Hollywood Road in Hong Kong

Before I start, I need to dispell a complete myth. Hollywood Road in Hong Kong has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with Hollywood in the US. In fact this road existed LONG before there was ever a property development in L.A. called Hollywood. It was named after Lord Hollywood who had some things to do with the colony of Hong Kong over 150 years ago. I am glad we have got that out of the way - I am tired of asnwering that question….

Hollywood Road is one of the more interesting old roads on Hong Kong Island and in fact one of the first. It is about 1.5 kilometers long and goes from Sheung Wan district to Wyndham Street in Central. It is famous for the temple and for some the amazing banyan trees on the road as well as the eclectic collection of shops and so on that line it. Here are some of my favourite photos taken over the year.

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The western end of the road is famous for the antqiue shops that line bpth sides. This one is right next to the temple. Taken with a Hasselblad 500CM and Fuji Provia 100F film.

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The temple itself is very spectacular, but very dim inside and hard to phtoograph effectively. It is usually packed to the gills with tourists which doesn't help. Taken with a Hasselblad 500CM and Fuji PRO800Z film.

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There are some smaller temples on the side streets - this one is on Staunton Street which is just below Hollywood Road. Taken with a Sigma DP2 Merrill.

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A chaotic shop on Hollywood Road. Sells almost anything. Taken with a Leica M8 and Summilux 75/1.4

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Old Bailey Street joins Hollywood Road after a very steep slope. My first job in Hong Kong was on this street in 1987 - it has changed a lot. Taken on a Canon EOS 1DS Mark III with Canon 50mm F1.2

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Many of the markets have had to move as "urban renewal" destroys the older buildings. Taken on a Canon EOS 1DS Mark III with Canon 50mm F1.2

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Good life advice I guess. The entrance to the old Police Station. Nikon F3, Nikkor 50/1.2 and Fuji ACROS film.

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As always - it is HOW you present your cabbage that makes all the difference. A small French restaurant. Nikon F3, Nikkor 50/1.2 and Fuji Provia 100F film.

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A truck driver relaxes on Hollywood Road. Leica M8, Canon 50mm F1.2 LTM rangefinder lens.

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Chinese lanterns for sale. Taken on a Canon EOS 1DS Mark III with Canon 50mm F1.2

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Tofu. One of the best things about food in North Asia in general. Taken on a Canon EOS 1DS Mark III with Canon 50mm F1.2


© David Runacres 2014