Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Old KCR Warning Sign, Shatin

The next post is short and sweet - in my case that's usually for the best - but it's one that illustrates just how different the KCR rail line used to be. It involves a (rather striking) old warning sign located on a pedestrian bridge that crosses the track near in Sheung Wo Che in Shatin.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Luen Wo Market, Fanling

This place has been in the news because it is one of the sites about to be sold by the Govt for redevelopment. Now, before you all cry foul, the good news is that one of the conditions of the land sale is that the old market building - a very stylish single storey art deco structure - must be preserved. Perhaps the Govt is finally beginning to listen to people about heritage preservation (although I won't get my hopes up for other buildings just yet).

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

A Reminder of the Sea Palace, Aberdeen Harbour

If you have read my post about the Tai Pak Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen Harbour, then you should already recognise the name of the two restaurants that are still there - the aforementioned Tai Pak and its younger, bigger brother the Jumbo. Both of which now form what is known as the Jumbo Kingdom.

However, for a time there were more than just those two places. There was also a third, equally extravagant in appearance, called the Sea Palace. I don't have a picture of it myself because the Sea Palace had already gone before I had even set foot in this great territory but, for those interested, here is a link to Cardcow.com that features it and, of course, fans of my Film Locations blog will probably know that the Sea Palace can be seen on screen next to the Tai Pak in the following screencap from Enter the Dragon (it's the one with the orange roof).

Monday, 22 September 2014

Lions Club International Pavilion, Shatin

Another quickie, this time we head over to Shatin to look at the Lions Club International Pavilion that sits on a hillside above the MTR East Rail station. It's not quite as impressive as the Lions Club International Pavilion that can be found at Victoria Peak (as seen in Bloodsport), but I guess Shatin Peak (as it is often called by my local friends) offers a pretty good panorama of the valley (formerly a sea inlet) with the added benefit that hardly anyone goes there.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

1a Cornwall Street, Kowloon Tong

Since moving to the area a couple of years ago, I've been continuing my explorations of Kowloon Tong. I'll re-post my article on the original Kowloon Tong Estate houses sometime soon, but in the meantime here is another property that has a rather more interesting history than most.

I found out about this place a while ago whilst visiting the rather excellent Museum of Coastal Defence. One of the display boards in the main exhibition hall has/had a list of current military sites being utilised by the PLA. Rather than write down the list you can have a look for yourself because I took some snaps of the display.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

State Theatre - King's Road, North Point

Time to start rolling out some short but sweet posts that were quite fun to do, I have a whole bunch of them to do in no particular order but I was reminded of this place recently so it's as good a place to start as any. I've also been spending more and more time in North Point on Hong Kong Island recently so I'm getting to know the area a bit better. There are some great points of interest all over but one of my favourites is this old cinema building that sits on King's Road.