Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hanging Garden in Hong Kong

Many visitors enjoy seeing the coastline of Hong Kong at the Peak and the waterfronts. Want more? Visit Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park and feast your eyes with the 360 degree view.

Opened on the 18th of October, 2013 (for the park only), Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park is a hanging garden located on top of the largest cruise terminal in Hong Kong. The size of this new attraction is 23,000 square meters approximately.
Take a look at the 10 photos I took recently.

This hanging garden adopts the concept of hill (near the Kwun Tong end), city (middle) and water (facing the Victoria Harbor). It has sight platform, central lawn, fountain square, children oasis, specially arranged garden and flag-raising platform, etc. The intertwining pavements will lead you to different facilities, flowers and plants; whereas, the outer one is ideal for the 360 degree view that shows New Kowloon, Lei Yu Mun, Kwun Tong Refuge Harbor, Kowloon Bay and the Victoria Harbor.

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park opens every day at 7:00am to 11:00pm. Entry is free. As the cruise terminal will be put into full service later, shops haven’t opened yet and the choice of transportation is limited. Visitors can take the mini bus no. 86 at Kowloon Bay MTR from Monday to Sunday or bus no. 5R that runs on Sunday and public holidays only, and picks up passengers at Nagu Tok Kok MTR and Kwun Tong MTR.

In Hong Kong, many shops open at around 1
1:00am. If you have nowhere to go in the morning, why not visit this hanging garden to have a walk, enjoy the 360 degree scenery and the breeze? After that, you can visit the big shopping malls nearby, for example, Mega Box and Telford Plaza at Kowloon Bay or APM at Kwun Tong or ride by MTR to some other attractions.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Power of Lego

Lego manufacturer manages to upgrade its building blocks for more sophisticated uses throughout these years. Let us explore the awesome power of Lego.

Many adults played Lego during their childhood. At that time, only a couple styles of building blocks were available and they were very standard. Children had to use their creative power and motor skills to build the items they wanted, including the setting.

Nowadays many parents are willing to pay a lot of money to buy this toy, which is more educational than ever. Lego offers various kinds of setting that facilitate role- playing, for example, city for real life, Star Wars for space, superheroes for action world, Lord of the Rings and Hobbits for fantasy world. Dino, this division helps children learn more about dinosaurs. Playing does not limit to creativity and motor skills to use building blocks to make things, it also includes children making up their own story based on a particular background whose knowledge can be acquired through reading books and watching movies.

Some parents may even play with their children by taking the role as a camera man for photo or video shooting that is feasible with the latest Smartphone. Adults and children work like a team to produce something and have fun at the same time. Lego becomes a tool to consolidate the parent-children’s relationship as long as you are willing to spend them on playing together.

The manufacturer offers a lot of settings and gives hints on how to make fun in their official web site. Is that all? No. The simplest building block can turn up to something awesome. Take a look at the illustrated photos that I took from Lego Polar Fun @ Harbour City in Hong Kong.

Show these splendid animals to your kids to fuel up their creative power and impulse. Encourage them to explore new potentiality rather than just follow the standard one demonstrated by the manufacturer. You may come up with nice surprise.

In recent years, Lego has developed its power of displaying architecture, showing not only the modern high buildings and large mansions, but also the ancient edifices that can only be seen in old photos or movies. Take a look at the two photos I took during an exhibition displaying the 1970 and the 2011 Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, you can grasp at the fast-paced development of this energetic city. Lego presents a strong visual view and captures the historical moment in an impressive manner. Trust many creative adults will continue exploring the displaying ability of Lego and extend its power further. 

What about the individual consumer? Can we create something impressive to display? Yes, not just for a display, but also for practical use, I think. Imagine building a lovely penguin and add a clock on his body. Won’t it be cool to own such a unique item or present it as a gift to someone special?

So, what you are waiting for? Dig out your treasure, work together with your kids and experience the power of Lego. 

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