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Another of my favourite places in Hong Kong. One of the city's quirkiest modes of transport is the Central - Mid-levels Escalator, built as a connection between the financial district and residential areas further up the hillside.
From its starting point on Queen's Road Central, the escalator snakes its way through one of Hong Kong's oldest and most interesting neighbourhoods - an eclectic blend of wet markets, colonial structures, hip restaurants, watering holes and art galleries. Like the city as a whole, it keeps a precarious balance between age-old tradition and unashamed modernity.
Easily one of the best parts of my hometown. When friends come to visit, this is where I take them to see a greener and lesser-known side of Hong Kong. The tourist magnets are Ocean Park, Repulse Bay and Stanley, but beyond these three places there is plenty more to explore. The avid hiker will love the island's mountainous interior, and sun-worshippers will delight in its string of beautiful beaches. For the culture vulture, there's a bustling fish market, colonial architecture and the annual dragon boat races in Stanley and Aberdeen.
One of my favourite parts of Hong Kong was the skyline. The angular shapes of the skyscrapers contrast against the rolling mountains behind, and the clouds pile up behind the peak. This is a condensed version of the skyline as seen from a boat ride around the harbour, with all my favourite bits in it!
This is Po Fook Ancestral Halls / memorial halls (also sometimes known as Bao Fook). It is a large, modern-ish burial ground near the 10,000 Buddha temple in the Sha Tin area of Hong Kong. Confused tourists often end up here whilst trying to find the 10,000 Buddha temple, which has a small entrance a little bit further down the road. However this place is worth a look anyway, with a big jumble of red and white traditional style buildings which pile up on several layers around a big pagoda in the middle. There is also some really peaceful gardens by the base of the temple full of turtles lazing in the sun.
Dontonbori is an area in Osaka City, Japan. Food is a big part in Osakan culture as they were looked down upon in feudal Japan as they were a city of merchants. As a result the people of Osaka was forbidden to spend on finer items such as cloths, shoes, and jewelry. As a result, they spent all their food on food and entertainment, hence the birth of kuidaore, "to ruin oneself by extravagance in food."
After a summer long family vacation in South Korea, we took a few days to explore Jeju Island, where I celebrated by 13th birthday in the most memorable way- climbing rocks by a beautiful sparkling waterfall, horseback riding, walking along the beach with the clearest blue water, and a delicious Korean feast with tasty rice cakes for dessert!
This is the town I always go to for shopping, cinema, exploring, sightseeing etc. since I was very little. Odawara has a nice mixture of old and contemporary culture. I love the way the town is growing international those days. Must visit place!