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Monthly Archives: January 2011
Up in the hills above Hong Kong are a number of wild monkey colonies – not something you expect if you only spend your time on the city streets. But how did the monkeys get there?
Milk seems to be a difficult product to track down in Hong Kong. During my stay I felt like having a nice bowl of corn flakes with milk: finding breakfast cereal wasn’t too hard at the local supermarket, but the milk aisle was a bit different to what I am used to seeing in Australia.
The oddness is also seen at the Yee Shun Milk Company – they specialise in steamed milk puddings… Continue reading
To mark Australia Day, here is a collection of Aussie things I found in Hong Kong during my trip: it is a surprisingly long list.
The easiest to find was Australian beer: a six pack of Fosters will set you back $48.90 HKD, or just under $7 AUD.
From then on, things just got weirder. Continue reading
When I was planning my trip to Hong Kong, the only shopping I planned for was camera equipment, and possibly some model trains. One of the hobby stores that I found online was 80M Bus Model Shop, with a number of branches throughout Hong Kong. While looking for one of them, I came across another interesting looking shop across the aisle.
Once stepping inside, it was an Aladdin’s cave of diecast model aircraft. Continue reading
During my time in Hong Kong, I spent two weeks staying in Ma On Shan, a new town located on reclaimed land on the shores of Tolo Harbour, in the central part of the New Territories. My Aunt and Uncle’s apartment was 30-odd storeys up in the air, in an building that was 40 storeys high – in other words, a typical Hong Kong suburb.
However, a short walk from the busy town is the beach front village of Wu Kai Sha: which presents a complete contrast to what the average tourist expects.
How can this peaceful scene be less than a 10 minutes walk for the hustle and bustle of modern Hong Kong? Continue reading