June June 30 - July 2, 1996
From Singapore, we had to decide where to spend the weekend. We discussed
going to Bali for the beaches, India for the Taj Mahal and Bangkok because
it sounded cool but opted for Hong Kong since it may be very different very
soon. We were there exactly one year before Hong Kong changes hands from
the British to the Chinese.
Hong Kong was in a word - foreign. It reminded me (Seth) of the city shots
in the Bladerunner movie. Things are packed together and there is more neon
per square block than Vegas. It was also HOT. Old and new were packed in
together on top of one another and the city was as busy as Manhattan at
Hong Kong - A truly foreign land
The waterfront at night in Hong Kong is beautiful. We had gone to see a
mediocre David Copperfield show (Penn and Teller were better) and then walked
back along the bay to Tsim Tsa Tsui where our hotel was. Hong Kong island
is shown behind me.
Tara eating one of the few things we felt safe eating- watermelon. This
was at a street market where you could choose your chicken to take home
or be slaughtered there.
Tailors were cheap and competitive. We gave in and got 2 good white shirts
tailor made for about 50 USD.
Hong Kong at night. The last night we had a very nice dinner above it all
at Victoria Peak. Overall a wonderful weekend away, but also made us appreciate
To go to the Hong Kong Tourist Association Web Site: Wonder