Showing posts with label Hong Kong. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hong Kong. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Yim Tin Tsai - Abandoned Island - Hong Kong

Approaching Yim Tin Tsai on a Kaito Ferry
On a sunny Saturday back in January when I was in Hong Kong visiting my daughter we took a trip to the deserted island village of Yim Tin Tsai.  It took us about an hour maybe a little more to get to Sai Kung from where she lives in Central, bus, MTR train, then a light public bus out to Sai Kung Pier.

From Sai Kung a ferry service by Kaito a type of small motorised ferry which runs at weekends and public holidays takes you across to the island in about fifteen minutes. The island is located south of the Sai Kung Peninsula and east of Sai Kung mainland. It is tiny with an area of 0.24km easily explored before the next ferry returns you to the mainland. We took a picnic with us, but it is also possible to get ice creams, snacks and drinks on the island, from a kiosk, which was once the Village Communal Office, near the arrival pier. Although Yim Tin Tsai has been deserted since the 1990's when the mainly Christian residents fled before Hong Kong was returned to China, there is a revival of interest and this can be seen by the religious and cultural eco-tourism attractions that can now be found there. It is apparently the descendants of the original villagers via a charitable organisation called 'Salt and Light Conservation Centre' who are trying to revive the island as a tourist destination and are themselves running the limited ferry service.

In days gone by Yim Tin Tsai was home to over one thousand people many of Hakka descent originally from the Guangdong province of China, who first moved to the island in the 18C. They derived their livelihoods from farming and operating the salt pans. Christian missionaries arrived in the late 19C and the whole village was converted to Christianity and St Joseph's was built in 1890. One of the landmarks of the island in 2005 it was restored thanks to an award from UNESCO for its protection and preservation.

Some photos I took at St Joseph's Chapel.

The village houses face south, surrounded by hills, with plenty of shelter from adverse weather conditions. Mainly still as left when the residents, deserted the island to resettle in other parts of the world including the UK and Poland. Maybe it was in fear of how the Chinese take over of Hong Kong would impact on the Christian community, I do not know but looking inside the homes it is if they left in a hurry not taking much apart from personal possessions with them. 
There may be a slow return to a resident community as a few of the homes are now occupied again but sadly the majority are still being slowly reclaimed by nature, often because the owners descendants cannot be traced.

Salt Pan

Fantastic views from top of the island
Fantastic views from top of the island
View across the Mangrove Swamp

I took many  more photos than I have shared here today, which can be viewed on Flickr in My Album entitled Travel Tales - Yim Tin Tsai, which includes some great interior shots that my daughter took.

At the moment there is an unresolved issue with sharing photos from Flickr to Blogger posts, when this is resolved which it is supposed to be, I will return to this post and add some of my daughter's interior photos. Until then these can be viewed by visiting the Flickr Album. Travel Tales - Yim Tin Tsai

Also sharing here a slide show of my photos that I put together courtesy of Picasa. 

                                  YouTube Slide Show - My impressions of the island in photos.

Timetable - Please remember this may have changed, so do not rely on this information  if you ever get to visit the island yourself.

Sight-Seeing Map - available on the island, which will guide you as you explore.

With thanks to the following sites for the background information included in this post. The links will take you directly to the Yim Tin Tsai official website if you are interested in learning more about the island.

   Yim Tin Tsai - Official Website    Sai Kung District - Wikipedia    Yim Tin Tsai - Wikipedia

                           All photos unless stated otherwise are my own taken in January 2014

More photos taken by both myself and my daughter can be found on Flickr in My Album entitled Travel Tales - Yim Tin Tsai

Finally if you click through to LindyLouMac's World In Photos you can view some photos of our fellow passengers on the Kaito.
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tram Advertising 2014 - Des Voeux Road, Hong Kong.

The tram system is one of the earliest forms of public transport in Hong Kong as they have been in existence for over one hundred years. The tramway runs on Hong Kong Island between Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town, with a branch line circulating Happy Valley. The trams which are an environmentally friendly mass transit system are not surprisingly a major tourist attraction. 

No surprise then that previous posts on this blog about the Hong Kong Tramways are amongst some of the most visited. Therefore whilst I was in Hong Kong recently it seemed a good idea to take a walk down to Des Voeux Road and see which companies the trams are advertising this year.

There are many more but I hope you have enjoyed the small selection I captured on my walk

Tram Stop Information
Map showing the current tram termini and major stops along the route.

Just in case you would like to read more about the history of the Hong Kong Tramways I am including the links to my earlier posts.
Trams in Hong Kong - August 2012
Hong Kong Trip 2010 - Trams

With thanks to the following sites for the background information included in this post. The links will take you directly to the pages on  Hong Kong Tramways if you are interested in learning more about the history of the tramway.

Wikipedia - Hong Kong Tramways    Hong Kong Tramways   Hong Kong Extras

                           All photos unless stated otherwise are my own taken in January 2014
 Copyright All rights reserved by LindyLouMac Photo Collection

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ladies Market - Hong Kong

There are many accredited markets in Hong Kong and possibly the most famous which was the first to be made official was Ladies Market. It is not my favourite for shopping as it can become rather overcrowded which makes the experience more of a hassle than a pleasure, however it is worth seeing. If you want to shop be prepared to haggle if you are lucky you may get 50% off the asking price.

The market runs along Tung Choi Street, from Argyle Street to Dundas Street in Mongkok. Although its name is taken from its reputation for selling bargain fashionable ladies clothing and also to distinguish it from 'Mens Market' ,Temple Street Night Market, this is nowadays something of a misnomer and the market sells a huge range of ladies, mens and childrens clothes, sports goods, electrical goods, toys and souvenirs. Any “designer labels” are almost certainly fake but nevertheless there are bargains to be had and you can negotiate huge discounts from already low asking prices. This is a large and very busy market and negotiating through the crowds here can be exhausting. The section of Tung Choi Street where the market operates is pedestrianised and closed to vehicles between 4pm and midnight on Mondays to Saturdays and between 12 noon and 10pm on Sundays and public holidays. Sections of neighbouring Sai Yeung Choi Street, Nelson Street and Soy Street are pedestrianised from 4pm to 10pm on Mondays to Saturdays and 12 noon to 10pm on Sundays and public holidays.  Market information in this paragraph courtesy of Hong Kong Extras

Just to give you an idea of the atmosphere and huge variety of goods from beautiful to tacky I am sharing lots of photos of the market. As there are so many I have kept them small, click on photo if you really want to see something in more detail. Be warned if you ever visit that many stall holders will not be keen on you taking photos if you are not buying, so take care. 

That's it for the virtual shopping
Address:Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon

  • OPENING HOURS - 12 noon to 11pm daily. Most stalls are open by 1pm. 

GETTING THERE – MTR to either Prince Edward and take exit B2 or to Mong Kok and take any of exits B2, D2 or D3. Prince Edward MTR Station and Mong Kok MTR Stations are at the northern and southern ends respectively of the market.

Bus 1, 1A, 2, 6 or 9 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry pier and get off at Nelson Street station

Sources for more information:-
Ladies Market - Discover Hong Kong     Hong Kong Extras - Markets

All photos are my own taken in October 2011. 
 Copyright All rights reserved by LindyLouMac Photo Collection 
The photos may also be viewed individually in my album entitled - Travel Tales - Ladies Market - Hong Kong at My account.

This is my last post about our most recent trip to Hong Kong, but hopefully I have given you plenty of ideas for your own visits. Or that you have enjoyed your armchair travel.  Next time the Travel Tale will be from Thailand.