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transmitCHINA 2010 - Hong Kong
// by Louise Upperton, photos by Tobyn Ross / May 28, 2010

Louis Jackson of Parlovr gazed out of the tour bus window as it rattled along towards Hong Kong. On first impression, he was overwhelmed by the site of the harbour and profusion of ports and shipping containers along the Western Harbour Crossing that carries traffic from Hong Kong International airport to the Island. Hong Kong, meaning "fragrant harbour" in English, is nestled between the Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea and it's widely regarded as the gateway to China. Scanning Hong Kong's expansive skyline and clusters of looming skyscrapers and apartment buildings, one can begin to imagine how seven million people live in this tiny landmass.

It's Jackson's first visit to Hong Kong, and the first stop on the transmitCHINA 2010 Ginger Beef tour that will take his band, Parlovr – along with The Racoons, Wil, illScarlett, Ohbijou and Flash Lightnin' – to seven cities across China.

Hong Kong is a city full of nooks and crannies, with a multitude of textures, colours, lights, signs and symbols. It's overwhelming to all the senses and it's a juxtaposition of new and old; shiny and weathered. From bustling intersections, the highly efficient MTR transportation system, designer fashions, luxury brands, and fancy hotels to back street kitchens, mahjong tables, chinese medicine shops, winding streets, hanging laundry, wet markets, dry markets and night markets – Hong Kong's got it all.

" I first noticed the mountains as you leave the airport, and the heat was shocking," said illScarlett's John Doherty. "We walked to Times Square and tried to do some shopping but walked around in a confused state… Victoria Park was lovely!"

Some of the transmitCHINA group are jet-lagged and head to the hotel for some rest. Night time descends on the city, and transmitCHINA's first roadTALK is right in the thick of it all. Nestled between the rowdy bars of Lan Kwai Fong, in a fairly nondescript building on D'Aguliar Street, is Mama Chau's Sichuan Kitchen. It's a dining speakeasy, and a true hidden gem. Take the wobbly old elevator to the fifth floor and it's like being in a family kitchen – the food is served up spicy, and it's delicious and inexpensive. There may have been some heated conversations about the state of the nation at roadTALK #1, but guaranteed, the food is hotter!

To see the full Gallery of Hong Kong, visit Tobyns website HERE for the day shots and HERE for the night shots.

 

 

 

 

Louis Jackson of Parlovr gazed out of the tour bus window as it rattled along towards Hong Kong. On first impression, he was overwhelmed by the site of the harbour and profusion of ports and shipping containers along the Western Harbour Crossing that carries traffic from Hong Kong International airport to the Island. Hong Kong, meaning "fragrant harbour" in English, is nestled between the Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea and it's widely regarded as the gateway to China. Scanning Hong Kong's expansive skyline and clusters of looming skyscrapers and apartment buildings, one can begin to imagine how seven million people live in this tiny landmass.

 

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It's Jackson's first visit to Hong Kong, and the first stop on the transmitCHINA 2010 Ginger Beef tour that will take his band, Parlovr – along with The Racoons, Wil, illScarlett, Ohbijou and Flash Lightnin' – to seven cities across China.

 

Hong Kong is a city full of nooks and crannies, with a multitude of textures, colours, lights, signs and symbols. It's overwhelming to all the senses and it's a juxtaposition of new and old; shiny and weathered. From bustling intersections, the highly efficient MTR transportation system, designer fashions, luxury brands, and fancy hotels to back street kitchens, mahjong tables, chinese medicine shops, winding streets, hanging laundry, wet markets, dry markets and night markets – Hong Kong's got it all.

 

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" I first noticed the mountains as you leave the airport, and the heat was shocking," said illScarlett's John Doherty. "We walked to Times Square and tried to do some shopping but walked around in a confused state… Victoria Park was lovely!"

 

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Some of the transmitCHINA group are jet-lagged and head to the hotel for some rest. Night time descends on the city, and transmitCHINA's first roadTALK is right in the thick of it all. Nestled between the rowdy bars of Lan Kwai Fong, in a fairly nondescript building on D'Aguliar Street, is Mama Chau's Sichuan Kitchen. It's a dining speakeasy, and a true hidden gem. Take the wobbly old elevator to the fifth floor and it's like being in a family kitchen – the food is served up spicy, and it's delicious and inexpensive. There may have been some heated conversations about the state of the nation at roadTALK #1, but guaranteed, the food is hotter!

 

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