Day 28–Mon., Oct. 24, 2011–Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region People’s Republic of China

     At 6:45 am I heard Barbara’s commentary on the outside decks, so I decided to go to the Crow’s Nest for a look.  Another beautiful day, although a little hazy.  Hong Kong, officially Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, consists of a mainland on the country’s southeastern coast and about 235 islands.  It is bordered on the north by Guandong Province and on the east, west and south by the South China Sea.  Hong Kong was a British dependency from the 1840’s until July 1, 1997, when it passed to Chinese sovereignty as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  When Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, it had existed as a British colony for 156 years.  Stand amid the forest of skyscrapers in Central and try to imagine the ‘barren island with hardly a house upon it’ that British naval officers surveyed as they hoisted the Union Jack over the empire’s newest addition in 1841.

     After breakfast, we went to Wii in the Crow’s Nest.  Ray came in first for the men in shuffle puck bowling.  The games we want to get are Rec Room Games and Game Party 3.  Ray watched a bit of the World Series game 4 before we went ashore.  We went over near the Ferry Bldg. and we decided to see how much it would cost for a jacket for Ray.  Everyone had hawkers on the street.  We had a card for Star Tailors from someone on the ship and we went looking for his shop.  We found it, but he had moved.  The new owner, a tailor, told us he was on the 7th floor.  We found him and Ray bought a jacket.  We walked around and shopped and then went back for a fitting a few hours later.  We were so tired, we saw no benches on the street or in the malls to sit on.  Back to the ship for lunch and a rest.  I finished another book, I think my fourth.  We had dinner in the Canaletto again and then tried to get on the Internet for free.  We even went in the terminal and could not connect.

Hong Kong at night 

At 8 pm the light show in the harbor began and at 9:30 there was a Hong Kong Cultural Arts Show.

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“Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.”  ~  Jacob Bronowski

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