Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hong Kong: the world is my book

(Images by Ames and Tash)

The Hong Kong Central Library overlooks Victoria Park and is twelve stories high. There are eight floors of reading rooms open to the public - including a newspaper browsing room and a space for children. Bibliophiles will enjoy browsing the collections in the open access areas and public library regulars will no doubt enjoy the silence!
There is wide range of material on offer for English speakers and the collection is catalogued using the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Octopus cards can be used for copying and there is a lovely little coffee shop on the ground floor. Be advised that photography is not permitted inside the building and that the closed access stack area on level seven is restricted access.

(Images by Ames and Tash)

Following our visit to the library, we journeyed through the streets on foot then used our Octopus cards to make our way to Times Square by double decker tram. Public transport in Hong Kong is quick, clean, cheap and easy to use. The trams are a great way to feel part of the city as the traffic, hustle and bustle surround you. The best seats in the house are in front up top - just be ready to make a quick exit or you might miss your stop!

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