Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmas Eve in Hong Kong 2013 香港平安夜

【Hong Kong Nostalgia】
On December 24 evening after dinner in Central Hong Kong, I was ready to go home. Out to the Queen's Road Central, there were increasing masses on the street. Police began to maintain order using long red tapes to control the direction of the moving crowd. I noticed that many people were flocking to Lan Kwai Fong for Christmas celebration, police was enforcing access control over the crowd in the area .

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bruce Lee • Kung Fu • Art • Life 李小龍;武•藝•人生

【Behind the Image】
"Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life": On December 11, 2013, I had reviewed the legend of Bruce Lee at the Hong Kong Heritage of Museum.  It is memorable!  (Photo taken with Nikon Coolpix P7700)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hong Kong Legislative Council Complex 香港立法會綜合大樓

【Hong Kong Nostalgia】
To enhance the public's understanding of the work of the Legislative Council, Hong Kong government has arranged guided educational tours of the Legislative Council Complex for the public. I have the opportunity to participate in one of the tours and to record my observation through this album.  The wide and beautiful square of the complex facing the Kowloon Peninsular and Victoria Harbour is also one of the best places to take scenic photography.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

A makeup girl 化妝的女孩

【Behind the Image】
I have never seen the whole process of doing lady makeup. In an afternoon while I was riding the Mass Transit Railway in Hong Kong, I was able to watch a ten-minute makeup "show" performed by a girl who was standing beside me.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal 啟德郵輪碼頭

【Hong Kong Nostalgia】
I was born and raised in Hong Kong, living in Ngau Chi Wan Village at a young age. The runway of Kai Tak Airport was in close vicinity. As such I am quite impressive with the busy airport and its lengthy runway. At that time, I used to travel from Kwun Tong Ferry Pier to North Point. When the ferry went around the southern end of the Kai Tak runway, I often saw plane and landing aircraft on the runway.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Leaving for Hong Kong 離加返港

【Behind the Image】
In a snowy morning on Wednesday, I took this photo at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The same photo was taken last year because the setup of the decorative panels in the waiting hall is eye-catching and stylistic. I was heading to the flight to Hong Kong where I will have a series of site visits, good for me to accomplish some photographic projects to reflect the changing portraits of Hong Kong in my blog.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Night shots in Toronto 多倫多夜景攝影

【Ontario Yours to Discover】
In the past two years, I used to go out alone to take pictures. More recently, my photo buddies John, Derek and I always met together for photography. So we called our group the  "Photographic Trio" to share photographic experience. That evening, we went to the Toronto waterfront to take shots of the late night view. We also went to the bridge of Brimley Avenue over Toronto Highway 401 to capture the traffic lights on the highway.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Vision from a small world 眼看小小的世界

【Ontario Yours to Discover】
That day, I went to Toogood Pond in Toronto for photography with a friend. This time, I took the Micro-Nikkor 55mm, f/2.8 AIS lens, a manual micro lens bought in the 80s of the era of film camera. Since the inception of the automatic digital camera, most of these full manual lens have been eliminated and put aside. In recent years because of the trendy retro, some photo lovers having used the automatic zoom lens for long time began to use prime lens to pursue higher picture qauality.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Toogood Pond High & Low 泰顓湖上群雁舞

【Ontario Yours to Discover】
It is rare that I may take a trip for bird photography. I remembered my first bird photography was done three years ago. At that time, I just bought a Nikon lens AF-S VR Zoom 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6. I drove 2 odd hours to Huntsvill, 230km north of Toronto. It was my first album on bird photography.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Niagara Fall High & Low 尼阿瓜拉瀑布上與下

【Ontario Yours to Discover】
On November 1, 2013, I made another trip to Niagara Falls. Three professors from the Central Conservatory of Music of China, viz Tian Zaili, Professor of Erhu, Hao Yifan, Professor of Pipa and Teng Chunjiang, Guest Professor of Guzheng flied to Toronto to be the adjudicators of the 8th Anniversary of the Chinese Music Standard Grade Examination held overseas in Toronto. The exam just finsished in 2 days.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Mother and Child 母與子

【Behind the Image】
This afternoon, when I was driving along Warden Avenue in Scarborough, I was attracted by the charming maple on the roadside and decided to pull aside to take a photo of the maple. However, when I saw this young mother holding the hand of her daughter with care and love, I was touched and took this photo!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Bidding farewell in a rainy fall 秋楓秋雨別離時

