Hong Kong, Day 2

My second day in Hong Kong began with a boat ride across the Hong Kong harbor. We got off the boat and headed to Hong Kong Park, a beautiful space in the heart of the city.

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Crossing the harbor by boat.

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Cool buildings in the Central area of Hong Kong.

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Decorations for the Chinese (Lunar) New Year in Hong Kong Park.

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Beautiful Hong Kong Park.

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The Tai Chi Garden at Hong Kong Park.

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The aviary at Hong Kong Park.

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Outside the aviary.

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More New Year’s decorations.

Our next stop was Nan Lian Garden, a classical Chinese garden near Chi Lin Nunnery. This was an absolutely gorgeous spot.

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A Chinese architecture museum at Nan Lian Garden. The replicas of various Chinese structures inside were amazing, but sadly I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures. 😦

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From the garden, we made our way to the Chi Lin Nunnery, which was founded in the early twentieth century and built following the style of Tang Dynasty traditional Chinese architecture. It was another beautiful place.

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Chi Lin Nunnery.

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From there it was on to Hong Kong’s most famous temple, the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. The temple is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, a popular Chinese deity.

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The entrance to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple.

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A guardian of the temple.

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The twelve zodiac animals outside the temple.

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Burning incense.

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The entrance to the Good Wish Garden next to the temple.

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On the evening of our second day, we went to the Avenue of Stars, which was packed with people eager to see Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights. I was expecting more from the show, but the view of the skyline was excellent. The avenue itself honors celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry.

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The Avenue of Stars.

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The Symphony of Lights.

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Near the Avenue of Stars is the famous clock tower of Hong Kong. This tower dates from the early twentieth century.

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Decorations at the base of the clock tower.

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The clock tower.

My Hong Kong adventures continue on Day 3…

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