New Town Plaza in the 80's (Source: 昔日香港 on Facebook)
Despite it's utter tackyness, I find myself missing the things for two reasons: first, it reminds me of my very first trip to HK all those moons ago in Novemeber of 1995; second, its removal signalled a sprucing up of the old mall that has led to its eventual transformation into a place where only people with lots of money to burn and huge annoying wheely bags can afford to buy anything - with all the lcoal shops being priced out on rent and having to close or move into some dark corner of the neighbouring Shatin Mall.
Perhaps it's my age, but it doesn't seem so tacky seeing it now after all these years and I'm glad I have a nice little reminder of my first few trips.
The podium is a little haven of tranquility compared to thye hustle and bustle of the mall underneath, so it's well worth popping up there anyway even if you don't have any particualr interest in watching the fountain do its thang. I took a few snaps up here as well.
Looking north over to L.C.S.D HQ
East across to the opposite side of the Shatin Valley
South(ish) looking towards the Royal Park Hotel (on the left)
This lower shot is looking to the eastern part of the mall and looks to have some sort of crazy golf course over there, can anyone confirm? I've never heard of that before, it may just be another leftover from the 80's and 90's that is no longer used.
Well, anyway, if you don't fancy facing the hordes at the mall (and believe me, at weekends the whole of Mainland China seems to descend upon the place) then this is a good place to go and chill out whilst the other half does the window shopping. You can take in the sights, breath some lovely hazy air and best of all, sit and be mesmerised by the musical fountain.