【Ontario Yours to Discover】
October 14, 2013 was the last day of the Thanksgiving holiday. It was also the last day before the closure of the Oastler Lake Provincial Park Campsite in this year. it will be reopened in May next year. In the late fall, maple leaves have changed their colors. It is a good time to appreciate the fall colors. For this reason, I went to Oastler Lake Provincial Park campsite again, 230km north of Toronto to see the colors of the maple and take pictures of the last day of the park.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall colors at Parry Sound 百麗山秋色

On the very last day of the Thanksgiving holiday. I went to Parry Sound, 230km north of Toronto to appreciate the fall colors.  I climbed up to the top of the 10-storey lookout tower on the Tower Hill to get a panoramic view of the beautiful scene.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Joy of photography in camping 露營攝影的樂趣

I have a deep affection in the campsite at the Oastler Lake Provincial Park at Parry Sound, 230km north of Toronto. The campsite is by the Oaslter Lake with beautiful lakescape and easy accessibility. This fall, I have been there camping twice. I love camping by the lake as it is easy to do photography and artistic creation.

Saturday, October 5, 2013


※ 作者﹕ 許鐵民〔香港國際壽山石協會秘書長〕


Friday, October 4, 2013


※ 作者:許鐵民〔國際壽山石協會秘書長〕
※ 文章載自「明報月刊」二零一三年元月號


Monday, September 30, 2013

Sights & Sounds at Parry Sound 湖景•笛聲•柏麗山

On Thursday 6am, I was overcome with boredom and eventually drove alone for 2.5 hours, 230km northbound from Toronto to the Oastler Lake Provincial Park at Parry Sound again. I wished to spend a day off for relaxation to relieve my recent busy and heavy workload. I set up a tent by the lake quickly as I loved this lakeside campsite for easy appreciation of the lakescape. I could also walk along the Oastler Lake Drive to reach the other side of the lake to gaze at my campsite from across the lake. For this, I chose an eye-catching red tent.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Discovery Harbour 發現港

Discovery Harbour is located at the Penetanguishene Bay near Midland Township 160km north of Toronto. The British naval and military base has revealed part of the history of the war of 1821 between Britain and the United States.  In 1793, Sir John Graves Simcoe discovered Penetangusihene Bay as a suitable strategic base with steep-sided deep water to protect and maintain ships.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons 桑達瑪莉民族村

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the first European community built on the bank of the Wye River of Midland in Ontario. 400 years ago, French Jesuit missionaries decided to preach Christianity to the Hurons and they believed education is the best means for preaching and therefore planned to develop a christian headquarter in Wendake, the ancestral home of the Huron Wendate nation here in Midland.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Sunny Scarborough Bluffs 晴朗的士嘉堡懸崖

This was a sunny Thursday with cloudy blue sky, a good time for outdoor photography. I went to Scarborough Bluffs again with my two photo buddies. This is my 3rd years taking photograph of the cliff scenes. Now the cliff top is securely fenced to prevent visitors from going too close to the cliff. But there is still an opening where people can walk closely to the cliff edge to appreciate the beauty of the lake.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Wye River under the Hwy 12 bridge 12號公路下的惠河

Tay Shore Trail is located in the Tay Township in Ontario, Canada. It begins in Maubaushene and ends by the Wye River in Midland.  The origin of Wye River starts at the central Tay Township and flows northbound to the Midland Bay.  Wye River passes the Wye Marsh Wildlife Area, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Hwy 12, Martyrs' Shrine and finally reaches the Midland Bay.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Wye River Trail 惠河郊遊徑

Tay Shore Trail is located in the Tay Township in Ontario, Canada. It originates from the east in Waubaushene, running through Victoria Harbour, Port McNicole and ends by the Wye River in Midland City. The construction of the Tay Shore Trail began in June 2006 and completed in September 2007. The length of the whole trail is 18.5km. The trail was paved with cement and is suitable for hiking and cycling. It has run through different small towns and renowned places of interest.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Martyrs' Shrine 加國殉道者朝聖地

The Martyrs' Shrine in Midland, Ontario consecrated to the memory of the Jesuit missionaries who sacrified their lives when bringing their Catholic faith to the aborginals in Canada almost 400 years ago. The Shrine, 150Km north of Toronto, was built in Midland in 1926 in Goethic architectural design. It is attributed to the 8 martyrs of the Jesuit missionaries and the Catholics. 5 of them were catholic priests preaching in Canada: Antoine Daniel, Jean de Brebeuf, Gabriel Lalemant, Charles Garnier and Noel Chanel. Three preached in American land: Isaac Jaques, Rene Goupil and Jean de La Lande.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Discovery of the unusual images 異常影像的發掘

