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04/28/06

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Hong Kong

I went to Hong Kong with my daughter Louise in 1992.  Hong Kong is a thriving and exciting city.  At that time it was part of the British empire, but is now owned by China.   There are two main parts of Hong Hong - Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.  The Star Ferry runs between the two, and the efficient subway trains run underneath the harbor.   The Hong Kong airport near the harbor used to be an exciting place to land - your jumbo jet would make a turn at the last moment, and you would see into people's apartments!  Nowadays they have built a big modern airport on Lantau island, some way away from the city.

   

There are many good British restaurants in Hong Kong.  Our favorite is 'Mad Dogs', seen here with Lu, and with Sidney in 1993.  Our first trip overseas!

There are open-air fish markets where they sell snakes, wriggly eels, and cut up live frogs!  In Mongkok there is a well-known bird market on Hong Lok Street.  Hong Hong people take their caged birds to the market to meet other birds!   Nowadays, because of Asian bird flu, it's best to stay away from bird markets.

  • Sidney and I have been back to Hong Kong several times - we love tea at the Peninsula hotel, the Star ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, the tram to the Peak, Stanley Market, riding the subway trains, shopping on Nathan Road, the outdoor escalator to the mid levels.  

  • Don Burnell and I were once thrown out of the Captain's Bar in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Hong Kong island, because I was wearing tennis shoes.  (OK, I was politely asked to leave!)

  • Why did the British give away Hong Kong but keep Northern Ireland?  It makes no sense.

 

 

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