Sue and I headed for the bus parked almost in front of a Seven-Eleven Variety Store. We decided, as did the rest of our group, to buy water. A cashier managed to keep up with the brisk business, while another worker (or owner) kept an eye on the crowd. The store appeared to stock anything you can imagine.
Soon, almost everyone took his or her seat but someone was still missing. Hurry up and wait as the saying goes. We did wait. And wait. And wait. No explanations were given, at least not to the English Group 8. Finally, the French crowd cheered and the last couple hopped on, to loud and boisterous guffaws. The story: the husband, goofing around—whether on purpose or by accident—sent his wife into the water and of course, she was soaked through. The bus couldn’t turn back to the hotel just for her. Would you believe she bought pants and a top at the Seven-Eleven? I have no idea where she changed.
Next stop: Stanley Market. I managed to go through the paces once we were dropped off into scorching temperatures and no trees. Jewelry kiosks were plentiful, but the earrings I found weren’t to my liking. Why did dollar stores in Canada carry such fabulous ’Made in China’ earrings, but after I’d traveled all this way found nothing to compare? I did buy one pair for a souvenir, but they cost too much—five times more than in Canada—and the chandelier type already out of fashion at home.
Some tourists avoided shopping by visiting the Stanley Waterfront. I wish I had known about it as I expect it might have been cooler by the water.
Up an incline we trudged squeezing into the shade of anything available until the tour guide appeared to take us to the bus.
- Japanese occupied Hong Kong in 1940s
- A city with lots of convenient washrooms
- Cross Harbor Tunnel opened in 1972
- Cranes and constructions everywhere
- 12 days a year paid holidays
- financial district in central area
- Education free from age 6 to 18
- Lots of private schools for ages 6 to 15, but expensive
- Great public facilities for young people: swimming
- Cinemas available but people prefer big TV screens at home
- One child per couple not applicable in Hong Kong
- Writing is the same in Cantonese and Chinese but sound different
- Taoism not a religion but a way of life
- Population 7.2 million
- Total land area 1100 square km. (426 square miles)
- Lots of tunnels
- Hong Kong means Fragrant Harbour
- Pearl of the Orient
- Visas available for visitors who come just to shop
- No tax in Hong Kong
Only a small group signed up for a boat ride to Aberdeen, an old-fashioned fishing village, which still exists in the midst of modern high rises. Tired, thoughts of home hovered in the back of my mind and I looked forward to going home. I didn’t join in, but caught up with a group and walked around the town. At one point the ladies needed the Happy House and took the chance to beg relief at a fancy hotel on our way. Later, we passed a grocery store where I bought a bottle of (Dynasty or maybe Great Wall) wine for 49 Hong Kong dollars (around $8.00).
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