Recently, I passed the Steeles Avenue in Toronto and the church building was still under construction. I walked and looked around the church's building site. The construction site was dumped with soil and flourished with weeds. To the general pedestrians, there were nothing worth staying for a while for appreciation.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Cheltenham Badlands 紅土地

This piece of land appears red full of small hills and gullies. This ancient seabed is estimated at 450 million years. The red and loose sediment of soil is commonly found in Alberta. It is rare in Ontario. Unlike those in Alberta, the feature of the present Cheltenham Badlands in Ontario is not entirely natural. In the early days, it had layers of deposit beneath a forest and soil cover. When the settlers arrived here, they cleared the forest to graze their cattle. Gradually, the top soils eroded and disappeared and the red sediment exposed.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Floating homes of Lemonville 浮宅之鄉

In a sunny afternoon, I was driving north bound along McCowan Road in Toronto. In 30 minutes, I arrived Lemonville at the Bethesda Road and appreciated the beautiful view of the ponds one after the other. The scenery throughout York Region looks fairly ordinary. There is, however, a stretch of countryside atop a sandy hill in Whitchurch-Stouffville lies a series of elegant homes which appear to be floating on water.

Monday, June 24, 2013

TCO 20th Anniversary Concert 楓華正茂二十年音樂會

In the evening of 22 June 2013, Toronto Chinese Orchestra(TCO) has the 20th Anniversary Concert held at the PC Ho Theatre, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto. Guest artists included Yazhi Guo, Winds virtuoso, Tao He, Erhu virtuoso and Pingxin Xu, Dulcimer virtuoso. Toronto Chinese Orchestra was founded in 1993 by Mr Hoi Lee and a group of Chinese music enthusiats to promote and develop Chinese music in Toronto. I have participated in and witnessed the birth and growth of the orchestra since 1993.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Where is the Cross? 十架在那裡?

Last year, I have taken photography of the construction of a cathedral on Steeles Avenue East in Toronto. A few days ago, I noticed the steel shell of this cathedral installed with a roof and window glass. Through the window of this cathedral, I have taken photography of a cross of another distant church. Now this scene cannot be taken again and the previous photograph of a cross has become a witness to the history of the construction process.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Mary Lake Shrine 瑪麗湖奧古斯丁修道院

I have spent two hours of a sunny afternoon, a 30 minutes drive from Toronto, to visit the Mary Lake Augustinian Monastery, also known as Mary Lake Shrine or simply Mary Lake in King City, Ontario, Canada. The Mary Lake complex includes the property, the monastery and shrine which operates a retreat centre, residing on Keele Street, north of 15th Sideroad (Bloomington). Mary Lake is now well known as a spiritual centre for the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Freight 8602 and its 178 gas cars 拖著178車卡的8602編號列車

She ...
The freight no. 8602
Drags on with 178 gas tanks
Passing the wide prairies from afar
Climbing over the deep gorges and high lands
At Toronto Train Yard her journey finally ends

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Strolling beside the Toronto Train Yard 多倫多鐵道旁閑遊

【Ontario Yours to Discover】 《Strolling beside the Toronto Train Yard》: Many people love transport. Children love buses, matchbox cars. Adults favor sport cars, aircraft, yachts. I fall in love with train. I specially prefer steam locomotives which use to drag over 100 trucks through mountains, valley, cross the bridges, pass through the caves, travel the desert, wilderness, forests and swamps. In all modes of transport, train is the most heavy duty, hard-working and bitter endurable transport to any change of the tough climate.  To be a wise man, we have a lot to learn from the train!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

An Early Spring in Scarborough 士嘉堡初春

I love Canada's distinctive seasons: spring flowers, summer rain, autumn maple, winter snows. In a lazy afternoon, I strolled on the streets of Scarborough in Toronto. There are petit yellow flowers covering the ground everywhere whereas the trees have started to grow new shoots and leaves.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Look of Cherry Blossom at High Park 櫻花情貌

On 4th May, a sunny Saturday afternoon, I visited High Park at the southern end of Toronto to appreciate and shoot the cherry blossoms. In 1959, citizens of Tokyo, Japan, donated cherry tree to Toronto people who had an opportunity to appreciate the handsome gorgeous views of the Japanese cherry blossoms.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Golden Beach at Nightfall 黃金的海岸

The recent chase of the sunset ends at the Golden Beach in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong. Despite missing the chance in watching the sunset on the beach, I have appreciated the light, shadow, feelings and event of the precious moment at nightfall.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Chasing After the Sunset 黃金追落日

From the New Territorries
Leaves Sheung Shui in the north, 
And passes through tunnels of all
Finally comes out of the Kowloon Door.
Driving along Castle Peak Road is the highway corridor
We run towards the west to Golden Beach, least of all!

