Pai Dongs, or literally "Row Kiosks", refer to kiosks flanking the street in a long, single rows as one can see in any local open-air market. The emergence of these rectangular boxes was as much about facilitating as regulating the haphazard hawking activities on the street which went rampant in the colonial days of Hong Kong. The open-air markets in existence are mostly the remaining so-called hawker control areas thought out by the British administrators, where the Pai Dongs were first erected.
Obviously, the tiny space provided within the kiosk made little sense for doing proper business. The result is the shop operators illegally extending the business areas around the kiosks which gives the crowded open-air markets their special atmosphere. If one looks closely, one will be able to see that each of the kiosks is fitted with a electricity meter by the power company.
Some usual readers may recall that we have published posts about Dai Pai Dongs, the open-…
(Camera: Sony A55)The presentation is not really flattering but they are more, so to speak, than meets the eyes. These roasted squabs are a locally renowned gourmet dish. It can be ordered in most Chinese restaurant. In case you wonder where you can get the best roasted squabs, try the Lung Wah Hotel, which is not a hotel any more, in Shatin.
Few know that there is a pyramid in Hong Kong. In fact, if one looks carefully, one may find even more than a single pyramid. The one that the author noticed is in Tsim Sha Tsui by the Star Ferry Pier. You cannot look at it from a usual angle, and you will need a zoom lens to spot it. The pyramid is made possible by pointing your lens, with the horizontal level twisted a bit, to one of the top corners of the Cultural Centre building. Surely adding the moon to the frame will give more credence to the make-believe pyramid.