1. The old falling into ruin on Cheung Chau.

     
  2. The Kwun Yam Temple on Cheung Chau, which overlooks the beach.

    Kwun Yam is the Taoist goddess of mercy.

     
  3. The streets and alleyways of Cheung Chau are all narrow, with only enough room for pedestrians and the occasional local on a bike. Here are some interesting things I saw today as I walked.

     
  4. These are post office boxes of the Hong Kong Post, formally known as the Hong Kong Royal Post. The top one you can see from the reign of the current Queen of England, Elizabeth II, while the bottom one is of a much older vintage being from the reign of George VI (1895-1952).

    I was surprised to find these. Supposedly when Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997, all remnants of Hong Kong’s colonial past were erased from all levels of government.

     
  5. I have to say Cheung Chau was really cool. It was very laid back with alleyways galore that were filled with little shops and things that suddenly presented themselves, begging to be looked at. 

    Here you can seen the ruins of the Fong Bin Hospital, established in the 1870’s by a high-ranking official of the Qing Navy.

     
  6. Today I traveled to Cheung Chau Island via ferry from Pier 5 in Central. It was a nice ride, except someone got a bit queezy on the way to Cheung Chao. How quickly I forgot my tendency to get seasick. Anyway, breakfast stayed down and I arrived on the waterfront just in time for a torrential downpour. I only got a little wet as I had just enough time shelter under an overhang with a local senior citizen who seemed amused to be hiding from a rainstorm with a tourist.

    This picture was taken on the waterfront a bit after said downpour.

     
  7. These are the door guardians of the old (circa 1950) Bank of China Building, which is down the street from the I.M. Pei masterpiece.The top one and its mate used to flank the entrance back when the building was first constructed. But, as you can see, their design is very modern, and they were not liked at all. So they were moved off to the side of the building and replaced with more traditional ones, one of which you can see in the bottom picture.

    I am a fan of the more traditional model.

     
  8. The soaring immenseness of the Bank of China building by I.M. Pei.

     
  9. This is the Helena May on Garden Road. 

    It was opened in 1916 as a residence and hang out for single expat women. Surprisingly it still serves that purpose today.

     
  10. This is Government House, where the former governors of Hong Kong lived back when it was a colony of Great Britain. It is now home to the Chief Executive of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.