From Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, featured in yesterday’s blog entry, we walked downhill to St John’s Cathedral. It was built in 1847-9 to be a parish church, and later enlarged to become the cathedral.
A mosaic picture in the floor includes this eagle, which is a traditional symbol of St John the Evangelist. The eagle is a local white bellied sea eagle.
From the Man Mo Temple in Hollywood Road, we walked up the rather aptly named Ladder Road (above) and then along Caine Road towards the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. The gardens were visible in the distance, but looked rather hedged in by the surrounding buildings.
However it was a different story inside the gardens.
There were shady walks through the lush tropical vegetation and even an impressive fountain. It’s a great place to get away from the busy shopping streets of Hong Kong.
As we walked along Hollywood Road in Hong Kong, we noticed this mural on the corner of a side street.
The apartments in the housing blocks look a bit too cutesy to be true – until you look at the real ones nearby.
You might recall that we spent a few hours in Kowloon in October, during a layover in Hong Kong, en route from Perth to Paris. On our way back to Perth in November, we had another half day stop in Hong Kong – by deliberate intent, since it helps to break up the long journey.
On this second flying visit, we hopped the airport train to Central, went up the 800m long Mid-Levels Escalator (above) and spent a few hours wandering around taking in the sights.
One gem in the mid levels area is the colourful Man Mo Temple in Hollywood Road, with its green tile roof. The interior is mainly red and gold, with plenty of lanterns and incense smoke.
We also saw some Blue-billed Ducks at Lake Monger, in the western suburbs of Perth. The males (shown here) are easily recognizable with their distinctive blue bill, but the females have a brown bill and can be confused with other species.
There were also plenty of Black Swans at Lake Monger in Perth during our recent visit – and also one white swan. The only viable colony of white swans in Australia is in Northam, about 100km east of Perth. Maybe one of them flew to Perth for the Christmas holidays!
Forget the Teddy Bears’ Picnic – today they’re having their Christmas party.