Hong Kong Images

Hong Kong is one of the most visited cities in the world.[1] I have been to Hong Kong a number of times myself. I love the crowd, the food, the subway, the shopping malls, and the iconic skyline. With only a total land area of 1,100 km2, the city can be easily explored even by first-time visitors.
 
Over the years, I have taken hundreds of pictures of the city and my digital photo album just keeps growing! So, I decided to share some of my favorite photos here. Most were taken in December because I love Christmas in Hong Kong.
 
Sit back, relax, and enjoy as I take you to a virtual trip to this city!

Getting Around

Despite Hong Kong being a former British colony, one study shows that only 6% of the population can speak English well.[2] If you don't speak Cantonese, you'd still be fine because getting around the city is very easy. Signs are always written in both English and Chinese. The city also has an incredible subway system.

Causeway Bay MTRCredit: Rainy Kua

Each subway station is color-coded[3] so you can easily tell which station you are in. As you can see in the photo, purple is the color of Causeway Bay station.

Beautiful Skyline

Hong Kong is famous for its beautiful skyline, which is ranked by CNNGo as the number 1 in the world.[4] The harbour, viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui, is a must-photographed place and it's not hard to see why! The panoramic view of Hong Kong is much more beautiful at night. Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong's "Hollywood Walk of Fame", offers one of the best views of the cityscape. While you're there, you can take pictures of your favorite Hong Kong stars' plaques.

Hong Kong WaterfrontCredit: Rainy Kua
My favorite comedian Stephen Chow's handprints. I apologize for the blurry photo. It was slightly raining that day.
Stephen Chow HandprintsCredit: Rainy Kua
 
My favorite action star Jackie Chan's handprints!
Jackie Chan HandprintsCredit: Rainy Kua
 How I wish I was touching my idols' hands!

Exhibitions in Shopping Malls

Hong Kong malls host themed exhibitions throughout the year. My favorite are the Christmas exhibitions since they are the most colorful and vibrant. I always see both locals and tourists taking their pictures in front of the displays.

Times Square

Time Square had organized a Barbie themed exhibition in December 2011. I have always been a Barbie lover. I played with my Barbie dolls all the time when I was a kid. I still have my dolls up to this day. Needless to say, I was giddy when I saw so many Barbie dolls in one place. I took loads of pictures until my battery went dead.

Barbie Dolls at HK Time SquareCredit: Rainy Kua Barbie Dolls Display

The bird's-eye view of the lobby.

Barbie Dolls Bird's Eye ViewCredit: Rainy Kua

Barbie up-close

Barbie DollsCredit: Rainy Kua

Barbie and Ken's pictures on a pink wall.

Pictures of Barbie and KenCredit: Rainy Kua

apm Mall

These ladies remind me of Yukari from the anime Paradise Kiss. These were taken during our trip to Hong Kong in December 2011.

apm Mall DollsCredit: Rainy Kua

Harbour City

I always look forward to visiting Harbour City. The decorations are always incredibly nice. Over the years, the mall has collaborated with different companies featuring pop icons such as Doraemon, Optimus Prime, Spiderman, and Disney characters. You can follow Harbour City on social media to keep an eye on the upcoming events.
 
December 2009
2009's theme is my favorite so far! The winter fairies and the mini Christmas trees were very cute! Each fairy was enclosed in a crystal case. Their presence made the place look enchanted and magical.
Harbour City FairyCredit: Rainy Kua
December 2011
I really love Toy Story movies. I was so happy to see Woody and friends at Harbour City!
Harbour City WoodyCredit: Rainy Kua

New Town Plaza

New Town Plaza is located in New Territories, the northern part of Hong Kong. The mall is the largest in the area. It is directly linked to Sha Tin MTR station.
 
This picture was taken in December 2009. So many Snoopy's in different colors!
Shatin Mall SnoopyCredit: Rainy Kua

Langham Place

This quirky shopping mall is located in the busy Mongkok district. Its unique architecture makes it a fun place to visit.
 
December 2012
Most animals featured were Arctic animals such as Polar bears, penguins, and seals. There were snowflake decorations all over the place. I felt like I was in Winter Wonderland!
 
A white reindeer with her child.
Langham Place Christmas 2012Credit: Rainy Kua

Three little penguins.

Langham Place Christmas 2012 PenguinsCredit: Rainy Kua

I've always been afraid of heights. This long escalator at Langham Place makes me shudder!

Langham Place EscalatorCredit: Rainy Kua

Note to self: No matter what happens, don't look down!

December 2013

Langham Place is known for hosting Hello Kitty themed exhibitions. This month, our beloved Sanrio characters were dressed in Russian costumes! How cool was that?
 
Hello Kitty, clad in Russian winter clothes, drives a fancy red carriage.
Hello Kitty at Langham PlaceCredit: Rainy Kua
 Minna no Tabo and his dog guarding their post.
Minna no Tabo with Dog at Langham PlaceCredit: Rainy Kua

1881 Heritage Hotel

We were on our way back from Harbour City when we came across this beautiful hotel. The Victorian architecture of the 1881 Heritage Hotel gives me a nostalgic feel. The exterior of the building is very impressive. If you're in Hong Kong during the Christmas season, be sure drop by this place. Some people go there just to take photos because the Christmas decorations are top-of-the-range!

