While crossing Victoria Harbour with the MTR is faster and more convenient, there is a certain charm in crossing from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island the old fashion way, with the Star Ferry, operating since 1888. Few things beat the fresh breeze and views while crossing the busy harbour. It’s simply one of those things that you MUST do when visiting Hong Kong. It’s very cheap as well.
I got off at the Central Ferry Pier and walked towards the heart of Central using the central elevated walkway. By the time I reached Pedder Street and Queens Road Central intersection, it was raining steadily. I found some shelter and spent some time filming and people watching at the busy intersection.
I have previously captured the sights of Lan Kwai Fong at night, packed with party goers and bar hoppers. Today, I wanted to capture the area during daylight. I made my way there and the area was noticeably different.
The crowds were not there, the pedestrians were dressed for work and not for play. The employees of the numerous bars and clubs were preparing for the upcoming evening by unloading kegs and cases of alcohol off delivery trucks. The party was going to begin all over again in a few hours.
I headed west on Wyndham street, followed by Hollywood road, until I reached the Central-Mid-Levels escalator which was busy performing its intended task. Several filming scenes and curious/suspicious looks later and I was ready to move on towards Graham street.
I have visited the Graham Street Market a few nights earlier, just as the last few stalls were closing up shop for the day. Today, I was there when the market was in full swing. Not only is it one of the oldest street markets in Hong Kong (150-200 years), It is also a great place to observe a traditional street life scene of Hong Kong. The market’s focus is food, namely vegetables and fruit for the most part. The adjacent Gage street also has market stalls, focusing on food as well.
Plenty of restaurants of various style, size and price are found in the area surrounding Graham Street Market. Finding a good meal is not difficult.
Unfortunately, as Hong Kong shifts from its traditional past and focuses on modernization/refurbishment, Graham Street Market is scheduled to close for good as the entire area is planned to be re-developed. Hopefully, some of these traditional street markets shall be preserved and not disappear completely as they add a lot to the charm of the city.
It was already past mid day and I have decided to capture the final footage of the travel video in the Admiralty area. By the time I got there, the rain picked up again. This time it was pouring quite heavily, making it nearly impossible to capture footage without getting the camera lens wet.
I searched for spots that would shelter the camera from the downpour, yet interesting enough to capture some good footage of the area. That was the point where I was beginning to have trouble with my microphone. I simply could not get clear audio which was overlaid by an annoying hissing noise. I took is as a sign that it was time to hit the stop button. I packed up my camera gear, wrapped the Movi M5 with a plastic nylon bag and made my way off the rainy streets of Admiralty towards the closest MTR station.
10 days of nearly constant filming were over. Honestly, I was glad, and exhausted. The extended days, dozens of kilometers of walking, while carrying heavy equipment, and the need to focus / plan my shots on the spot, have taken their toll.
With the footage capturing portion of the trip complete, I had half a day to enjoy Hong Kong as a tourist. So, my first order of business as a tourist was to return to Causeway Bay to buy…some Indonesian hot sauce!
I have previously mentioned that I wasn’t focused on coming to Hong Kong for the sake of shopping. Obviously, a nice souvenir was in order. Time allocated to have a reasonably priced great quality custom suit would have been nice. But, I was not about to leave the Pearl of the Orient without my favorite hot sauce which was disastrously discontinued in my home town, nowhere to be found!
So, when I spotted the hot sauce in an Indonesian grocery store in Causeway Bay, I vowed to bring back with me as much of the hot sauce as I could carry. I got to grocery store and cleaned them out. I was now the proud owner of 12 bottles. It was time to return to the hotel with the loot.
A quick shower and nap later, I was ready to enjoy my final evening in Hong Kong. It began by eating at the famous ‘Spring Deer’ Chinese restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui, popular with the locals but especially the tourists since the restaurant is mentioned in practically every guide book. Even though I did not order their famous Peking Duck dish, I still enjoyed the meal although I have had better during my visit.
My next stop was the Lobby Lounge at the Intercontinental Hong Kong. The lounge’s massive wall of windows overlooks Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. It was a good place to chill, listen to a Jazz band playing, people watch, chit chat with others and drink some fine premium sake. Visiting a lounge bar or rooftop bar while in Hong Kong is a must.
Finally, I thought about going back to Lan Kwai Fong and hang out as just another weekend party goer. In the end, I have decided against it and preferred to stay in the area. I left the Intercontinental and walked to Ashley Road where I grabbed a snack and a drink at ‘Ned Kelly’s Last Stand’ pub. This older yet famous establishment was packed yet felt cozy. The Jazz band playing was excellent. It was the perfect spot to end the day.
Back at the hotel, I did some packing and went to bed. Tomorrow (Or should I say, daytime) was going to be a long day.