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Hong Kong: 7 in 7

March 23, 2010

in Other Travel

After a 15-hour flight, I step into the glass and light of Hong Kong airport,  spontaneously deciding to venture into the city for the first time. What can you do with 7 hours in Hong Kong? Plenty.

1. Join forty women in the park doing early morning dance-taichi-exercise and glide through slow-motion synchronicity set to classical Chinese music.

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Downtown Hong Kong, through a haze of pollution.

2. Gawk at the impressive aviary collection (despite an aversion to captive animals): Helmeted currasow, Amazonian parrots, Macaws, Cockatoos, pheasants, Nigora pigeons, and a stunning pair of aptly named Rhinocerous Hornbills. What IS the purpose of that unwieldy protrusion???

3. Spend $4 to buy succulent buns, dumplings, and rolls of dim sum; spend $4 to buy a glistening pile of roast duck meat over rice, and spend $4 for merely a coffee (not even a latte, just plain coffee!).

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Streets of Kowloon

4. Wander along the waterfront, to watch ferries cross in front of sleek skyscrapers with the mountains in backdrop.

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Smoky serene Buddhist temples with hanging incense coils

5. Enter Buddhist temples filled with the smoke of 2-foot incense coils hanging from the ceiling.

6. Shop. Of course. At the street markets, I bought an afro wig (which I actually do need) and a fabulous scarf (which I only needed after I fell in love with it).

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No lying on benches in the park! (among other prohibitions)

7. Straddle the line between pleasure and pain through 45 min of foot reflexology.

A day’s escapades…and I’m on to Nepal, where the work begins!

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Topiary maze in the heart of the park

{ 2 comments }

Roland Smart March 24, 2010 at 7:40 pm

You’re a rockstar. Well done. Love the photos as well.

Pierre Khawand March 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm

These are awesome photos! as usual, looking at them and reading your reflections is like traveling vicariously with you :)
Looking forward to catching up in SF.

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