Haiphong Road is a narrow one-way (?) street heavy pedestrian foot traffic with distinctive patterns. On the side closer to the harbour there are shops, and on the other, a raised park. As this was about 5-6 in the evening, the traffic flows were predominantly towards Nathan Road (they flow in the opposite direction for most of the day). At these times of the day, people, not cars rule the road.
I distinctly remember this, as last time I was in Hong Kong, a food allergy scare after having some desserts at a certain restaurant in a shop in Harbour City (for reference, there was quite a rude young spiky-haired waiter dude there that day who wasn't very happy to be told that he had brought us the wrong drinks), and ended up limping back to my hotel room along this road in a haze of agony (this continued on until the next morning). It's not a laughing matter to feel like your stomach is twisted and bloated at the same time, with nasty cramping at regular intervals, and chills. Errrhhhhh....
Tsim Sha Tsui
Many of the streets around Tsim Sha Tsui are short, narrow, and tightly intertwined in an irregular network which is more suited to foot traffic than cars. Unless you know where you're going, it can at times become easy to get lost.
Street Sights and Shops
Another little side street... The golden arches are everywhere!
K11 is a triangular shaped building, and one of the tallest buildings in Tsim Sha Tsui. The lower levels are a shopping mall (featuring a colourful, vibrant, and constantly changing display in its foyer), while the upper levels hold office space and apartments.
This time time, they had a giant pink inflatable pig with wings, in front of a "love me" sign. (Last time I was here, IIRC they had a dinosaur or wildlife safari theme)
The mall is also home to a number of artworks. For instance...
Waterfront at Night
After heading back to the hotel for a quick nap/rest, I went back out to see the lights of the harbour at night. This was one of the big things I'd been planning to do on this trip, since there's a tradition here for the skyscrapers to build Christmas decoration displays.
The Peninsula Hotel looks grand by day. By it looks even better by night!
Nice lighting design helps highlight the fine detailing of this heritage building
The tower is a modern extension of the original hotel building including among other things a helipad or two (used for helicopter flights over the harbour, but also over to Macau).
Side view of the building, lit in part by the ultra bright white light of a bus shelter down below.
It's a pity that although they had set up some Christmas lights, these weren't complete/turned on during my stay.
A closer look at just one of the Christmas displays
Star Ferry on a scenic cruise around the harbour. They offer two services: 1) Cross Harbour, 2) Scenic Tours
Sculpture in the style of the Beijing 2008 Olympics torch. Probably gifted to the city in memory of the role it played hosting the equestrian events during these.
The Convention Centre...
The new tallest building? Apparently this has a viewing deck (quite expensive too though). On the right, stairs up to the raised walkway...
More Christmas displays...
Waterfront Park Gardens
Curving walkway by night
Under the covered walkway - it was starting to drizzle by that point (again). Fortunately, not before I'd already taken photos of the harbour.
Uplighting on the side of the Cultural Centre
Outside the ferry terminal, there are many taxis and busses parked, ready to transport people to their destinations upon arrival.
Harbour City Christmas displays lit up by night
Colourful rainbow lighting along a pier beside Harbour City (or perhaps part of the mall).
Billboards along Canton Road
The set of shops across the road from Harbour City are set in some rather beautiful buildings...
"The Tree" outside iSquare. Once again, it still wasn't lit up.
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