Asia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

This was the last stop on the Southeast Asia trip.  The town is full of tourists because it is near Angkor Wat.

 


Luang Prabang, Laos

After leaving Viet Nam I spent a few days in the Luang Prabang area. Although it was fun, I would only recommend this stop if you have a lot of time.

 


A Day in Hanoi

 


Hanoi Night Market, Viet Nam

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There is a lake at the center of old town in Hanoi.

 


Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

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This famous scenic bay is a 3 hour car ride from Hanoi.  It’s not far, but the roads are slow.

 


Hoi An, Viet Nam

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Hoi An is a 45 minute taxi ride from Da Nang.  That will cost you only $12.  At its center is an old city heavily influenced by the Chinese.  It is a major tourist destination.

 


Ho Chi Minh City and Area, Viet Nam

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Macau in Black and White

Macau Mash Up

Macau Mash Up

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If you have not seen my photos from Hong Kong and Macau, please don’t limit your journey to this post.  It was an exciting trip.  You can share my experiences for free (as in beer) by scrolling down the front page of my blog and checking out the galleries.

Along the streets of Macau there are small businesses located behind garage doors.  Electricity must be expensive because few had lights on.  It appeared the majority of these places were food related, either small restaurants or some kind of take away.  These micro businesses were a stark contrast to the giant gambling casinos.   Dried meat is a local specialty.  Tourists from China couldn’t get enough of it.


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Macau

Grand Lisboa Sunrise

Grand Lisboa Sunrise

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The Grand Lisboa is easily one of the strangest buildings in the world standing in contrast to the gritty jumble of Macau.


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Xi River and Other Delights

Red White and Blue

Red White and Blue

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I stayed at the Sofitel, a large hotel right on the river.  The high up room had an impressive view, but photography was usually better from a patio on the 6th floor where no glass was in the way.  The river has a distinctly industrial look.  The Sofitel had a large casino packed with Chinese gamblers.  Although there were bars in the casino, nobody was drinking.  There was a counter where free Cokes, tea, coffee and water were dispensed.  Other than gambling, no entertainment was offered.  Of course there were no US style barmaids in skimpy outfits.  Chinese take gambling seriously.


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Macau in Densisty

Sunset Over Jinwan

Sunset Over Jinwan

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Macau is gritty compared to most western cities, or even nearby Hong Kong.  Some of these photos illustrate the crowding found in much of Asia.   The area mostly lacks the skyscrapers and high rise apartments so prevalent in Hong Kong.  There are massive gambling casinos, but the atmosphere is nothing like Las Vegas .


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Chinese Cultural Festival

Five Princesses

Five Princesses

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One afternoon in Kowloon I came across a festival promoting traditional Chinese culture.  The musical performances were unimpressive but I found the costumes interesting.

 


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Kowloon Markets

Parakeets

Parrots

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In an older area of Kowloon there are several markets made up of small stores and stalls.  Most of these are on pedestrian streets. During the day it is called the Ladies’ Market, at night, the Night Market.  In addition to the Night Market there are flower and bird markets.

 


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Shining Towers

 

Crystal

Crystal

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I had a minor screw up with the editor this morning and wound up deleting a post.  Sorry if you received more than one email notification.

Due to the scarcity of space in Hong Kong everything is built up instead of out.  Their thriving economy is housed in glass sheathed skyscrapers while most residents live in high rise buildings.


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Hong Kong in Black and White

Apple Store

Apple Store

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Part of the network of elevated pedestrian walkways on Hong Kong Island is a series of escalators that move people up the hill to what is called the mid level.  That and other scenes are featured here.  A long line in an Apple store is characteristic of the crush of people living here.


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Hong Kong Island

From the Peak

From the Peak

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Hong Kong has two major areas, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.  The island is home to skyscrapers and hills.  It may be navigated by a network of elevated walkways allowing pedestrians to avoid long waits for traffic signals.  Alleys are home to retail stalls and small restaurants.  Rents and housing costs are outrageous.  A tiny apartment in a good area runs about US $3,000 per month.


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Kowloon Views

Love Underground

Love Underground

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Here are some photographs of things I saw while staying in Kowloon.

 

 


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Kowloon in Black and White

Tai Chi

Tai Chi

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Street photography is about people and there are a lot of people here.  Often the crowds are too dense to make visual sense of anything.  Once I raised my camera, a short Indian man ran into my elbow and he said something I was happy to not understand.

 

 


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All About Fish

Kowloon Fish Market 3

Kowloon Fish Market 3

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Let’s face it, fish smell funny.  Some seafood looks weird.  Get this stuff on a plate with a bit of skill and it tastes wonderful.  These photos are from two fish markets, one in the market district of Kowloon, the other on Hong Kong Island, literally in the shadows of skyscrapers.

 


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Canton Road

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Canton Road in the peninsula area of Kowloon is lined with stores selling imported luxury goods.  At night it is so brightly lit, that it does not feel like night.  Outdoor nighttime scenes were photographed with an ultra wide angle 20mm f/2.8 AF lens.

 


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Kowloon at the Piers

Masked Visitors

Masked Visitors

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Asia is fundamentally different from the West.  It is hard for me to describe it, and this bunch of photos does not show the crush of people, but later some will.