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« 于: 十一月 24, 2008, 03:36:01 am »

Hi, I am Nevin from Hong Kong.  This is a new thread to, as Hugo fears, promote my blog (http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com)... NOT

Background
Seriously, I write because I love to write and I have written regulary so far.  For my blog, I write on topics that interest me of which some fit in the captioned subject: Hong Kong.  My articles are about Hong Kong from a local's perspectives.  The special thing about them is that I love traveling on my own and I love photography.  That's the reason why you will find in my articles things that are really interesting to anyone who wishes to see the real Hong Kong.  To be specific, I write about the culture, the micro-history, the way of life and similar soft stuff about this place that you will not find in the usual write-ups for tourists.  Whether you have been here or going to travel to this brilliant city one day, I hope my articles will serve to give a richer texture to your next tour here.

How this thread works
I will work like this: I will repost the articles form my blog. One at a time.  But the articles here will be without the intersting photos I took.  To compensate this, I will leave a link to the original article for each relevant post here so that you may hang around in my blog and check out the full versions with photos there.  To make things easier, I will stick to this thread for all new posts.   I shall see if this works well before I may change tact.

How good my photos are?  Again -- ad time Hugo -- come to my blog http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com to check them out before you tell me what you think.

Some minor points
I will try to come back to answer questions.   But that's no guarantee.  If you really need a reply or a discussion, leave a message / comment in my blog and you'll have a better chance to get a reply there.  Oh, yes, one last thing: the subject line is a stolen version of Woody Allen's famous comedy, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid To Ask).  The understatments are sort of similar: no one will give you a proper answer, meaning you will not find many, if any, who write about Hong Kong my way...in English and offered for free! (So I don't mind if you wish to show your support or give me applause by clicking the ads on my blog.  I'll not get rich because of that.  Your click is worth about US$0.0000001 each [don't really know the exactly amount but surely minimal.  It is just that bring supported is the best thing I can get from this.  NO ONE is obliged in any way of course. You are always welcomed to my blog and leave without a trace])

See you around.
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« 回复 #1 于: 十一月 24, 2008, 03:47:23 am »

Pigeon Hole Buildings(Original Post: http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2008/10/neighbourhood-residents.html)

In Hong Kong, there are lots of old buildings housing tens of thousands of families. More often than not, these "tenantment buildings" as known here by the locals are built around the WWII. They have a history of their own and provided shelters for families running away from China at first, then those starting to surf the booming economy and now new immigrants from Mainland China. As probably all old buildings of little extra values around the world, these buildings have become cheap places to rent or buy. But their new found potential of being bought out for urban renewal by the government have made them covetable to speculators that have the money to keep these buildings in stock for the government's handsome ransom at the right time. These buildings interest me for their pigeon-hole yet varied looks.

(Wow, this is new to me...the "http://www.daxueyingyu.com/sitewidepics/censoredxxxx.jpg" message.  When in Rome.)
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« 回复 #2 于: 十一月 24, 2008, 05:39:56 am »

You do realize that you mistyped the link in your first post, right?  Tongue
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« 回复 #3 于: 十一月 24, 2008, 11:40:07 am »

Thank you for pointing out to me the effect of a sleepless night.  Sooner or later, I am going to make funny spelling again.

Link fixed.
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« 回复 #4 于: 十一月 24, 2008, 04:28:44 pm »

Dude you have Google ads on your blog and encouraging others to click your ads are against the TOS. Tongue Haha, once you get banned there's no way back in. Wink

Anyway, I have a question about Hong Kong.

Actually, first let me ask, have you lived in Hong Kong all your life? Once you answer that I'll ask the other questions. Tongue

EDIT: Oh wait maybe I made a mistake about the ads on your website. I should add that from my location blogspot is once again unavailable. Sad Access to it is always off and on. Tongue
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« 回复 #5 于: 十一月 25, 2008, 10:45:29 pm »

Dude you have Google ads on your blog and encouraging others to click your ads are against the TOS. Tongue Haha, once you get banned there's no way back in. Wink

Anyway, I have a question about Hong Kong.

Read carefully, Hugo.  I didn't encourage.  I pointed out one of the ways of showing support.  I said, "NO ONE is obliged in anyway" and I welcome readers just come and go.

To your second question, tell me why you want to know and I'll let you know.

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« 回复 #6 于: 十一月 28, 2008, 11:28:49 pm »

Lonely Road(Read complete version with photos at http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2008/11/lonely-road.html)

I walk to work. Sometimes on the way, browsing people at a bustling road, I would think to myself, "How lonely is the road without the love of the crowd who the road carries on itself!"

Hong Kong people walk in a quickened pace with a solemn expression on their faces. We are the busiest type of species, the far-flung clansmen of the New Yorkers. A famous Chinese writer, Guang Zhong YU, once wrote about New York, "This is New York, the busiest barren land with a mixture of unfamiliar faces. With shoulders touching shoulders and toes reaching heels, passers-by on the crowded walkways are experiencing the shortest of physical space yet the farthest of spiritual distance." This rings true about Hong Kong too.

Some years ago, when my sister and I were working in Hong Kong's CBD, which is called Central, we used to take lunch together. One day over lunch, she told me, "Yesterday after lunch on my way back to the office, I was stopped by some tourists who looked extremely puzzled and worried on their faces."

"What gives?"I looked at her.

"They pointed to the crowd behind me," she continued in an amused grin, "and asked if a bad accident had happened at the far end cos everyone as I did was rushing the same direction towards them."

