Rise and Set: Here and There

Exactly ten days ago I posted my entry  “Dramatic Sunrise in Hong kong”  with 3 images for Cee’s fun foto challenge with similar theme.

For this week’s photo challenge  I am gladly presenting a photo of sunrise and a sunset. The sunrise photo was taken in 2014 in Chania at the Greek island of Crete with my Canon powershot A510 camera. According to file information it was taken before 6 o’clock. Photo details: 1/250 sek. f/5,5 23,1875 mm

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The sunset photo was taken in Hong kong last year with my current camera Nikon D3200. Photo details: 1/400 sek. f/10 70 mm ISO 100.

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Dramatic Sunrise in Hong kong

Thinking about sunrise and sunset I realized that I have observed more sunsets than sunrises. However it was my dream to watch sunrise in Hong kong which is very elusive. Everyday I set alarm but most of the days it was cloudy until the sun was high up. One day I saw glimpses of sunrise. The maximum I could manage 😀

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In response to Cee’s fun foto challenge this week.

I hope you like the images.

A visit to Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

Before leaving Hong Kong we wanted to visit Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha. I am glad we managed it. It was a rainy day with strong winds but still we managed the tour in half day.

Po Lin Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, located on Ngong Ping Plateau, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

The monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from Jiangsu Province on the Chinese mainland and was initially known simply as “The Big Hut” (大茅蓬 Tai Mao Pung). It was renamed to its present name in 1924. The main temple houses three bronze statues of the Buddha – representing his past, present and future lives – as well as many Buddhist scriptures.

Tian Tan Buddha, a giant bronze statue of  Buddha completed in 1993, is an extension of the monastery. It symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith.

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I didnot take pictures of every detail as “No Photography” or “No Entrance” signs were marked at many places.

This is my 5th and last informative post on Hong Kong. The earlier posts are just a click away!

https://mazeepuran.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/travelogue-part1-from-northern-europe-to-hong-kong/

https://mazeepuran.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/a-window-into-food-culture-of-hong-kong/

https://mazeepuran.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/the-worlds-biggest-pedestrian-crossing-in-shibuya-tokyo/

https://mazeepuran.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/glimpses-of-hong-kong/

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Information References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Po_Lin_Monastery

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tian_Tan_Buddha

http://www.nextstophongkong.com/po-lin-monastery/

 

 

Glimpses of Hong Kong

In Hong Kong the number of tall modern buildings are so many that it seems impossible to take a picture of any place without interference of another structure. I tried and I failed. I am going to live with it. I have taken some lovely shots with reflection but will keep them for another post.

In my free time I decided to travel to Hong Kong island and visit 3 places

  • The Victoria Peak
  • Man Mo Temple
  • Zoological and Botanical gardens

I took the peak tram to go up and bus number 15 to come back to town. The Victoria peak is a typical tourist spot. From the top one gets nice view of Hongkong island and of Kowloon side. It was a warm day with clouds.

Then I visited the 150 years old Man Mo temple. A small temple premises near the hectic financial district. The giant hanging incense coils are very special.

Finally I visited the zoological and botanical garden to take some rest and fresh air.

This is my fourth post on Hong Kong trip! The earlier posts are just a click away!

https://mazeepuran.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/travelogue-part1-from-northern-europe-to-hong-kong/

https://mazeepuran.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/a-window-into-food-culture-of-hong-kong/

https://mazeepuran.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/the-worlds-biggest-pedestrian-crossing-in-shibuya-tokyo/

A window into food culture of Hong Kong

We reached our hotel «New World Millennium» as expected. The hospitlity in east Asia is incredible. The bellboy and front desk staff were very friendly. The first impression was good BUT the check in time was 1400 hrs. The best option was to take a few things with us and leave the rest in luggage room.  To surpirse us even more, we were told that our room was ready. Hurray!

post2_3By the time we got ready it was already 11:30. No time was wasted and we took a cab to a well known Michelin star restaurant in Hong Kong called «Tim Ho Wan». I had read about queues and waiting time but luck was on our side and we got place to sit.

20171003_174015It was all packed and hardly any elbow room left. I found it even difficult to put my camera down. The table got filled with bamboo boxes containing our Dim Sum dishes. I preferred to enjoy meal over photography though took some photos so will give you idea about awesome dishes.

Soon after sitting at table we were given a menu card and a pencil to place our order, funny isn’t it. I took a quick photo just to share it with you.  Placing order is so easy just right the quantity and make a circle around it.

