As you may know, we at Walk the Talk have many stories about the heritage, architecture and identity of Hong Kong and Macau (and a number of other places besides). You can hear many of those stories on our existing audio-guided mobile phone walks (like those in museums) of Tsim Sha Tsui and Central available in English language bookstores such as Bookazine, Kelly & Walsh, HK Book Centre, Swindon's and select Dymocks bookstores, as well as the Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Centres. Packs without SIM cards (for locals) sell for HK$88 (Free audio samples are available from our corporate website, Mobile Adventures). Packs with SIMs (for visitors) sell for HK$150. For Macau, it's even easier - just print out a map from our website and you can listen to fascinating stories about Macau's past in its historic centre for free (except for airtime charges) - the only catch is that you have to be on the CTM network, either roaming or with a CTM prepaid SIM card.
We believe that many heritage sites and architectural monuments (whether old or new) have fascinating stories behind them that are not being told. Our service invests these sites with interesting tales that will enjoin place and memory in a completely new way, using a gadget all of us now carry in our pockets. But we realize many of you haven't had the time (yet!) to check out our self-guided walking tours via mobile phone. That's why we use this blog to provide interesting tales of Hong Kong and Macau to hopefully inspire people and make them realize what a fascinating history these two cities of the South China Coast have, and how much of that history, in terms of institutional (as opposed to architectural) continuity, can still be perceived today.
So far we've featured stories we thought you'd enjoy. But now we'd like to make it your turn! Please let us know what sort of stories you'd like to know more about, which buildings, whether old or new, have intrigued you, and which street names have left you with unanswered questions. We're in the business of reviving lost memories, so put us to work! You can either leave a comment on this post or just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try to answer as many of your queries as possible...
Friday, July 22, 2005
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I don't know about anyone else, but I'm sure certain viewers would be enthralled by a grand narrative of the history of Wanchai. :)
the history behind some of the more obscure street names...I tried to do some research myself but couldn't really find anything...
I am enjoying all of your stories to date. I have not spent a lot of time in HK, spending much more time just across the border in Shenzhen, specifically in the Luohu district, where my wife and I have (waht is now) a home away from home...any interesting "border incidents" between The Territories and the PRC are interesting to me...history of HK / SZ interactions interest me as well. I personally find the stark difference in "sense of place" between HK and SZ interesting. Keep up the good work!! I am hoping to spend more time in HK one of these days soon.
Oh. Transportation systems history is always (if not geeky) cool. The KCR comes to mind...I find myself wondering if I will ever get to ride the KCR to SZ and not have the train stop at a wall, thus having to get off and walk a ridiculous distance usually with a bunch of suitcases...anyways...your site makes me wax nostalgic as I sit here in Portland wishing I was "there"...
Thanks for your suggestions! I'll try to incorporate them all over the next couple of weeks...
Since I've only been to HK once, but fell in love with the city. Maybe you could talk about the landmark skyline and the famous buildings that make it so interesting.
Pls. tell me the story of Des Voux Road C. Hong Kong
What happen to the big family??
OH BOEN HOUW (Tiger Balm) head of the family.
also find out about Tiger Balm Jr.
Prof. Dr. Johnson Lo JP IV
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Stefan & Dave:
I'm looking for a company there in Hong Kong. The name of the company is IFC PACIFIC RIM the President then is Michael Sera. We have an office at the Playboy Bldg. overlooking the bay. we have the entire floor. I'm a Board of Dir. of this Singapore reg. Jap. capitalization bu. Larry G. Madrigal - e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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