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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Iron Man Graffiti @ Hong Kong (Video)

One of the popular posts of Simple Dreamer features a cosplayer dressed as the Iron Man at the 2010 Asia Game Show. Although Iron Man is certainly not the most popular super hero in Hong Kong, we did came across this graffiti recently.

Iron Man Graffiti

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Food @ Shanghai

A trip to Shanghai is not complete without tasting its famous dishes: xiaolongbao and shengjianbao, unless you are vegetarian or you cannot eat pork that is. I had several attempts of "genuine" xiaolongbao and shengjianbao during my stay at Shanghai. I must admin I was a bit addicted to these local food.

Yummy Xiaolongbao and Shengjianbao at Shanghia

There are of course plenty of other choices. These two are famous for their unique shapes, tastes and presentations. Furthermore, they are at absolutely affordable prices (very cheap in deed) and in snack servings. You would have plenty of stomach spaces to taste other food.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Remains of Shanghai World Expo 2010

In 2010, the whole of Shanghai and most of China has gone all crazy about something called World Expo. On the surface, the original intention of World Expo is to introduce the different nations on this planets to visitors of the hosting city. The Chinese of course saw this differently. They saw it as the chance to show off the magnificence of China to the world.

Shanghai Maglev Train Station at Longyang Road

What really happened was, the majority of visitors were from different corners of China. These local visitors travelled to Shanghai and saw how well China presented itself to the world, while dreaming that all foreign visitors would admire China's greatness. While this could be true, foreign visitors were the minority. World Expo has successfully archived its actual purpose: showing the world to the locals at the hosting country, while keeping them excited about the greatness of their own country.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Old Shanghai Revamped

It is without a doubt that Shanghai has changed a lot in the past ten to fifteen years. Apart from being more open, modern, developed and rich, it has ever more energy. Foreign tourists and expatriates came from the West to experience Shanghai, while influencing how Shanghai redefined itself.

Tianzifang of Shanghai, China

If you ask the old fashion folks in Shanghai, they will tell you that Shanghai has been losing a lot of its "old" streets and buildings in the past ten to fifteen years. These old districts that carried more than memories are now modern buildings.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Bund @ Shanghai Tang

The Bund of Shanghai, most common known as the waterfront of Shanghai, or Shanghai Tang, is a thin strips on land next to the river banks of Huangpu river opposite Pudong district

The Bund - Shanghai Tang - World Famous Water front of Shanghai

Hundreds of western styles historical buildings built in late 1800s became treasures in today's Shanghai. These buildings are evidence of trade and settlement between China and the Western world.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Neon Lights @ Shanghai Nanjing Road

Every world class city has its famous main streets and shopping areas. New York has its Broadway and 5th Avenue; London has its Oxford Street; Hong Kong has its Nathan Road and Canton Road. Shanghai has its Nanjing Road.

Nanjing Road of Shanghai, China

Literally translate to the road of Southern Capital, Nanjing Road is pretty long road. It is divided into different sections that stretches through different subrubs. If you have limited time, consider to visit the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street near the People's Square underground railway station.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre Revisited

We blogged about Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre in February 2011. For some bazaar reason, something escaped from our eyes during the previous visit. We have recently revisited these former Whitfield Barracks at Kowloon Park. To our surprise, we have discovered a decent size public gallery on Chinese history. 

Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

While we still couldn't believed that we have overlooked such treasure, we tried to comfort ourselves by suspecting that the gallery was setup recently.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Ocean Park Hong Kong: News and Tips

In the previous post we shared the unofficial success story of Ocean Park Hong Kong. Let's talk about the theme park experience itself in this post. Ocean Park Hong Kong built many new attractions in the past 10 years, and in particular the past 5 years. These new facilities gave the 35 year old park a fresh image.

Ocean Park Hong Kong and its famous Sea Horse logo

The main entrance area now looks just like any other world class theme park. From the moment visitors enter the park, the "magical" theme began to build up. Facilities that visitors see in the next five minutes continues this theme.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ocean Park Hong Kong: The Unofficial Story

The Ocean Park is a legend in Hong Kong! It is a theme park that fought its way against all odds. It is definitely a successful business story of all time.

Ocean Park Hong Kong

There are probably numerous travel blogs that introduces the must-go and must-see attractions in Ocean Park. Let me introduce Hong Kong's local theme park from another angle, begin with its business story.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Avenue of Comic Stars

Inspired by Hollywood Boulevard, several Hong Kong Government led organizations set up the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars at the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui to honor celebrities from Hong Kong's movie and entertainment industry.

Cloud at Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars 步驚雲@香港漫畫星光大道

Perhaps encouraged by the success of Avenue of Stars, the Hong Kong Government decided to sponsor the set up of the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars at Kowloon Park. Of course, the official reason is to foster the development of the comic industry in Hong Kong. Huge plastic figures are erected at Kowloon Park as permanent display.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Flower Beds @ Kowloon Park

Kowloon Park in Kowloon of Hong Kong is a just like the Central Park of New York City. It is a dedicated area for metropolitan to relax! The flower beds at Kowloon Park are managed according to season. 

Flower Beds at Kowloon Park, Hong Kong

It's getting chillier here at Hong Kong, indicting that Autumn is here. Let's take a look at some of the current selection of flowers at Kowloon Park.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Terracotta Army at Hong Kong Museum of History

A stunning 3D painting of Qin Terracotta Army is currently displayed at the Hong Kong Museum of History. This enormous painting is a promotional piece for The Majesty of All Under Heaven: The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor Exhibition that runs from 25 July to 26 November 2012.

China's Terracotta Warriors at Hong Kong Museum of History

This is a temporary exhibition at Hong Kong's Best Museum. One can tell the importance and scale of this exhibition by looking at it's promotional materials. As the official site is nicely done, I shall focus on the brilliant promotional materials.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport @ Thailand

The capital city of Thailand, Bangkok, have a world class airport! According to the local that is. The Suvarnabhumi Airport (สนามบินสุวรรณภูมิ in Thai), known as the "new" airport in Bangkok, recently had its 6th Anniversary.

The King - A well respected figure in Thailand

I recalled my visit to this airport around five years ago. Although memories are fading away, I did remembered clearly that it was the only airport I have ever been to that broke my luggage. I also recalled the modern yet impressive architectural designed. Despite of breaking my luggage, I was very impressed until I came to the arrival hall.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Wellcome Angry Birds

Unless you have been living in a stone cave, the name Angry Birds would not be foreign to you. Unless you have lived in Hong Kong, you would think that I misspelled welcome in the post title.

Angry Birds soft toys at Hong Kong Supermarket

Angry Birds need no introduction; and Wellcome is a major supermarket chain in Hong Kong. Angry Birds have landed in Wellcome!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mid-Autumn Festival et China National Day

You have GOT to "Like" the number of public holidays one can enjoy in Hong Kong!
 
Moon cakes from The Peninsula Hong Kong

In this 2012, 30th September happens to be the 15th day in the 8th month of Chinese lunar calender. The folks here in Hong Kong are granted a day of public holiday to celebrate a traditional Chinese festival: mid-Autumn festival on this day.