travel day. A long travel day.
An early morning flight from Krabi to
After an early breakfast at the hotel, we walked six blocks to the Park Hotel to meet a tour bus. We find it advantageous to take a city tour when visiting a city for the first time. It provides an overall view and allows us to get a bearing on locations or sights we would like to see on our own. The bus stopped along the way to pick up more tourists before making its first official stop at the fishing village of Aberdeen .
conjures up images of a small quaint group of houses on the banks of a bay
out in some forgotten part of the countryside with a small pier providing
moorage for a yet smaller number of fishing vessels.
This “fishing village” isn’t like that. This
floating village community in Hong Kong’s harbour is an original part of
It may have one time been a small “fishing village” as we might imagine from the words, but today the landscape is not of remote countryside but of towering apartment buildings and shiny glass office towers stretching skyward. Some might recognize the jumbo floating restaurant we passed which was a dominant setting for the tv mini-series Noble House. We took a sampan (a kind of junk) to get a close-up view of life on the water for this ancient fishing clan.
more basic than we would see on BC lakes) boast tvs, refrigerators and
washing machines but that seems to be where “up town living” stops.
Large fishing boats now go farther away from their floating homes
as the fish stocks around
Tourism is now Hong
Kong’s second largest industry next to textiles which still remain
number one (although most of the actual manufacturing is done in mainland
where cheap labour is plentiful).
|Rather than walking directly back to our hotel, we ventured off on our own walking tour.|
ride is a short one – about ten minutes.
Getting on and off is a new experience as waves cause the gang
plank to move in motion with the ferry while the dock stands still.
The ancient Chinese practice of feng shui (literally meaning “wind and water”) is the art of positioning objects and buildings in harmony to ensure good fortune. Its origins lay in a respect for the environment and a belief that cosmological influences strongly affect lives.
|Feng shui has played an important role in the building of
|Another example of feng shui on
are many “textures” to
|A few of these wide, usually busy streets were blocked off and groups of ladies were “camped out”. We first notice the gatherings when we sought out the post office. The post office was closed and we wondered if there were some kind of job action taking place (that was before we realized it was Sunday). We asked someone what was going on. “It’s Sunday,” they said, “This happens every Saturday night and Sunday.” Terry noted that they were virtually all women. Perhaps this was a day for women to let the husband’s take care of the kids at home while they got out of their small homes to visit friends. Some of the ladies were playing cards, some were sharing meals on picnic blankets, some were just quietly reading while others talked and laughed. At one spot a lady was on a microphone with a sign behind her that read, “Bring Back Minimum Wage”.|
the ferry terminal for our return trip back to
short distance away we saw more ladies “camping out” and when Sherrie
went to take a picture, one of the ladies stopped to pose.
We got to talking. Her
name is Lalaine. She is
Filipino. She came to
Lalaine’s father is dead but she supports her mother, and her two married sisters (she’s the third child in the family) and their families. She has a brother but we didn’t get the impression that she supported him nor that he was able to contribute support.
| Sunday is their
day off and they spend what part of Saturday night they can and all day
Sunday together on the streets of
little over the top for our tastes with lots of purple and white Christmas
trees adorned with gold, white, silver, green
and blue balls sitting on dark blue round platforms covered with”snow”
and cordoned off with gold posts hinged with red, white and blue; swags of
red velvet curtains, purple garlands, and fringes (about 2 feet or 60 cm
long) in gold and silver; down the centre hung numerous crystal
chandeliers with a gigantic one (of about 24 arms) in the centre; plus one
disco ball to give it that extra glitz.
Quite the spectacle!
cannot leave Hong Kong
without having an authentic Chinese dinner.
We looked for a restaurant that was busy with locals and had the English
speaking manager help us with our selections.
Tasty. A fitting end to
a day in
Our transfer from the hotel to the airport was scheduled for 12:30 pm even though our flight was not until 4:40.
We took the morning to walk around Kowloon some more (we would be a
long time sitting once we boarded the plane) and to make an impromptu
visit to John Lee of Tom Lee Music –
a international music company with numerous stores in Hong Kong, Vancouver
and soon into mainland China (John’s trip to China today was delayed or
we may have missed him). Tom is now eighty-four years old and has passed
on the company to the capable hands of his sons.
Terry met John when they were both at UBC.
John was a member of a small band and Terry (at that time just
starting up his first company Audio Tec), fixed some equipment for John.
They continued to know each other when Terry represented Fender
Guitars and Tom Lee Music was (and still is) a major retailer of Fender.
We even worked with John when we had Briar Patch Industries.
It was good to see them together again.
John kindly gave us a tour even though it meant disturbing his
Asia .... it was a great experience.