16 november Mong Kok (HONG KONG)

 

One thing that strucks me a lot of these Chinese is their extreme generosity, respect and politeness. When you ask an information, they almost feel in debt to help you, and if they can not manage, they get mortified, they are so sweet!

Many times it happens to us to open a map along the road and someone stops asking: "Can I help you?"

Today, along the Sai Yeung Choi Street South, we have met a group of nice guys who were selling T-Shirts self made, with very characteristics phrases in Chinese... We have had a lot of fun, joking and laughing with them!


Now, after the experience of Camden Town, every time I see street vendors, I deal with them in a totally different way than I used to do before, with much more respect, basically, for one day, once I have been one of them!

 

 

17 november Mong Kok (HONG KONG)

Here are so many shopping centers! Sometimes there are only small harbour or escalators where you see only the beginning... Once inside: another world opens its gates! Mazes bring you in hives of shops and all share the same temperature: ARCTIC!


Wandering around, we stop in one of the thousands video games room! What a mess! Many people, of all ages, even elderly, totally absorbed, almost drugged by videogames, surrounded by clouds of cigarettes smoke (here you can smoke in many places) and stunned by deafening music!


It has been weird to us, however, seeing, in the late evening, around one a.m., inside an internet point, many people sleeping, in front of their computer, some even wrapped in the blankets... absurd!


Now I understand why when we meet them on the street they always seems to have their head in the clouds ...

 

18 november Macau (MACAU)

We are on the ferry on the way back to Hong Kong...

This trip is giving me the right recharge, I needed it, I needed to breathe fresh air, meet new people, make new adventures...
I have heard many times: "I made this trip because I wanted to find myself", and I did not understand what they meant, it seemed to me one of those phrases that do not want to mean anything. Now I understand!

This morning, after breakfast, on the 19th floor of our hotel in Shanghai Street, we direct to the pier to embark to the island of Macau ...

We arrive at 9.15 am and insist to take the ferry of 9.30... In the end we hijack on the one of 10.30 and in the meantime we make a leap from the post office not far from the port, with directions written in both English and Chinese, these last one really useful, almost like a laissez-passer, we had only to show that people pointed us the right path without making us waste more time ...
In the end we reach the pier a quarter of an hour before departure... We don't imagine that taking a ferry here, has the same rules of boarding a plane...

There are many bureaucratic formalities, lines everywhere, visas to fill, we almost miss it again... We are the last to embark... Just on time!

On board I begin chatting with two girls, who discover to be mother and daughter, even if they seemed sisters: Isabelle and Charlotte from Singapore. In the end we end to spend the whole day with them...

 

The hour of crossing passes quickly and immediately strikes me the bilingualism that still exists here. Chinese and Portuguese! Although, as Nick notes, the Chinese, as an ivy are covering all that remains of the Portuguese past and happen to see old colonial balconies completely inundated with Chinese signs..

During the crossing I imagined the navigators of the kingdom of Portugal that 500 years ago landed her... Who knows what they found... Chinese culture is truly fascinating...

After the various customs formalities we head immediately to Fisherman Wharf, a disappointing and small amusement park, very fake... Surrounded by majestic buildings that hosted many casinos, Macau is mainly famous for gambling!

In taxi we proceed to Largo do Senado, the main square and we start walking along the many lanes of the old city center... There are, as in Hong Kong crabs sellers and bird nests (good for the skin), deer horn, the lacquered ducks etc.

The facade of the church of Saint Paul is very characteristic, considered as the most beautiful Christian monument in Asia, although only a facade remains...

 

We reach the Temple of A-Ma by bus, an ancient place of prayer of the 17th century... On top of which, as Polonnaruwa, there were many colourful cards with prayers written...

[Isabelle Lee from Singapore, Singapore]: "You guys were so interesting and funny which made the trip more lively. It was so great meeting you!"

Back to Hong Kong we decide to have dinner at a restaurant with specialties of Macau and I taste some baby roast pigeon, who cares of SARS....

19 november Wan Chai (HONG KONG)

Sitting along the cliff on the South Chinese Sea, I rest after a day at Ocean Park's where my stomach has been tested after the American breakfast with bacon & eggs and Chinese spring rolls, the bad road on the bus to get here... However we have had fun like two kids!


We have seen the panda in the park... they were enjoying crunch of twigs! Exciting! They were so tender!

We are now at Stanley Road, an area known for markets but full of tourists...

We visit the famous Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, the Hang Seng, so often heard from the news...

About money, let's remember that, although very small, Hong Kong has three ticks of State and each of which prints completely different coins, but, of course legal everywhere! Actually I haven't understood the reason but imagine how much money circulate here....

In the late afternoon I stop in Wan Chai for a walk and enter an alley I suddenly found in a large and very characteristic market for fish, then in the one of vegetables, and in the flesh one...

We reach by bus Tsim Shai Tsui and conclude the evening with a dinner in a typical Chinese restaurant, chop stick in hand and bowls of noodles with shrimps...

 

 

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