On our way back from the light show the night before, we had no trouble getting on the subway. One lady offered her eight or ten-year-old daughter’s seat for RJ. His wife had found a seat, but he and I hugged poles.
A pictorial on the wall notes illustrated one should give up a seat to the elderly, the disabled and pregnant women. RJ’s hair color was a dead giveaway. Mine is colored. Maybe that’s why he was offered the seat first. Since he refused, I was next in line. The woman persisted. I sat down.
At our stop, we passed a Seven Eleven (seems these are popular here) and thought we knew where we were until we passed another one. A young couple approached and gave directions in wonderful English.
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Breakfast hadn’t been half as nice as our previous morning in Macau at the Sheraton. We later surmised there were more restaurants in the 118-storey hotel; ours a lowly one with disappointing offerings.
Sue and I liked arriving early expecting everything will be fresh. We were the first of our group and misinterpreted the greeter’s actions when she purposely knocked over a couple folded and steepled serviettes. A strange look crossed her face when we sat, but she made no comment. Chinese people a row over kept staring at us. When more of our group arrived they were prompted to sit in another section where only Caucasians were seated. Oops. Was this a faux pas? Had we broken some rule by sitting in the ‘Chinese’ area?
- Dry croissant and bun with orange marmalade and strawberry jam
- A plateful of watermelon, cantaloupe and pineapple with whipped cream (yummy)
- One sausage and a hard-boiled egg
- 3 cups of coffee (quite good)
Our bus driver stopped around 9:30 a.m. for our 10-minute bathroom break and a walk around at a couple tourist shops in Golden Bauhinia Square. Notice the huge golden flower bauhinia.
Smoked pigs are offered on platters as a gift to Tin Hau who protects fishermen and ensures plentiful fish. The Goddess of the Sea Ceremony is like a grand opening of a cruise ship for the Chinese. More images here.
China Daily Asia official channel
- 272 outland islands
- Still keeps border separating from China
- Need visa to cross to China from Hong Kong
- Population over seven million
- 1980 nothing here but farmers
- Kept English names of streets and places
- Army no longer in Hong Kong / comes from China
- Police govern Hong Kong. Keep own laws
- Don’t need cars to live here
- Lots of taxies (red with gray roofs), buses, subways
- Cheap transportation
- Not much parking provided at work
- Lots of toll booths
We continued on to Longevity Beach at Repulse Bay. What were we supposed to do here? We couldn’t swim. A Seven Eleven beckoned across the road. No thanks.
Sue spied color and people in the distance, which looked like a festival. We decided to walk down to see what was happening and were startled by a handsome young local (25 – 30-ish), showering outdoors (yes in his bathing suit) slathering on soap as if he needed it. I hope he hadn’t noticed me blush. His English was quite good and he asked all the usual questions: where were we from, what were we doing there etc.
We continued on and happened upon Tin Hau Temple with hordes of people making offerings. (I know I had taken pictures there, but found none on my iPad.) Soon we had to return to the bus.
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Next on June 13th Hong Kong, Day 23 (cont’d.)
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