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There is more underneath the glass and steel of Hong Kong

When it comes to Hong Kong as a travel destination, scenes of the hustle and bustle, all kinds of cuisine and hundreds of shopping complexes probably flood your mind in a blink. No we are not going into the obvious beauty of the city. We are here to unravel the mesmerizing gem of the city’s cultural diversity. Let us freshen your vision and mind with some colorful hues!

HKwalls

For those who want to explore the city from an unconventional perspective, check out the HKwalls! For four years in a row, HKwalls has been making efforts to strengthen the link between art and the public space. Last year, HKwalls took place in Sham Shui Po, one of the earliest developed areas in Hong Kong. The mixed land uses and history has given the district a distinct character, making it an ideal area for the annual street arts celebrations. The festival featured 40 art pieces created by artists from 17 countries, 42 workshops, 3 free film screenings and a pop-up print exhibition.

This year HKwalls reignites the partnership with Vans as part of the Hong Kong Arts Month in Wong Chuk Hang. Unlike other events during the month, there are scattered happenings for the public to stumble upon.  Though Wong Chuk Hang may be a little far from the city centre, it is chosen for a reason. While the art and creative community has been blossoming in the industrial district, the mural art pieces and interactive programs would perfectly compliment the growth. Just remember to have your camera ready!

Feeling revitalized now? Let’s dig deeper into the city’s cultural matrix, here is our recommended guide for you.

Old Town Central

Here we go a compact experience in the culturally diverse city!

Old Town Central (OTC) refers to the rectangular shaped neighbourhood in Central bounded by Wyndham Street, Caine Road, Possession Street, Queen’s Road Central and Hollywood Road. A miniature of the big city, it hosts many must-go including heritage sites, landmarks, historic architecture, religious buildings, designer boutiques, local shops, dining and entertainment outlets. It mirrors the transition of Hong Kong from a fishing village to a British colony to a metropolitan city throughout the decades.

Possession Street

The story of modern Hong Kong began at Possession Street in 1841, where the British soldiers landed and the colonial governance commenced.  Fast forward to 176 years later, it is now the Hollywood Road Park, a Chinese-style garden.  Still, you can find a mix of nostalgic and modern shops at Possession Street.

POHO

Climb a few staircases to POHO; fill yourself with the artsy air. Surrounded by Po Hing Fong including Tai Ping Shan Street, Po Hing Street, Tung Street, Sai Street, and Upper Station Street, the up-and-coming neighbourhood is analogous to Hong Kong’s hipster village with plenty cafes, quirky boutiques and art galleries.

YMCA Bridges Street Centre & Ladder Street

You will find YMCA Bridges Street Centre and Ladder Street at the east of OTC. Constructed in 1918, the YMCA Bridges Street Centre is an architectural epitome displaying a crossover between Chinese green glazed tiled roofs and Chicago School style. Ladder Street, a Grade 1 historical building, which is made entirely of stone steps, connects Queen’s Road Central all the way uphill to Hollywood Road and Caine Road.

Man Mo Temple

At the corner of Ladder Street, Man Mo Temple is a masterpiece of long-lost traditional Chinese architectural craftsmanship. It would certainly take your breath away the moment you step in. The temple was built for Gods worshipping and as “Kung Sor” where community issues were discussed and resolved.

PMQ

Go along Hollywood Road and you will arrive at PMQ, the Police Married Quarters. It has been revitalized as a creative hub where over 100 shops, pop-up stores, design studios and restaurants are nested. The mission of PMQ is to nurture local designers, provide a place for organizing exhibits and for visitors to have a taste of creative lifestyle. With this in mind, you cannot miss this place from your to-go list in Hong Kong.

Gough Street and Kau U Fong

Also known as NOHO, there is a great deal of independent boutiques and contemporary art galleries awaiting your discovery; cafes and old-style dai pai dong (cooked food stalls) ready to fill you up. Be sure to spare some time and belly for them!

Pak Tsz Lane Park

Pak Tsz Lane Park, located at a quiet square behind Aberdeen Street, Hollywood Road, Gage Street and Peel Street, is a park featuring a monument in memory of anti-Qing Dynasty activities in the late 19th century by revolutionaries from Furen Wenshe and Xing Zhong Hui. Enlighten yourself with some knowledge on Hong Kong’s role in overthrowing the monarchy in China.

Hollywood Road

One of the oldest built in 1844, Hollywood Road has evolved into a renowned art hub, accommodating numerous contemporary art galleries, antique shops and boutiques. Get your art and shopping fix here and you won’t be disappointed.

Tai Kwun

At the junction of Old Baileys Street and Hollywood Road stands a gorgeous colonial-style establishment – Tai Kwun, or “big station” in Chinese. That was how the Chinese used to colloquially refer to the former law enforcement complex. Initially where the Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison were, it is now under transformation into the next talk-of-the-town hub of heritage, arts and leisure. Stay tuned!

Pottinger Street

Named after Hong Kong’s first governor, Pottinger Street is made of uneven slabs of cobblestone, and thus given the name “Stone Slab Street”. If you need ideas for your costumes and props to Halloween celebrations or themed parties, look no further, you can find everything here.

