Friday, January 30, 2009

China Photo Contest

The Competition

For our February competition we are joining with JapanVisitor.com and QatarVisitor.com to provide our biggest competition yet.

This one is absolutely free! All you have to do is send your best photograph of China to bjvphotocomp@googlemail.com along with your contact details and any additional information you would like included.

The runner up in the first round will win a free set of Eco chopsticks, while the winner will win an HDR software download from our sponsors Photomatix and proceed to the final round.

For full details of the rules and prizes visit our China Photo Contest page.

China Photo Contest

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chater Road Hong Kong

遮打道

Chater Road, in Central on Hong Kong Island, is named after Catchick Paul Chater (1846-1926) a prominent Hong Kong businessman of his era. Chater Road is closed on Sundays and public holidays and is a well-established meeting place for the Filipino community (mostly female domestic helpers), who gather to exchange news, eat and relax.

Chater Road, Hong Kong with International Finance Centre ifc2

Chater Road is at the heart of Central, Hong Kong's financial centre, and nearby skyscrapers include the HSBC Tower, International Finance Centre, AIG Tower and The Landmark.

On a more human, older scale are Statue Square, Chater Garden and the old Legislative Building of Hong Kong.

Statue Square, now the main gathering point for Filipina amahs on Sundays, was laid out in the 19th century, with statues of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Edward VII and HSBC bigwig Sir Thomas Jackson. Some of the images were carted off by the Japanese during World War II but have been returned. Queen Vic was shunted off to Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. Nearby is the World War I cenotaph.

Chater Garden, is a pleasant inner city garden with water features, near the neo-classical Legislative Council Building, the former seat of the colonial Supreme Court of Hong Kong.

The nearest MRT station to Chater Road is Central.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hong Kong Institute of Education

香港教育学院

The Hong Kong Institute of Education is one of the premier educational establishments in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Institute of Education

Offering courses for students wishing to become teachers, as well as in-service training, HKIE was founded in 1994 from an amalgamation of the previous teacher training colleges in Hong Kong. The history of teacher education in Hong Kong goes back to the 1850s and the founding of St. Paul’s College in the-then British colony.

HKIE has over 400 teaching staff and around 7,000 students. HKIE's main campus is situated in Tai Po with other smaller campuses being the Town Centre at Tai Kok Tsui and the Sports Centre at Pak Shek Kok.

Hong Kong Institute of Education
10 Lo Ping Road
Tai Po
New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 2948 8888

From Hung Hom KCR Station take a train to Tai Po Market Station and then bus #275.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

An amazing acrobatic/dance show

Acrobats – Dance-Kung Fu-Acrobatic Drama: Journey to the West

Anyone wanting to see an amazingly energetic show of acrobatics/dance should not miss this incredible performance based on The Monkey King story.

Highlights of the show included a mind boggling scene of strength and flexibility by a male and female gymnast clad in body hugging white costumes as they performed acrobatic dance using incredible feats of strength and balance. This was the human body at its best! The final scene based in 'Hell' was another highlight of the show where the stage filled with incredibly fit acrobats bouncing all over the stage on trampolines performing truly inspirational acts as they spun in all directions while flying through hoops.

Complimenting this incredibly diverse acrobatic/dance show was the staging of the where no expense has been spared on costumes, props and backdrops.

Tickets can be bought online through http://www.piao.com.cn/ Ends 31st January 2009.
http://www.piao.com.cn/en_piao/ticket_2231.html
Presenters include:
Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe
China Oriental Song and Dance Troupe
Songshan Shaolin Martial Arts Troupe
Guangdong Dance School

Beijing Exhibition Centre Theatre
(Bei zhan ju chang)
135 Xizhimen Waidajie
Xizhimen

Access: Use Subway Line 2 to Xizhimen Station and either walk (10 minutes) or take a taxi to the theatre (3 minutes = 10RMB)

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Nathan Road Hong Kong

Nathan Road is the main road running south-north from Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui to Mong Kok.

Famous for its myriad hotels, cheap lodgings such as Chungking Mansions, tailors' shops and restaurants, Nathan Road is one of Hong Kong's most iconic and neon-strewn streets.

Nathan Road Hong Kong

Once known as the "Golden Mile", Nathan Road dates from the mid-nineteenth century but is no longer the ritzy place it once was. Nathan Road takes its name from the 13th Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Matthew Nathan.

The subway station at Nathan Road's southern end is Tsim Sha Tsui and there are buses heading out to the airport along the way.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Hong Kong Weather Forecasts

See a 3-day forecast for the weather in Hong Kong, China, including temperatures, rainfall, wind speed, visibility, pollution, sunrise, sunset and relative humidity.


Weather in Hong Kong