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Lunar New Year Market, Victoria Park (維多利亞公園), Hong Kong

By on January 23, 2017 in Hong Kong with 0 Comments
Lunar New Year Market, Victoria Park (維多利亞公園), Hong Kong

I was in Hong Kong for a few days and I had been tipped off about a Lunar New Year Market that was taking place in Victoria Park (維多利亞公園), so I thought I would check it out….  The place was crazy!  It was absolutely packed.  And, I have no idea what Queen Victoria (statue below) would […]

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Tung Chung Fort 東涌炮台, Tung Chung, Hong Kong

By on January 22, 2017 in Hong Kong with 0 Comments
Tung Chung Fort 東涌炮台, Tung Chung, Hong Kong

Tung Chung was developed as a military stronghold, in order to drive out pirates in the area, around 1817 during the Qing dynasty with the construction of forts, guard-houses, and batteries around Rocky Lion Hill and Tung Chunh Hou. Tung Chung Fort 東涌炮台 (Tung Chung Suocheng (Tung Chung Battalion City)) was the naval headquarters for the Right Battalion of […]

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Tung Chung Battery 東涌小炮台 and Fu Tei Wan Lime Kiln, Tung Chung, Hong Kong

By on January 22, 2017 in Hong Kong with 0 Comments
Tung Chung Battery 東涌小炮台 and Fu Tei Wan Lime Kiln, Tung Chung, Hong Kong

When you wander around the main centre of Hong Kong you forget that Hong Kong has a history and so it was interesting to come across the Tung Chung Battery 東涌小炮台 and the Fu Tei Wan Lime Kiln near Tung Chung. There is not a lot to see of either the battery or the kiln, but when […]

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Hau Wong Temple 侯王宮, Tung Chung, Hong Kong

By on January 22, 2017 in Hong Kong with 0 Comments
Hau Wong Temple 侯王宮, Tung Chung, Hong Kong

Hau Wong Temple 侯王宮, Tung Chung, Hong Kong is very small, not very old, and is used for worshiping Yeung Hau Wong (Emporer Yeung Hau). The temple contains a bell that was cast in 1765, and this suggests a date for the first temple on the site, however, the ceramic decorations on the ridge of the roof […]

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Ma Wan Chung 馬灣涌, Hong Kong

By on January 22, 2017 in Hong Kong with 0 Comments
Ma Wan Chung 馬灣涌, Hong Kong

Ma Wan Chung 馬灣涌 – this was one of the great little old finds that you sometimes come across while out and about wandering around. I had come down to Tung Chung, Hong Kong with the aim of visiting the Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery, however, when I got to Tung Chung I discovered that the cable […]

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Tin Hau Kung Temple, Tung Chung, Hong Kong

By on January 22, 2017 in Hong Kong with 0 Comments
Tin Hau Kung Temple, Tung Chung, Hong Kong

The Tin Hau Kung Temple in Wong Lung Hang of Tung Chung is the last temple built of granite still standing in Hong Kong. The temple was built in 1822 in Miu Wan, near Check Lap Kok, and moved to its current location in 1990 when Hong Kong International Airport being built. The six stone pillars outside the […]

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Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 2 of 2

By on September 13, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 2 of 2

I continued to explore the Dinh Thống Nhất (Independence Palace / Reunification Palace), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. (See Dinh Thống Nhất (Independence Palace / Reunification Palace), Ho Chi Minh City – part 1 of 2 for more information and photos.) The Palace certainly has a very luxurious feel to it with each room clearly […]

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Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 1 of 2

By on September 13, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 1 of 2

Now, I got confused…  Was it Dinh Độc Lập or Dinh Thống Nhất, anyway, I do know it is called Independence Palace or is it Reunification Palace? This was one of these odd places to visit in Vietnam that I felt I recognised from some deep memory. When I was a small boy the Vietnam War was coming to […]

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30-4 Park, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

By on September 13, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
30-4 Park, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

30-4 Park was an interesting place. As far as I can tell it is just called 30-4 Park. That just seems to be a really odd name. Does it have some meaning from history that I’m not understanding? 30-4 Park seems to be the place for young people to hang out on a Sunday morning.  The […]

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Bưu Điện Sài Gòn (Saigon Central Post Office), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

By on September 13, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Bưu Điện Sài Gòn (Saigon Central Post Office), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Just across the road from the Nhà Thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn (Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica) is the Bưu Điện Sài Gòn (Saigon Central Post Office), which is a very impressive -looking building, And reminded me of the Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội (Hanoi Opera House), which I visited earlier on my trip. (It’s interesting that in a […]

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