Sunday, March 1, 2009

China, Macau, and Hong Kong Pt3

We had originally planned to stay three nights in Macau but we were ready to go after two. Next stop: Hong Kong. While Macau felt like China with a Portugese past, Hong Kong felt more international, still Chinese but actively multicultural.

We met up with Andrea's friends, Ben and Kathryn, who stopped in Hong Kong on their way to Guangzhou where they will be teaching English. Interestingly, the school they were going to be working at teaches the Canadian curiculum. It was great to be able to hang out with someone else for a while but our mini-muster was a short stampede before they had to head back to Hong Kong airport to catch their onward flight.

Hong Kong is pretty hilly and it made me wonder how many people are injured each year in failing to negotiate steep streets. This alleyway continued up the hill behind us and stretched down the hill in front of us becoming lost in a blurry indistinctness.

We went on one of the walks suggested in the free walking tours brochure we picked up from the tourist centre. This one took us to several areas where concentrations of businesses selling the same thing created small districts specialising in particular goods. We passed through the flower district, the bird district, and the fish district. The fish in these fish shops were already bagged up and hung outside the shops on display, creating quite a cool effect. I suppose that their water gets changed every now and then so that they don't die of asphyxiation.

These photos are similar but significantly different. Both of these photos show the view across the Tathong Channel from the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence at Shau Kei Wan. It was a great museum and a beautiful day to be outdoors. The photo above just shows the busy harbour area. The photo below describes the contrast between the traditional fishing village and the more recent development just around the corner. I couldn't help but wonder what the locals in the fishing village thought of their high-rise neighbours.

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