|I found a cool place where you could take|
your picture with drawing that looked
3-D. Unfortunately, I didn't
have anyone to take my photo so
I got a couple of the posed photos
that you had to pay for. I'm actually
in part of a fake tram...
|Hong Kong Island has these really narrow|
trams often called ding dings because of the
sound of the bell.
|Here comes the tram|
|The tram logo|
|Me on the tram|
While I was in Hong Kong I did most of the usual things - I took the tram up to the Peak, took a cruise through Victoria Harbour and so forth. There were two main highlights for me: a guided tour of the Hong Kong history museum and catching a Lion and Dragon Dance. The Hong Kong history museum had free tours. It was really nice. We had a tour guide who took us throughout the museum not only telling us about the history of Hong Kong, but also sharing his personal family experiences as they related to the history. The Lion and Dragon Dance was also really cool. This is a quintessential Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebration that I happened to wander across (I actually had to do quite a bit of waiting, but it was pretty cool). One thing that was unusual was that the dance I saw had purple lions in addition to the traditional yellow and red ones.
Finally, the last thing I did was also kind of interesting - I took public transportation to the China -China border at Shenzhen and crossed into the mainland on foot. I then took Shenzhen public transit to the high-speed railway station and returned to Beijing via high-speeded train (about 10 hours as opposed to 24 hours from Hong Kong by non-high speed train).
|The view from the top of the peak|
|Another picture from the top|
|Me at the top - the headphones are because I|
am listening to an audio tour.
|A woman asked me to take her family's photo so|
I asked her to take a photo of me.
|This was a display in the mall at the top of the peak. These|
are all candles.
|The purple lions|
|Go lions, go!|
|A night view of Victoria Harbour|
|I took the ding ding all the way to the other end. There I ran|
across a fun market. These are common on the mainland
|The midlands escalator. It's a series of escalators that take people up|
the hill in the central part of Hong Kong Island.
|Approaching the intra-China border|