Walking in Kowloon

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Today I was out for a walk. I started by taking the MTR to Central. I contemplated taking the MTR across the harbour, but decided that I wanted to take the Star Ferry instead. Luckily for me, the same ticket card — the Octopus — can be used on most Hong Kong Transport Modes.

So I strolled from Central MTR station, via a few branches of Dymocks, to the Star Ferry. I always prefer to travel on the Lower Deck on the Star Ferry. As well as being 50 cents cheaper, it means that you can move around a bit more and enjoy the view.

The new reclamation occuring on the Hong Kong side of the harbour looks incredibly intrusive. It really feels like the new shoreline will be half way across the current harbour.

Once in Kowloon, I started to walk towards Lock Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. along the way I had to run the usual gauntlet of earnest Indian gentlemen trying to sell me tailor shops or copy watches. These guys must have a severely negative impact on the entire Hong Kong economy. I find it hard to imagine any tourist being happy to be regaled with "Suit sir? Suit sir? We do jolly good suit for you sir!" every ten paces.

I've often contemplated writing a Quake level where you get to walk around Nathan Road with a shotgun...

I always start to retort that I'm not a tourist, but, when I'm wandering about Hong Kong like that, I'm usually wearing a floral shirt, shorts and sandals. Now, while these are nice floral shirts — usually Armani or Abercrombie and Fitch, obtained for peanuts from the Sample shops in Wanchai — but, I sure as heck still look like a tourist.

I do notice that the MTR stations on the Tsuen Wan Line now have a cardboard cutout over Tsim Sha Tsui station, presumably so they can cope with the pending opening of East Tsim Sha Tsui KCR station later on this year.

I made my way to Tung Choi street in Prince Edward to get a few more tropical fish for the fish tank in the living room. The kids love having colourful fish around and it's also considered lucky to have fish in the house. The Cantonese believe that fish bring good fortune to a household.


Already Monday with you ?

Ah, that brings back memories - the Star ferries and the night view across the harbour from the front at Tsim Sha Tsui - spent several days on business trips passing through HK in the last few years, stopping over in Kowloon.

Anyway that's not why I stopped by your blog ...
I linked to your Christians in the White House scary story a short while ago, and someone fed me back a very similar story from George Monbiot in the Grauniad, earlier this year.

Hi Dave & wife.

My fiancee and I will be in HK fro 3 Oct to 10 Oct 2004.

I was there in May but am returning with my future wife and I'd like to know more about HK this time during our visit. Like cheaper eateries... off-beat places of interest, etc.

We are going to be staying at Star Guest House (I have stayed there before) and loved it, especially the price.

Do you have MSN or ICQ?

MSN - niceaussieguy@hotmail.com

ICQ - 11111084

Kindest regards.... John and Monina

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