Monday, April 15, 2013

JCCAC 賽馬會創意藝術中心

In 1953, a fire in Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, made tens of thousands of families homeless. The Hong Kong Government in order to house these refugees, within a short period of time, started the construction of  multi-storey buildings in a nearby hillside of the disaster field. This was the first Hong Kong public housing estate, known as the "Shek Kip Mei Resettlement Area".

Monday, April 8, 2013

Yaumatei ● Temple ● Street 油麻地 ● 廟 ● 街

The name of Yaumatei has close relation with the Yaumatei Tin Hau Temple. According to the record inscribed on a tablet in 1870, the land was named as "Ma Tei" (lit. jute ground). There were many shops selling sesame oil and jute. The place was re-named as Yaumatei (lit. oil and jute ground). Now, the Tin Hau Temple and Temple Street are the landmarks of Yaumatei.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Only Vivid Color Photo 唯一鮮明的彩照

Photo Inspiration ...
A photo wins a thousand words, 
Maybe there is a story behind it.
畫意書情 ...

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Rainy Snaps 雨中攝趣

Most people prefer sunny, blue sky and white clouds to go out taking photos. In rainy day, it will affect the shooting mood, even dispel the idea of photography. This day, I went to Cheung Chau Island in Hong Kong, going to shoot some distinctive views. Unfortunately, it rained all day from the beginning to the end of the trip.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Reminiscing Wing Lee Street 情迷永利街

Wing Lee Street is a short street in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, its street numbers range from 1 to 12 in a 5-story tenement building. Hong Kong film "Echoes of the Rainbow" was shot in this street, produced by Mabel Cheung, directed by Alex Law and starred by Simon Yam and Sandra Ng. The film won the Crystal Bear Award for the best film of the 60th Berlin Film Festival in March 2010 and subsequently made Wing Lee Street world-renowned. It is because of the fame gained by the film and the reaction of the public rejection that the Hong Kong government eventually changed its mind to retain the entire building which escaped the fate of demolition!

Monday, March 18, 2013

City Lights 城市之光

Hong Kong is world-renowned as "the Pearl of the Orient" because of its charming night scene. But in the hustle and bustle of Central downtown, there are still countless combinations of light and shadow that have presented many wonderful images of the city through the glass wall of the buildings. The images presented are fascinating. I walked in the concrete jungle of Central and used the camera to capture the "city of light" to let people appreciate another face of the Central.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Those striving for a living 為生活拼搏的一群

Central is a commercial district in Hong Kong. In this bustling city, there are scenes reflecting people's struggling for a hard life. I was on the mid-levels escalator in Central, discovering many shops opened in the buildings on both sides of the escalator. The internal operation of the shop is a vivid showcase for the customers and pedestrians.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Golden music at Cyberport 金光妙韻數碼港

The Cyberport is located at the Southern District of the Hong Kong island. It is a commercial community established to develop digital technology with partnership of companies and IT developers to meet the demand of the expanding digital age. While visiting the Cyberport, I have enjoyed the "Golden Champion Concert 2012" held at The Arcade.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Love in Shek O 石澳情

Shek O, located in the southern part of the Hong Kong island, is a resort area with a beautiful beach. A small bridge connects the Shek O Village and Tai Tau Chau (lit. big headed island). There is a small trail meandering in the hill. The village is tranquil with gorgeous resort houses. The beach is wide with tidal waves, attracting many tourists, lovers and the newly-wed for a walk and photography.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Peak to Aberdeen ends in total darkness 山頂往香港仔: 走出黑暗

When you are in a ferry in Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, you will see the Peak on Hong Kong island and the Peak Tower at the mountain valley of the Peak. My impression of the Peak dated back to the 60s when I was a small child. I remembered that I saw the Peak when I was taking the Star Ferry to Hong Kong.  The Peak tram was seen climbing slowly in the mountain.

The Lugard Road meandering around the hill was the popular trail for the visitors to see the beautiful Hong Kong scenes. Now the stone forest has emerged tremendously, the Peak tram and the Lugard plank road are no longer visible. In order to view the beautiful scenes of the Victoria Harbor, I visited the famous Hong Kong Trail, starting from the Lugard Road at the Peak at noon.  I  continued my trip to Harlect Road and Hong Kong Trail to Pokfulam Reservoir. My planned destination was Aberdeen Reservoir. However, as I had not reached the destination of Aberdeen at dusk, I changed my journey before night as the mountain trail would be in total darkness! I was heading toward Pokfulam Road near Wah Fu Estate with the use of my iPhone flashlight for lighting. After struggling my way in 25 minutes, I finally got to the Pokfulam Road at 6:30pm. The end of the journey to escape from the darkness was exiting and unforgettable!

