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China: Asian Hong Kong – VIDEO

Published: 16.5.2017
I have already shown you Hong Kong and its hundreds of skyscrapers, and riches. However, there is much more than modern architecture. If you are watchful enough you notice many details inspired by Asian more than our Western culture.

Stores selling dried jellyfish, heads of hammerheads, types of medical mushrooms and herbs beyond count? Dinning rooms displaying whole roasted duck hanging upside down? Buddhist temples with their interiors veiled in joss stick smoke? All of this actually is in Hong Kong. And this is what I love about the city.

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Many people keep little shrine in front of their home, they give you warm water to food (the same goes for the rest of mainland China). In Mong Kok district especially you can walk in vast marketplace where fresh fish are sold as well as sea fruits. Incomprehensible squiggles are all around you. Sometimes one can easily forget that he is in east Asia. Hong Kong gladly reminds you of your actual location.

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Being in Mong Kok district means be surrounded by amazing Asian streetfood, and typical "shopping streets". On every street different type of goods is being sold. So it can easily happen that there are twenty stores selling pots, and pans one lined next to another; next line could be stores selling spare lights to cars, twenty stores selling pets... Well, I couldn't get a grasp of the principle behind this strange aligment. But it seems to work.

Cčtvrť Mong Kok   trh na Mong Kok

If you find out the city boring, you can still see the jungle. Yes. Large share of Hong Kong's area consists of beatufiul jungle, a great destination for a trip. Some islands across which Hong Kong is scattered, are the perfect places where to make a day-long trip. Moreover, you can even reach several original fishing villages.

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 A visit to Hong Kong is an intense and diverse experience as I wrote in the first part Be sure to have enough time to thoroughly explore it. I was styed there a whole week. Still I didn't manage to see the nearby Macau, or the cities of the Pearl River Delta which you can visit for a couple of days and don't need a visa. Hopefully I manage to come back there at some point in the future.

GPS: (čtvrť Mong Kok) 22°19'10.5"N 114°10'11.3"E

 

Text, photos, and video: Matouš Vinš

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