The Chi Lin Nunnery situated in Diamon Hill, just east of where I was staying in Kowloon is a beautiful complex covering a space of more than 33,000 square meters including a nunnery, temple halls, Chinese gardens, visitor’s hostels and a vegetarian restaurant. The temple halls have statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the goddess of mercy Guanyin and other bodhisattvas made from gold, clay, wood and stone. Continue reading
If I hadn’t gone to Hong Kong I wouldn’t have been let in to a place like Azure without showing ID or being in company of five Swedish models.
Azure, a club in LKF Hotel is the classy escape from the hoards of drunken westerners dressed up as chickens that run around between the bars and 7-Elevens on Lan Kwai Fong. LKF Hotel’s club Azure is many levels above that. Literally, 29 levels. There, the hoards of drunken westerners are wearing suit and the drinks far away from 7-Eleven standard.
Suits or chickens, they might be all the same, but the view from Azure’s top floor terrace is why you happily pay the 83 HKD (£6.7) for a 33cl bottle of beer.
If I hadn’t gone to Hong Kong I wouldn’t have seen the city’s highest located shopping mall – the Victorian Peak. Starting out as a viewing point on top of the hill, 552 metres above sea level behind Central on Hong Kong Island, the place soon expanded with bars, restaurants, cafés and shops until it was a proper mall. This seems to be a natural step for places in Hong Kong – whatever it used to be it always ends up as a mall.
At the end of the 19th century the peak got the tram route that today works as a tourist attraction within the real attraction.
Even if you don’t want to pay the 30 HKD to enter The Peak’s Sky Terrace 428 you get a great view from what is the highest observation deck in town.
Three months. That’s the time it took me about to learn the 24 forms of Wushu Taichi — and I didn’t even force myself. Obviously, the first thing I learnt from Taichi are these 24 basic forms. There are more to go if I want to become better at it.
At the same time, through this learning, I understood more about Asian culture and about the body and it’s mysterious and complexe functioning. I leanrt more about myself, too.
The alarm jars me from my sleep. It’s 6am. I feel dizzy but I manage to stand on my feet and, my eyes still tightly closed, I stumble on my way to the bathroom to have a quick shower. The splash of water on my head forces me to open my eyelid to discover a pale and attracting light that filters through the window; that makes me just in the right mood for my Taichi practice.
If I hadn’t gone to Hong Kong I wouldn’t have paid £7.24p for a glass of wine. But I wouldn’t have done it on a roof terrace overlooking Kowloon Bay either so that is nothing to whine about.
Sugar Bar in Tai Koo is a sweet spot for lovers of open sky roof decks, elegant cocktails and lounge music that one doesn’t have to feel forced to dance to.