My latest walking tour will not show you a place in Hong Kong, but rather a time of day. I've done this before with my dusk tour, and I'm interested in continuing to explore new aspects of the city. If you visit the walking tour page, you will find 25 other tours of locations in Hong Kong. This tour will show you what one of the busiest corners of the city is like early in the morning.
I have to leave for work at 6:45 am, when the sky is lightening but the sun isn't out yet.
The street beneath my window, which was full of taxis the night before, is empty.
The floor of the elevator is still wet from being mopped (the building's amah has to go to work earlier than me).
A few other people outside are already hard at work.
The morning pita bread delivery waits outside the Lebanese restaurant.
The lights and shadows are different early in the morning...
...and the streets are quiet.
Most of the shops are still closed.
A few early risers go about their business with me.
Normally busy locations like Pottinger Street are still.
It's that strange time of day when the neon lights have been turned off, but the sunlight hasn't reached between the buildings yet.
The Tsui Wah Restaurant is always open and busy with breakfasters and subdued all-night partiers.
Those partiers have cleared out of Lan Kwai Fong by this time.
I like having the streets almost to myself in the morning.
I don't have to squeeze between huge crowds to cross Queen's Road.
The sky is getting brighter. It looks like it'll be a blue-sky day.
The free papers are stacked and ready for the commuters.
The mannequins are getting dressed and ready for the day.
I pass shuttered locksmiths, vendors and shoemakers.
I get one last glimpse of the growing sunlight before heading into the MTR.
It's the emptiest it will be all day and I get to enjoy the quiet ride.