Hong Kong is a long way from England, over six thousand miles away in fact, and after almost 24 hours of travelling we arrived achy and tired at our hotel in the Causeway Bay area of the city. It was late on a sunny March afternoon, and although we were excited to hit the city and explore, we were quite exhausted. The flight was about five hours longer than my previous longest flight to the east coast of the USA, so at that moment all I wanted to do was lie down for a while on the hotel bed.
As it was already almost evening, we just went out for a short walk around the area to see what was about. We hoped that a good solid night’s sleep would leave us feeling refreshed and ready to hit the city for a day of exploring, so we then grabbed some quick food and headed back to our hotel room on the 21st floor. When we woke up the next morning we were only slightly less tired than the previous night, but a few cups of tea perked us up a bit and after a quick breakfast we were ready to head out to see what Hong Kong had to offer.
We'd already bought our Octopus cards the day before at the airport, so going into the MTR station across the road from the hotel and catching a train was straightforward. We'd planned to catch the MTR directly to Tsim Sha Tsui, which is located at the southern tip of Kowloon, however the MTR was partially closed so we instead opted to travel to the very heart of the city, and then get a ferry to Kowloon. As we left the station and made our way northwards to the ferry dock, the sunshine hit us. Not in a pleasant way either; more squinty and uncomfortable like when you turn a bright bathroom light in the middle of the night! Soon we arrived at the ferry dock, ready to cross over to Kowloon.
The ferry had an upper and lower deck, both of which were very quiet with lots of empty seats to choose from. We sat on the upper deck towards the front, to get the best view out over the water. The price for the trip was $2.70 which equates to about 25 pence, amazing! Anyone who knows me well will wonder what the heck I was doing on a boat, as I get sick as a pig on pretty much anything that moves (cars, buses, boats... even rollercoasters and kayaks too). Even on the short ten minute crossing I began to get quite queasy, so although the ferry was a great experience, I was glad to leave it behind. The ferry arrived at the dock northern side of Victoria Harbour, and after waiting for the locals to get off first, we joined them on Kowloon.
Safely back on dry land, we began walking northwards up the western side of Kowloon. We had no real destination in mind as it was our first morning in the city and we just wanted to take it all in. We walked for quite some distance, watching people go about their lives in one of the most densely populated cities in the world, taking photos of everything I found interesting. I remember years ago when I was getting into photography, my dad told me that the wide angle cityscape images are the ones you’ll forget, and it’s the intimate details of a location that are worth photographing and remembering.
As I was using a slightly wide lens with a focal length of 40mm, I was able to get interesting street photos that captured a lot of the city without being too wide and losing a lot of the closer details that draw in the viewer’s attention. After pottering about for some time, we made our way up to the north east part of Kowloon to visit the famous Apliu Street market, but in order to stop my Journal from becoming too long and photo heavy, Apliu Street will form my next Journal entry, coming soon.
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- Carl -
All photos taken with a Voigtlander Bessa R3A, Nokton 40mm f/1.4 and Kodak Portra 400.