Lyndhurst Terrace

Lyndhurst Terrace is another featured spot of the Dr Sun Yat-sen Historical Trail. The old Xing Yan Lou Western Restaurant was one of the secretive bases where Dr. Sun Yat-sen and his comrades meet as well as a refuge for overseas revolutionaries during the First Guangzhou Uprising in 1895. You may be hit by some shiok buttery aroma and it probably comes from Tai Cheong Bakery, renowned for “the best egg tarts in the world” hailed by the last British governor Chris Patten.

This content was produced in partnership with Hong Kong Tourism Board.

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william and gabe with plush versions of themselves || circa 2008

M is for movies, so today I have for you a list with 46 steampunk movies. The links of the movies will bring you to their imdb page so you can find out more about them.

  1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
  2. 9 (2009)
  3. Around the World in 80 Days (1956 / 2004)
  4. Atlantis: the lost empire (2001)
  5. Brazil (1985)
  6. Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969)
  7. Castle in the Sky (1986)
  8. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
  9. City of ember (2008)
  10. From Hell (2001)
  11. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
  12. Howl’s moving castle (2004)
  13. Hugo (2011)
  14. Igor (2008)
  15. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959 / 1988 / 2008)
  16. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
  17. Master of the World (1961)
  18. Metropolis (1927)
  19. Mutant Chronicles (2008)
  20. Perfect Creature (2006)
  21. Return to Oz (1985)
  22. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  23. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
  24. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  25. Stardust (2007)
  26. Steamboy (2004)
  27. Sucker Punch (2011)
  28. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  29. Tai chai 0 (2012)
  30. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
  31. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)
  32. The Brothers Grimm (2005)
  33. The City of Lost Children (1995)
  34. The Golden Compass (2007)
  35. The league of extraordinaire gentleman (2003)
  36. The Prestige (2006)
  37. The Time Machine (1960 / 2002)
  38. Time After Time (1979)
  39. Treasure Planet (2002)
  40. Van Helsing (2004)
  41. Vidocq (2001)
  42. Wild Wild West (1999)
  43. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

So that’s it. I hope you enjoy watching them.

I wanna write a Hidashi fic...

Okay, so I really wanna try my hand at a Hidashi fic (because kudakano has just inspired me so much and by ‘inspired me’, I mean 'ruined my life with a new pairing that makes me so happy and breaks my heart simultaneously’). So I’ve got a couple ideas of what I wanna do listed below, but I want some feedback, like which are you guys most likely to read? Which sounds most interesting? Anything fic ideas of your own?

Most of these are AUs with the fire never happening. ALL of them have an older Hiro (like 16-19ish)

1.) At the SFIT competition (where the fire started), Tadashi expected to win with Baymax and was hoping that someone would actually help him start getting Baymax to people who need him. However, he was beat out by this kid no one at the school has ever seen before: Hiro and his microbots. Although disappointed with his loss, Tadashi is still Tadashi and introduces himself to Hiro and  tries to welcome him into the school, but Hiro refuses to accept Tadashi is trying to befriend him; he’s completely convinced Tadashi wants something from him - everyone wants something from him. Tadashi - and his friends - just want to show Hiro some friendship even when he pushes them away and they begin to realize Hiro’s mistrust might come from his adoptive father, Yama, who’s nothing but bad news. (This one I feel the most desire to write and it was pretty heavily influenced by Street Love. Would also contain some serious hurt!Hiro and Hiro!whump.)

2.) Hiro is a new student at SFIT and everyone is convinced he and Tadashi would make the perfect couple…except Hiro and Tadashi. (Would probably be a shorter story.)

3.) A boy with bushy black hair and a beautiful smile comes into the Lucky Cat Cafe every day and Tadashi just wants to know who he is. (Probably a one-shot.)

4.) Tadashi’s friends (specifically Honey Lemon and GoGo) want him to have a great 21st birthday (and they want to really embarrass him), so they force him into a strip bar. An awkward, stumbling Tadashi gets the best (and only) lap dance of his life from a young man who won’t reveal his name. It’s funny, though, because the dance looks so much like the new student at SFIT… (Basically an excuse for smut. Don’t even act like you don’t want it.)

5.) One bot fight goes really bad and Hiro is running for his life until he’s saved by the new super hero team San Fransokyo’s been drooling over. All the heroes were cool, but he just can’t get the dark-haired hero who saved him out of his mind. 

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“What are you doing in the center of Seoul?”
“I’m a tourist from San Francisco, and I’m doing tai chi here. I’m going to absorb Seoul’s energy.”

“지금 서울 한가운데서 뭐하세요.”
“저는 샌프란시스코에서 온 여행객인데, 기공 체조를 하고 있어요. 서울의 기를 받으려구요.”

$5 dry portion, Tai Hwa Pork Noodles

This is the Hong Lim Complex branch/estranged family member of the one michelin star Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles. The Bottomless Pit already had to queue half an hour for this after lunch hours, so imagine how crazy the queue at the michelin-starred main branch must be.

What makes this different from other bak chor mees is the addition of the ti po (fried dried fish) that gives it another layer of umami, and the removal of the usual stewed shiitake pieces.

And yes, this cost $5 (USD $3.50) and is considered expensive for hawker food, and no, the cheapest michelin starred meal is the $2 (USD $1.50) chicken rice, also in Singapore.