On a previous trip to Hong Kong one of my goals was to explore as much of the government housing as possible, getting away from my usual haunts in the main city. My new friend Simon, a local Chinese guy, was the perfect person to show me around.
We started our day in the Tsing Yi district, which is home to some of the most iconic government housing estates in Hong Kong. The estates are massive, towering blocks of concrete that are home to thousands of people. They may look a bit intimidating at first, but Simon assured me that they were full of life and character. We wandered around the estates for a while, taking in the sights and sounds. We saw people of all ages, from young children to elderly grandparents, going about their daily lives. We saw people playing games, chatting with friends, and just hanging out. It was clear that these estates were more than just places to live; they were also individual communities.
After exploring the estates, we headed to the nearby Sham Shui Po district, which is known for its vibrant night market. We wandered through the market, snacking on street food and browsing the stalls. We found everything from fresh produce to electronics to souvenirs. It was a great way to experience the local culture. Here is one of the final shots of the night, as we continued to explore, just before I headed off back to the hotel with sore feet but a mind racing with memories of the day.