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Published: June 28th 2009
Hong Kong: Reasons to be Cheerful
A ride on the Star Ferry between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island
The skyline from the water
The cardboard cut out of Elvis in the breakfast room at the Anne Black Guest House
Kowloon Walled City Park
Short ferry trip to Macau
Chungking Mansions (only to look at, never to stay in)
Libraries, free facilities such as internet
The civic relics of colonialism: The YMCA, Salvation Army and churches! (No doubt Boy Scouts are active too!)
The Falun Gong demo outside Kowloon Station: freedom of speech
The rule of law
Nostalgia: red fire hydrants, post boxes painted green but with the Queen's insignia still visible, the Kowloon cricket club
Polite, friendly service,
Cantonese food!!! Dim sum!
The way they say "la" at the end of every sentence...
The Night Market, the Ladies Market
The Hong Kong Museum of History: What a treat! This starts 400 million years ago with Hong Kong's geological devleopment so we can get away from the Opium Wars for a change!
"Love is a many splendored thing" and "The
Romance lives on...
World of Suzy Wong" with William Holden
The view from Victoria Peak
Toast and condensed milk, luncheon meat and Ovaltine
Scrambled egg sandwiches with a twist, Ribena and Horlciks
The films of Wong Kar Wei
The clack of mahjong tiles in fishing villages
The beach at Repulse Bay
Old men playing music from the 50s
The ferry ride to Cheung Chau and hiking round the island. The dilapidated 70's hotel on the beach in a time warp.
The fact that the Cultural Revolution never got there
The Mid-Levels escalator: the longest covered escalator ride in the world!
Driving on the left; the whirring signal at pedestrian crossings
The signs of British efficiency that don't exist in Britain
Superb Cantonses place names like "Shek O" and "Sha Tin"
Wonderful Cantonese company names viewed from the top deck of a tram, such as:
"Wing Fat: Furniture and Curtains"
"King Tak: Porcelain"
"Wah Loong: Metals and building"
The Luk yu tea house
As you can see, I liked it just a bit...
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