Street Art and Street Lessons in Hong Kong


So word on the street had it that somewhere in the pretty easily discoverable bowels of Mongkok East, lay a repository of wicked street art.  Emboldened after our discoveries in the New Territories, we set off like adventurers of old with no map, no smartphone (and probably no money/water/correct footwear knowing us!) and wandered around the vicinity of the station.

A cursory glance into an alleyway we happened upon scrappy tags and the wordly belongings of folk who reside there.  We weren’t entirely sure if we were in the right place…

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It seemed like we had wandered into a monochrome landscape, tough and relentless but with a persevering intrigue.  IMG_7578 IMG_7583IMG_7582As we meandered down the wall, it became apparent that if we weren’t in the exact right place, we were indeed somewhere very cool anyway.

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Hong Kong is not great to everyone but art lurks in every corner if you know where to look. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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18 comments

  1. Great read and viewing.
    its so good to see what goes on in the back streets of Hong Kong it inspires me more to reach them lands .THANKS

  2. that’s pretty crazy…
    love your choice of words: “wordly belongings”

    • It feels particularly unreal in Hong Kong when there is so much abundant and flaunted wealth everywhere. What surprises a lot of people is that HK is home to one of the largest gaps in the world between rich and poor – a reported 1 in 5 people live below the poverty line, yet Hong Kong is also rated 4th in the world for millionaire households. The four richest people in Asia live here having a combined wealth of approx. $90 billion while an increasing number live in cage homes and under bridges.

  3. I always love your street art photos – these are great. I particularly love the walrus and the beautiful piece two above it.
    ~Andrea<3

  4. Wow! I’ve only ever been to Mon Gok for elaborate shopping trips and retail therDpy. Obviously there’s a whole side of HK I’m yet to explore. One day!!!

  5. Thanks, love your blog! I’m curious about the graffiti pic at the top of the page, the crazy chef with the cleavers… Where’s this wall in Hong Kong? Awesome stuff.

    • Thanks so much for your comments! The crazy chef picture (one of our favourites and seems to sum on Hong Kong on SO many levels, hehe) is to be found along the river banks up in Yuen Long, New Territories. If you’re in the area, Yuen Long is way up toward the end of the purple line and then the river bank is about a 20 minute walk from the MTR station. Actually, it could be shorter but we go so distracted en route – its a really amazingly different area and well worth a wander!

  6. You are STILL in Asia!!! OMG :). Happy to see you both again after a few months disappearing… for a good reason… or maybe not so good reason (written on my reply to yours in my blog :).

  7. Hello HJ: Suddenly realised it’s been a long time since I’ve read anything of Waterfalls and Caribous, and wondering how you are. I have heard a little snippet of news back here though!!! We are all well, Rachael is scheduled for a caesarean on 16 December, so not long to go now. We don’t know what sex baby is, so it will be a nice surprise. Harry will be 2 next month. He’s extremely cute, and pretty clued up for a little lad. I get to spend lots of time with him and he just loves to come to my house, which is really great. He and Ivy are good buddies. If I don’t hear from you, Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you both. Much love, Elaine xxxxx

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