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Gage Street

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Gage Street is a short, lively street that starts at the intersection of Cochrane Street and Lyndhurst Terrace, and ends at Aberdeen Street. The street was named after Sir William Gage, an admiral in the Royal Navy who fought in the French Revolutionary Wars.

Gage Street Street Sign

The Gage Street street sign at the intersection of Cochrane Street and Lyndhurst Terrace.

The street is lined with an assortment of noodle shops, meat markets and fresh fruit and vegetable stalls. There are also quite a few open air cafe-style restaurants along the street, known to locals as dai-pai-dongs. Dai-pai-dongs are an essential part of Hong Kong’s culture, but are dying out, as the Food and Hygiene Department of Hong Kong are not issuing any more new dai-pai-dong licenses, and also because rental fees in Hong Kong are increasing rapidly.

Lan Fong Yuen Dai Pai Dong

Lan Fong Yuen – one of the better known dai-pai-dongs in Gage Street. Credits to “Gourmet Traveller 88”.

It is also a shopping hotspot for locals who live around the area. Local shoppers go to the street’s markets on a daily basis to buy their daily groceries. The Park N’ Shop at the top end of the street seemed relatively out of business compared to the bustling fruit, vegetable and meat stalls!

Meat market in Gage Street

Stall selling fresh cuts of pork.

Shop keeper tends to vegetables - Gage Street

Shopkeeper preparing vegetables for sale.

Gage Street is also home to many critically-acclaimed local restaurants. One of them is Dragon Restaurant, a restaurant that specializes in barbecued meats. Anthony Bourdain visited the restaurant while on his Hong Kong tour, and after tasting the suckling pig, remarked that “This is as close to God as you’re going to get”.

Dragon Restaurant - Gage Street

A variety of different “char siu” (barbecued meat) for sale.

To sum up, Gage Street is definitely a piece of well-preserved history within a modern, sophisticated metropolis. Having already operated for over a hundred years, it is still a vibrant and lively street.

Written by patrickcampbellhk

January 9, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Peng Chau

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View of a group of typical Peng Chau houses.

Peng Chau is a small island, known for its famous fresh seafood, and the relaxed, laid back local lifestyle. The main attractions of Peng Chau are Finger Hill, the tallest point of the island, which offers stunning views of Peng Chau and the surrounding islands, and the town centre, with stores selling seafood, traditional Chinese furniture and fresh fruit and vegetables.

We travelled on the Kai To Ferry – an old, dilapidated boat – to Peng Chau, and arrived in the town centre. The bustling town centre was full of local shoppers, buying their daily groceries from the wet market and stores selling dried fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, and assortments of meat.

I had a stroll around a store which was already a decade old (according to the shop keeper), which sold traditional Chinese furniture, and was famous throughout all of Hong Kong for authentic, antique furniture. There was a large variety of interesting furniture; from Ming Dynasty dining chairs, to carved elephant heads, to Tibetan style drawers. I bought a small wooden name card holder with engravings of lucky Chinese sayings for my Dad, at a very reasonable price of $30.

It was getting hot, so we decided to grab a cold drink at a local café/restaurant. After navigating around the town centre, we settled on a small corner café in the town square, where we had refreshing Hong Kong-style Iced Lemon Teas. The town square was very peaceful, with elderly people sitting on plastic chairs under the trees chatting, and the calm, sea breeze blowing across the piazza.

Overall, it was a great experience to be able to gain a little insight into the simple lifestyle of Peng Chau’s residents.

Written by patrickcampbellhk

November 14, 2010 at 1:54 PM