1881 Heritage Christmas 2011Credit: Rainy Kua
Our visit in December 2011.
The displays felt like they were taken from fairy tales.
This one reminds me of Cogsworth (the clock in Beauty and the Beast)...
1881 Heritage Christmas 2011 ClockCredit: Rainy Kua
 
...and Mrs. Potts
1881 Heritage Christmas 2011 PotsCredit: Rainy Kua
 
Our visit in December 2012.
Several smartly dressed teddy bears were on display. They conveyed an aura of gentility.1881 Heritage Christmas 2012 Bear 1Credit: Rainy Kua
1881 Heritage Christmas 2012 Bear 2Credit: Rainy Kua 1881 Heritage Christmas 2012 Bear 3 1881 Heritage Christmas 2012 Bear 4Credit: Rainy Kua

Sweet Christmas Tree

We spotted this delicious-looking Christmas tree outside a mall in Kowloon. It was made of hundreds of Rocher Ferrero chocolates! I wonder if they were real chocolates or just wrappers. I wanted to grab one!
 
Rocher Ferrero Christmas TreeCredit: Rainy Kua

Hong Kong Theme Parks

Because of Hong Kong's vibrant atmosphere, it's always a favorite vacation spot of children. Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland have to be included in your itinerary if you're travelling with kids and teens!

Hong Kong Disneyland

My first visit to Hong Kong Disneyland was in my early 20's (Was I too old?). It was also my first ever visit to a Disney park. Needless to say, I was really ecstatic that time! I was probably too old, but my twin and I ran around the park like two little overzealous kids.
 
I never throw my tickets. I collect them as keepsakes. I still have one of these in my wallet!
Hong Kong Disneyland TicketsCredit: Rainy Kua
We were waiting for our turn to take pictures with Mickey and Minnie when someone outside the gazebo pulled Minnie. She was shocked and cried in Mickey's arms. I wasn't quick enough to capture that sweet moment.
Mickey Mouse DisneylandCredit: Rainy Kua
The first time I saw Duffy the Disney Bear was way back in 2010 at Tokyo DisneySea. I think he was starting to gain popularity around that time. I guess he was pretty unknown in other countries. I was surprised to see a lot of Duffy merchandise in Hong Kong the following year.
Duffy the Disney Bear MerchandiseCredit: Rainy Kua
Duffy the Disney Bear DisplayCredit: Rainy Kua
Look who was coming with us? I went to Hong Kong airport's Disney store and finally got a Duffy bear for myself! Duffy was now officially a member of my family!
Duffy the Disney BearCredit: Rainy Kua
 

Hong Kong Ocean Park

Aren't these goldfish adorable? I would love to give them a lil squeeze (yeah, that's my way of showing affection to any living creature). But that would hurt them and there's no way of putting my hand inside the tank, so I just waved at them like crazy and wished that they could somehow feel my love through the glass.
Ocean Park Goldfish 1Credit: Rainy KuaOcean Park Goldfish 2Credit: Rainy KuaOcean Park Goldfish 3Credit: Rainy Kua

Get Closer to Nature

If you're tired of the usual stuff like malls and theme parks, take some time away from the bustling city.

Sai Kung

Sai Kung is just a 30-minute bus ride away from Diamond Hill station. You can go there and relish some fresh and delicious seafoods!

You get to pick your dishes right from the tank! Talk about freshness!

Sai Kung Fish TanksCredit: Rainy Kua

A fisherman selling his catch to the restaurants.

Sai Kung FishermanCredit: Rainy Kua

It was nice to feel the sea breeze while looking at the docked boats.

Sai Kung BoatsCredit: Rainy Kua

Repulse Bay

Go to Repulse Bay and enjoy the beach. You can also visit the shrine in the East, which houses colorful statues of deities. The beach was almost deserted when we visited.

Repulse BayCredit: Rainy Kua

This is a very colorful statue of the East Sea Dragon King.

Repulse Bay Colorful StatueCredit: Rainy Kua

This golden fish reminded me of my pet fish waiting for me back in Manila. 

Repulse Bay Golden Fish StatueCredit: Rainy Kua

This is the Tin Hau statue at Kwun Yam Shrine.

Tin Hau at Kwun Yam ShrineCredit: Rainy Kua

Nan Lian Garden

Nan Lian Garden is a quiet sanctuary within the city. Since it's quite small, it doesn't take much time to see the whole place.
Nan Lian PondCredit: Rainy Kua 
The golden pagoda glistening under the sun.
Nan Lian Garden PagodaCredit: Rainy Kua
The view from the footbridge.
Nan Lian ViewCredit: Rainy Kua
Koi swimming happily in the pond.
Nan Lian KoiCredit: Rainy Kua

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