Friday, December 31, 2010

Boats, Pier and Shops 小艇、碼頭與店舖

A quick sketch in the warm winter sun

On the ground floor on the left: a shop space is converted into an extra dining room of a nearby seafood restaurant.

The second shop from the left:  "The Reading Room", a newly-open local bookshop, selling old and new books as well as hosting reading activities.

I was sitting on a pier extended into the harbour.  You can see boats casually docking next to the pier.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Old Temple Square @ Yau Ma Tei 油麻地 天后廟

This Tin Hau (Goddess of the Sea) Temple, similar to many others in Hong Kong, was once fronting the sea, however as Hong Kong developed, it's now surrounded by buildings.  The temple square is shaded by large Banyan trees with their aerial roots hanging down everywhere. These trees provide a nice shaded place for local worshippers and oversea tourists to gather here every day. 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Meets Fantasy! From Hong Kong

This one isn't a real urban sketch or drawing, but the street scene is based on photos I took in the Sai Ying Poon area over the Hong Kong side.  I added the bank of China tower as backdrop as well.   

Wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fish for Sale? 邊道有魚?

The sketch was done a few years ago.  This nice little wooden fish market was demolished finally and is now replaced by a new concrete one.  The fish market is normally empty during daytime as the fishermen only come here to sell their catch before day break.

Location: See Cheung Street, Sai Kung Town, Hong Kong

Monday, December 6, 2010

High Rises and Chinese Temple 三山國王與麗晶花園

Richland Garden High Rises across Kwun Tong Road 麗晶花園

A sketch done on a terraced public park, with the very dense Richland Garden residential high-rises across Kwun Tong Road. Hong Kong

Chinese Tempe in front of public housing high rises 三山國王廟 坪石邨

The "Saam Saan King Temple" , 三山國王廟 is dedicated to three "kings" or "legendary figures" who are worshipped in Southern China for centuries. This very temple was bulilt in 1800 an was facing the sea. However, with the now closed old Kai Tak airport which was developed during World War II, the temple has become an inland temple for decades. Behind the temple is three housing blocks of Ping Shek Estate, a public housing project which has been around for four decades.
Note: The tower on the left is used for burning incense for the "kings"