Photo equipment:
Nikon D300s, Nikon GP-1 GPS
AF-DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon AW-100 compact camera
iPhone 5 


從維多利亞港乘搭渡海小輪,會看見整個太平山,山峽間有塔形建築凌霄閣,俗稱「老襯亭」。我對山頂的印像始於孩提的60年代,第一次乘坐天星小輪,在船上望見太平山,當年港島半山仍未有太多的豪宅高廈,所以很清楚見到纜車在半山爬行。盧吉道在半山繞山而行,成為遊人漫步觀賞維港兩岸景色的熱門道路。現在,由於半山及港島都是石屎森林,已經難以看到半山的纜車和環山的盧吉道棧道了! 我在中午12時開始在山頂盧吉道起行,轉夏力道,再沿港島經往薄扶林水塘,目的地是經港島徑2號往香港仔。可惜黃昏時份仍未到達目的地,天色已晚,山徑漆黑一片,馬上要改變行程往薄扶林道置富花園方向走。我要依頼手機的電筒軟件照明,花了25分鐘到6時半方抵達薄扶林道。最後一段走出黑暗的旅程是緊張而難忘的!

The Peak ● 山頂

The Peak Tower and the square

The Peak Tower in 1972 had a Chinese, a western restaurants and shopping centre.  The lower level was the Peak Tram terminal. The Peak Lookout restaurant was on the left (archive photo).
1972年的「老襯亭」,內有中餐廳爐峰酒樓、西餐廳凌霄閣及購物商場,下層為纜車站。太平山餐廳在左面 (檔案照片)。

The Peak Tower in 2012 as seen from the Victoria Harbor is viewed closely from the Lugard Road.
2012年在盧吉道近看凌霄閣背面, 也是在維港望見的一面!

An old peak team was displayed at the plaza in the Peak

Gazing out from the shopping centre

The Peak Lookout, a historical restaurant at the Peak and was accorded as Grade 2 status by the Antiquities Advisory Board of Hong Kong in 1981.  The interior has been changed but the building remains the same.

Lugard Road ● 盧吉道

Lugard Road

A singing bird found on Lugard Road

Lugard Road meanders on the mid level

A section of the Lugard Road was a plank road as seen in the early days.

The same section of the plank road was captured in 2012

Strolling on the plank road

A plank road built on the cliff

The lamp is barely visible as the plank road is immersed in the dense plants in the hill.

Green algae on trunk

Colorful ships were sailing fast off the Western District of Hong Kong

An ancient and elegant lamp post

Harlect Road ● 夏力道

The park at the junction of Lugard and Harlect in panorama

The cliff rock on Harlect Road

A yellow flower

Lung Fu Shan viewpoint

The pill-box at the end of the Harlect Road.  A number of batteries, pillboxes and shelters were constructed on Hong Kong island to defend against the Japanese threat during the war from 1936 to 1941.
夏力道盡頭處的機槍堡。為了防禦日軍的威脅﹐ 香港英軍在1936至1941年間港島沿岸建造防禦設施如機槍堡等。

Hong Kong Trail Section 1 ● 港島徑1段

The descending Hong Kong Trail Section 1

Buildings of Queen Mary Hospital

The sea off the Kennedy Town of the Western District

A distance post points at the Queen Mary Hospital

An ancient classic building on the hill-slope

Passing by a water supply plant

Potfulam Reservoir

Hong Kong Trail Section 2 ● 港島徑2段

Tranquil scene on the Hong Kong Trail Section 2

A panoramic view

Images of trees

Lamma Island at dusk

Gazing over the high rises at Pokfulam

The evening at Aberdeen city centre at 5:56pm
下午5時56分: 俯瞰香港仔市中心夜景

At 6pm, I was still hurry my way down from the hill before the coming of the night.
下午6時: 夜幕已低垂,我仍在半山趕路。

6:04pm:  It was totally dark on the trail.
下午6時04分: 天色已黑,沒有路燈的山路已是漆黑一片!

6:07pm:  it was totally dark within a minute!
下午6時07分: 不到一分鐘,已伸手不見五指。

6:24pm:  after struggling my way in the dark, I finally arrived at the Pokfulam Road in 24 minutes!

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