All the dishes were not known to us but the table mat has pictures on them to get basic idea about look and the main ingredients were mentioned in the menu. All set.

 

 

 

Check the links to know more Dim Sum.

 

My second post for WPC this week.

Travelogue: Part1 – from Northern Europe to Hong Kong

Hurray!!!

Here is a series of posts on my Hong Kong and Tokyo trip. In each post I will exhibit a particular aspect of my travel. I hope you will enjoy them. At the end of each post will mention “Points to Remember” who knows they might help someone 🙂

Being a frequent flyer I prefer searching various details before hand and then plan my trips. It is always better to plan and book tickets in advance. If one likes and travel with particular airlines one can get emails on special offers and is possible take advantage of such schemes.  It is also a good choice to check the offer on hotels with airlines tickets.

Anyways this time we plan to travel with SAS (the Scandinavian airlines) as they have direct flight to Hong Kong and Tokyo. For our own comfort we did not book the basic economy tickets and were very glad as the travel time from Stockholm to Hong Kong was 10.5 hours. Also we were able to use the lounge facility at Arlanda airport. But such things are really personal.

The journey with SAS flight SK 963 was comfortable. Food was according to standards (I am not very fond of airline meals but I make sure to drink enough water). We were served dinner and later breakfast.  I like their blanket more than food.  I am going to try to get one such blanket during my next visit to India. There were many entertainment programs on board. Some popular movies and some new releases and even some TV serial episodes. I did not spend too much time on entertainment as relaxing was my main goal on that flight. Mission was very well accomplished. Still I managed to enjoy french movie Sage femme (2017).

The flight was on time and reached Hong Kong international airport at 7:20 am. Weather was good and after regular procedures at the airport we followed the signs carefully and reached the bus station outside the airport.

Towards Hotel: We were advised to book hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. There are plenty of hotels in Kowloon and in Hong Kong island. We took airport transport bus no. A21 to our hotel.

Following the available information/advice on internet we wanted to buy On-loan “Octopus card”, an electronic card which can be used on all public transports and even in convenience stores and some other places. The minimum possible amount on card is HK$150 of which 50 is deposit. Each time one travels the fare is deducted from the card.  The card can be reloaded according to the use. The octopus card service on bus station counter was closed and so we bought 1 way tickets. It costed HK$33 per person. It was the cheapest way to reach the hotel. We enjoyed our ride.

We stayed in New World Millennium hotel in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Our room had spectacular view of Victoria Harbour. I am sure you will love the view as much as I did 🙂

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Points to remember:

  1. If you are vegan make sure you place your order while booking SAS ticket as there was no default choice for vegan menu.
  2. Make sure you get local currency either at airport of departure or at least before you leave airport building. In our case, we took money at Arlanda airport, Stockholm. International credit cards are not accepted every where. On public transport either you pay exact amount in HK$ or use Octopus card.
  3. One can get back the balance on On-loan Octopus card at customer service counter on MTR (Mass transit railway) stations in Hong Kong or at airport express counter against a minimal fee. I would suggest that instead of waiting until last minute to get the refund and rush to the airport counter it is better if you get your balance back at customer counter on MTR stations in city as the queue at airport express counter is an important issue.  Just make sure to have exact change for your ticket back to the airport.

More posts coming soon!!!

PS: I have solved my pc problem from my side with a Jugaad. Hopefully tomorrow it will be back to normal again!

Back to Business/Busyness

Hello friends, I hope all is good at your end!

I am overwhelmed by your kindness and would like to thank each and everyone of you for supporting my scheduled posts.

Here is my first regular post for “floral friday” after Hong Kong and Tokyo trip. The picture was taken in Botanical garden in Hong Kong. I shall soon be writing detailed posts on both the cities including travel, accommodation, food, culture and sight seeing information.

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I have taken a great deal of photos and will need time to sort and work on them.  Most important is I will not keep you waiting forever 🙂

Have a nice weekend!

 

Request for suggestions…

Dear friends,

I hope you all are doing good! In a few days will be travelling to Hong Kong and then to Tokyo, Japan. This will be my first journey in that part of the world. Although it is a work trip I would love to visit few places to get the real essence of these wonderful places. of which I have heard wonderful things and seen great photos.

I would really appreciate any comments or suggestions about do’s or don’t, a must see/visit or avoid places or things or acts.

Every place has a special work culture and social culture. If you have any experience kindly share it with me. If you know about a particular blog or post or site with interesting informations of these two places, kindly leave a link in comments section.

Thank you in advance!