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Major overhaul on the Hong Kong blog!

It is now summertime and time for the Hong Kong blog to get a new facelift.. with cool new features added :). Here at we would like to go beyond pictures and include music and movies, because Hong Kong is also all about music and movies. We would also like to make user contribution […]

Virtual football at Victoria Peak

Alright, you don’t go to Victoria Peak to play video games.. but once you’ve filled your eyes with the gorgeous and famous view of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers, why not having some fun at the EA stand? There you can find virtual games like this one: a football field and ball are displayed on the ground […]

Ocean Park

This picture was taken in Ocean Park, a theme park created 30 years ago and located in the South of Hong Kong Island. Attractions are rather funny in there (complete list on Wikipedia) but sometimes look a little bit old. It’s now under a redevelopment plan aimed at making Ocean Park better compete against Disneyland […]

Coloured trams

Trams in Hong Kong are famous for being painted with ads all over. Actually this is not so bad as it gives the city even more colours and (perhaps) helps in keeping the fare so low (HKD 2 for a ride). Once inside though, it’s still the same wood and steel decoration. The ad […]

Traffic cops

The picture above was taken in Chongqing Road, Shanghai. People are China’s assets, and sometimes several traffic cops are necessary in order to regulate the traffic on such huge roads. In Hong Kong though, there are much less cops regulating the traffic, most likely because streets are much narrower there than in Shanghai or Beijing.

UI in Airport express

Other style of UI in the Hong Kong Airport Express (from Hong Kong station to Chek Lap Kok airport and then AsiaWorld expo station): a blue bar filled up as the train goes by. This is rather nice and useful in order to follow the progress of the train. This detail, along with other […]

Shops density

One thing that fascinates me in Hong Kong streets is the way shops are glued one to another, with extremely little space left for walls or staircases. The picture above was taken in Sheung Wan and illustrates this proximity (only 10cm between the two shops). Hong Kong is not that big and every inch of […]

Email subscription now available on Hong Kong blog

Jeez, what a big piece of news! In case you still don’t have a RSS reader to follow posts daily (see this post published a few weeks ago), well you can now subscribe by email receive posts directly in your mailbox! To do so, just enter your email in the sidebar box (see the […]

HK MTR network

Here’s a quick shot of the current MTR network. The MTR system is regularly expanded on the Kowloon/New Territories side. There is a project to expand it on the Hong Kong island as well (two new lines towards the South and Aberdeen) but nothing has begun yet. Examples of fares: crossing the Victoria Harbour raises […]


User Interface rules our modern and automated world. Hong Kong’s MTR is the most usable I’ve seen so far in terms of User Interface. First, there is sound: each station is announced in three languages (Cantonese, Mandarin and English) as for each prevention message. Second, there are billboards with blinking lights indicating in real time […]

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