Fact is, nothing had happened. It was only that people were walking too quick a pace towards the same direction to the office area. The frowns on their faces must have made them more like scared people milling around in a quickened pace.
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« 回复 #7 于: 十二月 06, 2008, 02:30:38 am »

Chachangtang
"Chachangtang" is a local word which literally means, "Tea Meal House". The origin of these Tea Meal Houses is not known to me, but understandably it probably started after the fashion of those western haute cuisine resturants during the days when the British called the shots in Hong Kong. They were meant for the majority of the Chinese in the former colony, who in those days could not afford or resist the western meals growing in popularity. They are still meant for the locals. So just try any one of the Chachangtang to feel the atmosphere on your next tour to Hong Kong.

When will be the best time to go there? The locals have a penchant for breakfast in Chachangtang (instead of the McDonald's). Tea time is also the rush hours for Chachangtang and a good chance to see more in it.

What to try once you are in a Chachangtang?

Answer and the full version + photos are here:
http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2008/11/chachangtang.html ENJOY!
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« 回复 #8 于: 十二月 11, 2008, 07:50:10 pm »

Let There Be LightFor the best season to visit Hong Kong, don’t look beyond late October to late January. The cool and breezy autumn weather starts around late October. This is the season to do anything and everything outdoors. The best part is: the low hanging sun leaves a trail of abundant, gorgeous autumn light on earth in the daytime. Taking photos during those months will yield a higher percentage of good results.
Full version with colourful light/shadow photos: http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2008/12/let-there-be-light.html

If you come to Hong Kong, take a boat ride to the Lautau Island for the best sunset (and sunrise too) lookout on the second highest mountain, the Lautau Peak (934m). Visitors tight on time should head to the West Kowloon Cultural District site, or the more easily accessible Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront.
Full version with intriguing sunset photos: http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2008/12/when-rule-of-sun-coming-to-end.html

Just in case you're wondering the exact location of Hong Kong's best sunset lookout point in town, the first location is the corridor between Harbour City and Salisbury Road and the second is the top of the Harbour City as shown on the above map of Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
Full version with a map: http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2008/12/sunset-lookout-location-map.html
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« 回复 #9 于: 一月 06, 2009, 09:33:55 pm »

Ye Heung and Si Taup
(For full version with photos: http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2008/12/ye-heung-and-si-taup.html)

Some weeks ago, I published a post about the tenement buildings in Hong Kong. Most of these old buildings remain in Mongkok, Yaumatei and Shumshuipo on the Kowloon side, with some declared as monuments in Wanchai and Sheung Wan on the Hong Kong Island. Let’s get down (or up?) to the nitty-gritty of these buildings.

In most cases, these tenement buildings are closely packed together from  wall to wall, making it possible for residential units to have front and back windows only. Most of them are still poorly managed. There is no proper place even for mailboxes. The communal electrical and TV cables are lined casually in the common areas.

A large number of them are of three to four stories while those built in the 1960s have as many stories as eight and, for later ones, higher. But, sorry, you’ve got to walk up the stairs for no lifts are provided, which is, well, the second most appalling fact. What topping the list of appalling facts is: there was no flashing toilet in tenement buildings at first!

This is going to be filthy, mark you: The back section on each floor of a tenement building was used to be a communal kitchen next to which there was a “toilet” where tenants got rid of their waste in a round, wooden “Si Taup” (literally, faeces tower) of 2.5 feet in height. The “Si Taup” has a top opening of 2 feet in diameter. It is covered with a lid when not in use.

The lack of flashing toilet gave rise to the profession of what was known  as “Ye Heung Fu” (literally, nightly fragrant ladies) who cleared away the human wastes in containers in which the tenants empty the Si Taup at mid-night. The colloquial term “Ye Heung” is still used as a euphemism for human faeces, and "Si Taup" is playful equivalence of "toilet".
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« 回复 #10 于: 一月 26, 2009, 09:15:11 am »

Tai O: Oasis of ComfortHong Kong impresses many as a busy business city.  There are more about this place.  Let me show you around the contryside.

Tai O is a fishing village on the western tip of Hong Kong's largest offshore island, the Lautau Island, bordering on Mainland China's waters. It is, so to speak, in relatively pristine conditions. It is usually touristy on weekends. The Thursday I visited there coincided with the birthday of the monkey god. A scaffolded hall was erected for Cantonese opera performances in celebration of the sacred day. The photo in the original post shows villagers leaving the hall after the last performance in the afternoon session.

There are a total of five instalments of this Tai O series which can be viewed after the links:
http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2009/01/oasis-of-comfort-tai-o-series-1.html
http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2009/01/moment-of-bliss-tai-o-series-2.html
http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2009/01/whispers-of-mountains-tai-o-series-3.html
http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2009/01/light-that-plays-tai-o-series-4.html
http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2009/01/few-and-far-between-tai-o-series-5.html
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« 回复 #11 于: 三月 28, 2009, 05:49:16 pm »

The Last Old Resettlement Estate in Hong Kong
I have been working on a self-initiated project on history of the resettlement estates in Hong Kong, prompted by the scheduled demolition of the last old-style resettlement estate in Hong Kong, the Lower Ngau Tau Kwok Estate (LNII).  These estates were built by the British since the 1950s.  They are a very important part of the history about Hong Kong's old way of life as most locals in those days were housed in such estates.

I have taken lots of interesting photos in the LNII and written several posts about the history.  The project hasn't finished yet.  Mine are the very few reports of the same kind that you could find on the web. If you are interested, the first three posts can be viewed after the links below:

http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2009/03/lnii-series-last-resettlement-estate.html
http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2009/03/lnii-series-living-in-matchboxes.html
http://ricoh-gx.blogspot.com/2009/03/lnii-series-outlaw-territories.html
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