Wednesday, January 16, 2008

We arrive in Hong Kong!

We arrived in Hong Kong. The cruise has flown by so quickly it's difficult to believe it's over.
Hong Kong is like NYC but moreso. A small place with 7.5 millon people, not counting visitors. We took a short tour of Kowloon, first stop was the 'happy house ' or toilet at the Jade Market and food market. Unfortunately Rick was not happy when he saw the squatty potty. We saw an amazing huge Buddhist temple and people bringing offerings and asking for wishes. It was quite fascinating; some even brought whole roasted pigs and placed them on a paper (to keep it clean) prayed and then took the meat home for the family. We visited a Nunnery that was a beautiful wooden structure, built with no nails. Beautiful bonsai and topiary and ponds with water lillies.
They dropped us off and we grabbed a taxi to our hotel.

So far we have enjoyed the Holiday Inn- (great two person shower, brilliant design) free internet and comfortable bed. We were feeling a bit tired of all the fancy food so we had some plain pasta and walked around the neighbourhood. Even at 10 pm it was hopping.We went to a mall that is 25 stories high, and had a dim sum breakfast with congee and a really good steamed pork bun.
Today we are going to try to see Stanley Park and Market and maybe have some seafood. Here in contrast to the rest of our trip, there are mostly cars not motorbikes.

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