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Hong Kong, China - August 11th-21st 2001

One of Nosher's mates - David "Sparky" Hardaker, happens to know some people who live out in Hong Kong. Every summer, they return to the UK leaving the house most-or-less empty. They also offered to let DH use the house and take anyone else over, which is an unbelievable offer that just couldn't be turned down. And so it was - Nosher and DH made the 11.5 hour flight to Hong Kong to stay in an amazing 5-floor house in Stanley (with swimming-pool), to the south of Hong Kong central. As a bonus, one of the housemaids - Josie - was left behind to help us out.

next album: Lantau Island and Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong - 14th August 2001
previous album: 3G Lab do Newmarket Races, Suffolk - 15th July 2001

Stanley Harbour, near the Custom's House

The former customs house, Stanley

One of the main streets on the Stanley waterfront. The bar on the right became something of a haunt for Nosher and DH

A small, back-street restaurant we visited one night

The view of the swimming pool, from the top of the house

A view from the top-deck of a bus as it takes us into Hong Kong central

St. Paul's Church

The Bank of China tower

The Lippo Center, taken from the balcony of the Citibank building

Connaught Road, looking towards Wan Chai

Some of the side-street markets in Central

A building being renovated. Note the bamboo scaffolding

Looking down into a street from one of the mid-level escalators

The classic view of Hong Kong from the top of Victoria Peak

The rack-and-pinion train crawls up Victoria Peak

Nosher at the top of the peak, photo taken by a Dutch girl Nosher actually spoke to on the train

The back of the HSBC building and the Customs House

Josie, our wonderful Filipino maid, in the kitchen of the house in Stanley

DH sticks some tunes on the CD

The Star Ferry, which plies its way to and from Kowloon every ten minutes or so

More Hong Kong waterfrontage

DH takes a photo in the dusk

Hong Kong by night

Fun with signs: an inadvertent translation

Every morning Josie would prepare a fresh-fruit breakfast. How cool was that?

DH and Nosher sit by the pool for a bit

In the park: looking out from inside a fountain

Looking down on the Zen Gardens from the top of a tall pagoda

DH and Josie eat dinner

A pile of dismantled escalator stairs

Time for a quick snooze in the park

A bunch of terrapins whiz about and try to escape from the pond

A museum featuring a history of teapots

Inside a 'biodome'

A somewhat-grey vista of Hong Kong from Kowloon

Kowloon street scene

On Sundays, just about every Filipino in Central meet to chatter. Every available underpass or covered area is occupied, and the overall noise sounds like a million birds twittering

In Stanley, opposite the fire station, DH and Nosher await the bus

Another view of Stanley Harbour

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Stanley Harbour, near the Custom's House