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Up-and-coming watercolor artist Elaine Chiu was born and raised in Hong Kong, known for her frequent workshops teaching people how to capture raw moments of Hong Kong city life, Elaine has become a full-time city painter after her graduation from the University of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is full of things that are unique to the city, such as neon signs, wet market street views and local dai pai dongs. Here are some recommendations from Elaine regarding where you could go sketch or even take some awesome iconic photos:

 

Neon Signs on Soy Street

 

 

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Slow down before you walk past this street towards the sneaker street nearby, soy street may be a place perfect for shopping but it’s also a great place to sketch or take photos. Look up to photograph neon signs and pose in front of Ladies’ Market for the “gram”.

Location: Soy Street 

 

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In Between: Old and New of Hung Fook Street 

One of the oldest parts of Hong Kong, Hung Fook Street is about to be renewed under the orders of the Hong Kong Government. Old style “Tong Laus” on both sides of the road allow us to take a glimpse at what Hong Kong was 30 years ago before the financial boom. Take a walk down memory lane here and be transported back to old Hong Kong.

Location: Hung Fook Street

The Abandoned 遺城

 

Old Body New Soul: Blue House in Wanchai

One of the most ambitious renewal projects, the Urban Renewal Council has repurposed the former Blue House “Tong Lau” into a new community for people who love to come together and preserve something that embodies the spirit of Hong Kong. Join tours if you want to and get to know more about this place! While you’re here, don’t forget to take photos or whip out your sketchbook!

 

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Location: Blue House

 

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Get Lost in Sham Shui Po

Exploring Kowloon? Head to Sham Shui Po to check out all the flea markets and shopping arcades. Don’t forget to haggle while you’re at it! Always bustling with people, overflowing with delicious street food, get ready to try everything you see here. Meanwhile, take out your pencil and paper to start sketching some of the most original areas in Hong Kong!

 

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Location: Ki Lung Street

 

Next Stop Ding-ding: North Point Chun Yeung Street

Head to Chun Yeung Street in North Point where Trams (a.k.a. Ding-Dings) come to a full stop. The tram terminus is usually bustling with people as it is actually nestled in the middle of one of the biggest wet markets in Hong Kong. Make your way through the crowd and capture one of the greenest transports in the world in its habitat.

 

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Location春秧街

 

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No Longer a Village: Ngau Chi Wan Market

Ngau Chi Wan was one of the last villages to go during the period of urbanisation, still crowded today, you will see an old temple perching silently in the corner, just a little more than a ghost to remind us of the past days. Photo or sketch away to capture and salvage what’s left of old Hong Kong areas.

 

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Location: Ngau Chi Wan Market

 

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If you’re interested in Elaine’s work, feel free to check out her Facebook, her next workshop is on the 13th May, 2019 at Ngau Chi Wan Market so stay tuned!