A Day in the Life of Hong Kong

For our last day in Hong Kong we scheduled a shore excursion to see a number of sites in Kowloon. Our cultural tour allowed us to experience some everyday sites and areas of the city not visited by Americans with regularity.

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Our first stop was a Taoist temple. The number of buses in the parking lot was a surprise, and our guide explained that all of the tourists were from Mainland China, except us. We entered the Wong Tai Sin Temple and observed residents burning incense, presenting food donations, praying and making wishes. According to legend, Wong Tai Sin is able to ‘make every wish come true upon request.’ This temple is one of the most popular temples in Hong Kong. There were several beautiful and ornate temples in the complex with lots of steps and nice landscaping against the backdrop of high-rise apartment houses hemming in the square.

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Our second stop was The Walled City Park, which opened in 1995, after being almost completely reconstructed, and sits on the site of the former Kowloon Walled City. During the Japanese Occupation between 194l-45, Japanese soldiers tore down the wall to provide materials for laying the foundation of the Kai Tak Airfield.

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The post-war years saw high-rise tenements built over the Walled City. Built without government supervision, the living conditions deteriorated as the days went by. The Walled City had literally sunk into a hotbed of vice. In 1987 the governments of China and Hong Kong agreed on the demolition of the Walled City for re-development into a park.

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Although land for development is at a premium in the city, this park is a beautiful, secluded and a peaceful retreat apart from the traffic, noise and congestion throughout the surrounding the city.

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Barb was aware of the Hong Kong Museum of History, but had not mentioned it to Mary Jane, as she dislikes “museums.” When Mary Jane exited the building after an hour saying, “I wish we could have stayed longer, I really enjoyed that,” Barb was speechless. Barb had enjoyed her visit there, but we had separated almost immediately after entering the facility. One could easily spend four hours in this outstanding modern facility.

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The Hong Kong Story is a permanent exhibition to preserve and promote the historical and cultural heritage of Hong Kong. For years the museum staff collected, preserved, and researched the history and development of Hong Kong. Occupying an area of 7,000 square meters the “story” is told through eight galleries on four levels, through the display of over 4,000 exhibits with the use of 750 graphic panels, many dioramas, and multi media programs and supported by special audio-visual and lighting effects.

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The exhibits cover 400 million years of Hong Kong’s historical and cultural journey. The major exhibit areas include: The Natural Environment, Prehistoric Hong Kong, The Dynasties from the Han to the Qing, Folk Culture in Hong Kong, The Opium Wars and the Cession of Hong Kong, Birth and Growth of the City, The Japanese Occupation, Modern Metropolis and the Return to China.

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SEVEN SISTERS FESTIVAL

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SEVEN SISTERS FESTIVAL GARMENTS

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After our shore excursion, rather than returning to the ship for lunch, we tackled the huge shopping center that incorporated the cruise ship terminal and spread out over three floors and five buildings. We had a map and a list of stores we wanted to visit and items we were looking for. How we got everything done and returned to the ship in a little over an hour is unbelievable. We had fifteen minutes to spare when we checked in with security. We had missed lunch so we went to the dining room for High Tea. We were the first people in the dining room and the last two to leave as we relaxed, drank tea, ate goodies, and chatted. Chalk up another busy day for the two of us.

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