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As I look through photos from past travels I’m always reminded of the smells, sounds and tastes of the place captured within the lens.

This is one of those favorite memories.

I’m first generation Canadian Chinese and although my first trip to Asia and Hong Kong was back when I was 18 years old – I don’t really remember much of that trip other than doing a lot of shopping (that was a long time ago!).

This trip however, I remember well…

Hong Kong Shanghai Street

I recall walking down Shanghai Street near our hotel in the area of Yau Ma Tei on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. My husband and I would often take this back street to avoid the busy hustle and bustle (and pollution) of Nathan Road. There we were with a bag full of freshly baked Chinese buns and egg tarts. We were eating those pastries like crazy they were so yummy and this batch was still warm from the oven.

As we were walking (and munching) along the street we stumbled across this building under construction. We stopped and watched as the workers were strapping the bamboo together for scaffolding.

Hong Kong is such a modern metropolitan city but like all things Chinese…we still follow the ways of our ancestors in our customs, celebrations, food and even construction techniques.

Hong Kong Construction