Mong Kok

I've met a couple of folks at HKU, a lot of which being exchange students. Naturally, as the one with a decent knowledge of Hong Kong, I took 'em out to do some local thrifting and window shopping. What better place than in Mong Kok? 

Still getting used to the sheer aggression in which motorists exhibit here. Despite their towering presence and tank-like proportions, bus drivers are every bit as aggressive as taxi drivers.

Still getting used to the sheer aggression in which motorists exhibit here. Despite their towering presence and tank-like proportions, bus drivers are every bit as aggressive as taxi drivers.

Hong Kong is a city of verticality, economic disparity, and constant construction. 

Hong Kong is a city of verticality, economic disparity, and constant construction. 

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Tung Choi Street, or better known as Ladies' Street or 女人街. Where you'll find counterfeit goods, constant haggling and shirts with impeccable Engrish spelling.

Tung Choi Street, or better known as Ladies' Street or 女人街. Where you'll find counterfeit goods, constant haggling and shirts with impeccable Engrish spelling.

This man was naturally striking a pose.

This man was naturally striking a pose.

If there's a sign, there's a job.

If there's a sign, there's a job.

Back home in Toronto, egg waffles (鷄蛋仔) are nothing compared to the ones found in Hong Kong.

Back home in Toronto, egg waffles (鷄蛋仔) are nothing compared to the ones found in Hong Kong.

Towering over Mong Kok is the menacing Langham Place, a commercial skyscraper complex & shopping complex. It's amazing to think that it has a set of escalators that take shoppers up 250 ft into the heart of the building.

Towering over Mong Kok is the menacing Langham Place, a commercial skyscraper complex & shopping complex. It's amazing to think that it has a set of escalators that take shoppers up 250 ft into the heart of the building.

Looking up from the base of the escalators.

Looking up from the base of the escalators.

It has spectacular structures in the centre area of the mall, including this whirlwind/tornado piece.

It has spectacular structures in the centre area of the mall, including this whirlwind/tornado piece.

2014 is the year of the Horse in the lunar calendar. This cute pink horse was on display as tourists and locals alike took selfies.

2014 is the year of the Horse in the lunar calendar. This cute pink horse was on display as tourists and locals alike took selfies.

It was constructed solely of plastic flowers. Good to know that a flower bed was not sacrificed in the name of a silly horse.

It was constructed solely of plastic flowers. Good to know that a flower bed was not sacrificed in the name of a silly horse.

The view from the 11th floor. 

The view from the 11th floor. 

Another one of the many sets of escalators. 

Another one of the many sets of escalators. 

There was a minimalist store that sold high quality black and white tees with interesting designs printed on them. Wasn't necessarily a fan of the designs, but the store had interesting displays.

There was a minimalist store that sold high quality black and white tees with interesting designs printed on them. Wasn't necessarily a fan of the designs, but the store had interesting displays.

After a couple of hours of wandering, the moon rose over the streets of Mong Kok. This is where sensory overload is born.

After a couple of hours of wandering, the moon rose over the streets of Mong Kok. This is where sensory overload is born.

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The sun set, out came the vehicles.

The sun set, out came the vehicles.

Who needs natural light when you've got neon lighting the streets for as far as the eye can see?

Who needs natural light when you've got neon lighting the streets for as far as the eye can see?

This district is also where street food is aplenty. The curry fish balls were scrumptious.

This district is also where street food is aplenty. The curry fish balls were scrumptious.

Nathan Street sees nonstop buses and their respective stops. Fortunately, transit in Hong Kong is privately and independently owned (depends on if it's buses or subway) and these systems are highly efficient and punctual. Privatization does wonders, doesn't it? 

Nathan Street sees nonstop buses and their respective stops. Fortunately, transit in Hong Kong is privately and independently owned (depends on if it's buses or subway) and these systems are highly efficient and punctual. Privatization does wonders, doesn't it? 

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