Friday, April 11, 2014

Wong Tai Sin Temple & Other Scenery - Hong Kong (Part 1)

In the month of December in 2013, I took a trip to China to visit relatives and to travel places and take photos. On this trip, I visited Jiangsu (江苏), Anhui (安徽), Hong Kong (香港), and Macau (澳门). I took many photos on this trip and I will be splitting them into many parts. I will do my best in these blog post to describe the photos, however due to the lack of map data for China (on Google) and my horrible Chinese, I may not be able to give you too much details on certain things. At the time of visit, the smog in China is very heavy. In many of the photos, you will see what looks to be fog or haze, but it is the smog (pollution) in China. Be warned, that the pollution in China is not at safe levels. I started coughing less than one week into the trip, and I did not recover until the beginning of March this year (2014). Many individuals in China had the same cough I got. If you haven't done so, you can view my vlogs here. I already posted all my vlogs (of the entire trip) on Youtube, but these photos will come out in parts.

12/2013,我去中国旅游。我去了江苏、安徽、香港、和澳门玩。我会把照片分成很多部分。我的中文没有那么好,我不能翻译所有的东西。 我去中国的时候有很大的雾霾。我咳嗽咳了好几个月。我这次旅游也拍了一些视频,你可以在这里看。

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Hong Kong photos from this trip, use this link. To view all of my photos from 12/19/2013, use this link.

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I decided I want to visit Hong Kong (香港) on this trip. So after returning to Suzhou, I flew out to Hong Kong, China, S.A.R. (香港特区). The photos for today are from near my hotel (in Wan Chai I think) and Wong Tai Sin Temple (黄大仙祠). While I have relatives in Hong Kong (香港), I was not raised in a Cantonese speaking region, therefore I barely understand them as Cantonese is very different from the dialect I used to speak. Visiting Hong Kong was a bit confusing for me, however at least most of the people spoke pretty good British English. Subconsciously, I'm reading all the names in my head with a heavy British accent.

我今天开始香港的照片。有一些照片是在黄大仙祠拍的。应为香港讲的广东话我听不懂,很多东西我不能翻译。

 A photo shot on Morrison Hill Road in Wan Chai. The long exposure and the blur of people was achieved using an ND filter. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 16 41 N 114 10 47 E 

A black and white process of the photo above.  

Photo shot on Wan Chai Road still in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong (香港). The long exposure and the blur of people was achieved using an ND filter. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 16 40 N 114 10 47 E 

 A black and white process of the photo above.  


Back on Morrison Hill Road, I decided to get a photo of someone driving on the right. As you know, in mainland China and the US, the driver is on the left! Even in Canada, the driving is done on the left, so this was very interesting for me. 
香港是在右边开车的。中国,美国,和加拿大都是在左边开车的。
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 16 38 N 114 10 50 E 

 A black and white process of the photo above.  

I now arrive at Wong Tai Sin Temple (黄大仙祠). Wong Tai Sin Temple (黄大仙祠) is a Buddhist Temple in Hong Kong (香港). There were many stores outside the store selling souvenirs, incense, and other worship products. Here is bells and ribbons that they were selling in one of the stores. 
我到了黄大仙祠。
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 20 32 N 114 11 37 E 

 A black and white process of the photo above.   

 Here is a photo of the stores at the temple selling the stuff. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 20 33 N 114 11 36 E


Here is a photo of Wong Tai Sin Temple (黄大仙祠). The security guards didn't let me use my tripod. It was a bit annoying, but there was so many people, I'd worry about them tripping over it too. 

The incenses burning in the temple. The smoke sure made me cough as I tried to get the perfect shot. I think this one is the best out of the photos I took.  

  A black and white process of the photo above.   

 Here is a photo of the worshipers inside the temple. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 20 34 N 114 11 36 E

Another photo of the worshipers at a different structure at the temple. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 20 34 N 114 11 37 E

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with more photos from Hong Kong, China S.A.R. (香港特区) from Nan Lian Garden (南蓮園池). Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

下一次有跟多在香港特区拍的照片。

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