your name written down so you won’t end up tending to someone else’s plot.

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Feed the goat!

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Ditto what I said earlier about land in Hong Kong.

Look at my clever composition.

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Tiny windmill, tiny scarecrow.

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Ah – the pastoral life…

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Chrysanthemum tea for sale.

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Washing hands after feeding the goats.

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My very suave shadow.

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Our cheerful excursion guide.

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Boredom in the tour coach.

Yes finally, we arrived at the Harbin Ice Festival.
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The colours and lines look well-balanced to me.

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Nice looking cable tower…

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We were in the exhibition hall at Harbin Ice Festival.

It’s minus 10 degrees Celsius in here.

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Psychedelic penguin.

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Everything here is carved out of ice.

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I paid close attention to the colours.

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I’m having a Martin Parr moment.

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Bye bye and thanks for stopping by!

 

All pictures were taken with Canon G11, which you could now call a classic camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quiet Rural Hong Kong

Mention Hong Kong and you would think of skyscrapers, crowded streets, and the wonderful dimsum.

But there’s a quieter, meditative side to Hong Kong as well.

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You could find scenes like these…

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These are the views you get if you’re willing to live in somewhat out-of-the-way village houses.

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These are really quiet, meditative spots.

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If you’re willing to live near a farm…

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And this, too, is an environment where we could live with ourselves…

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Slow Day

The usual media depiction of Hong Kong revolves around skyscrapers, the Peak, and the excellent dim sum, of course.

But there is also another pace of life which you can see on weekends.

All photographs are taken at Ma On Shan, New Territories.

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You’ll see people cycling, fishing and taking leisurely walks.

There are fast-paced days and there are slow-paced days.

Today, we’ll go slow.

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The cycling route can be rather scenic.

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There’s an often-mentioned creative writing strategy: when writing a poem about love, never use the word “love”.

This entry is about cycling with my son, without photographs of us cycling.

You can see our bikes in the background though.

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At moments like this, we slip into another time. You’ll see people enjoying being alone, in their own space-time bubbles.

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This is the bike shop we go to when there’s something to the bikes I can’t fix. They’re really friendly and will actually tell me I don’t need that pair of fancy bike gloves when a generic one would do as well.

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My cynical self would think about the way they are setting up their profit margins. But they sometimes do minor repairs and maintenance for free as well.

The boss will just tell you it’s free of charge and please buy your next bicycle from him.

She was shielding her eyes from the sun, so naturally I brought my camera to my eye.

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That’s at the end of Wu Kai Sha beach. You’ll see quite a number of village houses.

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An open door.

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You could see the contrast between village life and high rise living here.

Hong Kong is a city of sharp juxtapositions.

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Thanks for reading!