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June 28th 2009
Published: June 28th 2009
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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

No spitting

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
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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

Bruce Lee

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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Cathedral facade: all that was left from the fire


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