Furry guardian

Most of the dried seafood shops in Sheung Wan have pet cats who diligently guard the stock. At US$165 a bag this quantity of Fish Maw (swim bladder) is worth a small fortune. Maybe the jewelers should consider following suit and bringing in some furry guardians to sit on the diamonds..

Mutant ninja turtle

If you’ve ever wanted your very own teenage mutant ninja turtle then make your way over to Mongkok where you can purchase a little Donatello for as little as HK$15 (US$2). *Disclaimer; Hello Hong Kong does not encourage the keeping of ninja turtles as pets/friends/miniature warriors

The shards of light in Man Mo temple

Visit the Man Mo temple on Hollywood Road at about 3:30pm and you will see the afternoon sun shining through creating these beautiful shards of light that come alive with the dancing smoke from the burning incense.

The second time with Joe and Caroline!!

This is Joe and his daughter Caroline who came on not one but two Hello Hong Kong tours this week! We took them from one end of Hong Kong to the other passing through all kinds of different neighborhoods. We went from projects (council housing) to the financial centre, to commercial centres, to beaches, onto boats, along the coast, to floating restaurants to sky-scrappers. We loved meeting you guys, happy holidays!

A very special pantyhose tea in Hong Kong!!

We had a great afternoon out with Darryl, Nancy and Charles this week. After picking them up at the Ritz we took them to explore some of the back streets of Sheung Wan and Central. We hopped from markets to temples to old family run tea shops and bakeries. This is them trying Hong Kong’s very special pantyhose tea. After this we headed over to Tsim Sha Tsui where we conveniently found ourselves sat at a roof top bar watching the sunset with a glass of wine.

The Magical tea!!

Yesterday we took Justin and Kelly out to learn about Chinese medicine. This is Justin knocking back a very bitter medicinal tea designed to neutralise the after effects of a heavy night on the booze! I’d like to think that the man stood next to him is also drinking the same tea.

Sighted some salted duck eggs from Vietnam!

We had a full tour out this morning on our HK Island Food Walk. As well as eating all of our favorite local foods we visited a Chinese medicine shop and Graham Street wet market. Here’s a picture of the group at the market looking at some salted duck eggs from Vietnam.

The Day out with Max and Kate!!

Hello Hong Kong had a lovely day out with Max and Kate today who are on the last couple of days of their 3 week honeymoon. Here they are in Sheung Wan checking out a few of the local delicasies being sun dried. Yes those are sharks fins!

A Stone Wall Tree – The Chinese Banyan

This is Wayne and KV who joined us on a 4-hour walking tour of Hong Kong yesterday. They are stood next to a very impressive ‘Stone Wall Tree’ (Chinese Banyan) on Hollywood Road. You can find these trees in walls that were built from the early 19th Century to around the Second World War in order to secure slopes from the hazards of landslides. The open joints between the stones allowed the Banyans to sprout. Sadly securing walls are built from concrete these days so you won’t find any new Banyans popping up.