Monday, October 10, 2011
Old but Charming in Hong Kong
Call me traditional, but I feel Hong Kong's charm lies in its old buildings more than its dazzling modernity. I never tire of gazing at the gritty, well-worn facades that must have seen so much history. This is one of my favourite buildings on Nathan Road. I don't know why but I just like it.
Many of these look a bit seedy and run-down.
In my previous trip, we saw some really old buildings near Mid-Levels on Hong Kong island.
Even mailboxes there bore old school Chinese motifs.
Wing Lee Street, in particular, held lots of gems from the 1960s. It's the shooting location for the award-winning film, Echoes of the Rainbow. The government actually overturned a redevelopment plan to conserve these buildings instead.
So haunting and evocative.
Sadly, most old buildings are making way for new ones. But there are plenty more to look and marvel at.
Nostalgic areas make great backdrops. Here's a bride and groom coming down old stone steps on Hong Kong island (I forget which street exactly, but also near Central/Wellington Street).
If you like old buildings too, you might want to follow furkidsinhk on Instagram who lovingly details lots of these in Hong Kong, and the stories behind them.
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