20 november Tsim Shai Tsui (HONG KONG)

Today we visit museums all day long!
Nick, studying the Lonely Planet, finds out that every Wednesday it's "free admission" day and so all the museums are free!


We start with the "history" one. We follow the entire history of Hong Kong from prehistory to the present days. It's been especially interesting to see all the geo-political changes of the last 100 years, ever since, from Chinese territory fell under British rule then in 1997 return to China. In particular, it was moving and touching the video about the passage of protectorate from England to China with a lowered flag with the anthem: "God save the Queen" in the presence of Prince Charles until the Chinese raising flag applauded triumphantly...


On that occasion, the British governor had to wrap up his flag, his pride and return to homeland...
No use the request by Margaret Thatcher, a few years before, visiting Beijing to extend for 50 more years the protectorate on that financial paradise... dry reply: "My army is ready on the boundaries for the invasion..."
Proposal clearly rejected!

From history we move on... Science fun games with mirrors, even if addressed, perhaps to a younger audience, in fact there were so many schools visiting...

Touch and go to the biggest mosque in the country (disappointing) and short visit, secretly, inside the dreary Chung King Mansion, a huge building (Soviet style), worthy of the most frightening horror film, where even the Chinese themselves avoid to enter, in fact, in addition to countless tunnels, labyrinthic passages, there were only blacks (African, first seen so far) Arabs and Muslims...
There are many legends about this place, we reach only the first two floors (very frightened) and each of which is a world apart with many shops, garbage everywhere, shady groups that chat suspectly... We don't want to challenge the fate too much and a few later we escape away...

We continue with a visit to the "Art Museum" where we enjoy the various performances and exhibitions of the wonderful and millenary Chinese art... This charming world, so far away from us, in every sense...

We finish our tour at the "Space Museum." There we try the simulated thrill of a walk on the Moon in a room where all the bodies weigh are a sixth of the weight as it happens on the Moon!

To conclude: spectacle of lights and sounds on the seafront. Here all the skyscrapers are illuminated, creating a beautiful play of lights and sounds for all the admired tourists!

 

 

21 november Lantau Island (HONG KONG)

 

Today, by tram, we climb to the highest point of Hong Kong: Victoria's Peak!


What a spectacular view, all those skyscrapers stand toward the sky... It seems the back of a porcupine...

After a long journey between trams, subways, road and chairlift, we reach the majestic Tian Tan Buddha, the largest statue of Siddartha in the world...



"The Book of the Dead is actually a guide for the living, because it teaches how the last thoughts of a man leads the quality of his reincarnation. So, every moment of life should be lived as if it was the last. "

- Bardo Thodol - (The Tibetan Book of the Dead)

 

22 november New Territories (HONG KONG)

 

We get back to the "Sik Sik Yeun Wong Tai Sin" Temple, (the one of the numbered sticks), the guide says that, here, they pray more for material things... I understand it.... We, used to have everything we like, we pray for abstract things: happiness, health and so on. Maybe here they will be more satisfied with something material, something that brings a more immediate joy...

We relax a little in Nan Lian Garden, we need a bit of "nothing" after all these days without stopping immersed in the frenetic chaos of the city...

This garden, not even listed in our Lonely Planet, is too artificial, reflects in a way this Country...
But at least it is green and it's good to breathe some fresh air after all these days of smog... even if at the beginning we fooled all the people we met who used the masks on the mouth... they were not wrong at all...

Poor lungs, intoxicated by the smog of the cars...

We enjoy the last rays of sun thinking about the frost we will encounter in a few days in Italy...

But we still have some time to visit the Monastery of Buddhist nuns...


Stunning! Apart from the atmosphere, there was an incredible peace everywhere, it gave me the impression to be in Tibet... Too bad for the skyscrapers around us...

However, the background was breathtaking: huge bonsai everywhere, large water tanks with lotus blossoms floating and giants fishes swimming in calm, the various statues of Buddha, the scent of incense everywhere...

Peace...

 

 

23 november Kowloon (HONG KONG)

Strolling along the hellish Sai Yeung Choi Street South we meet a group of girls who was wearing Tshirts marked: "Aeronautica Militare", intrigued, we go to know them...
It was the Italian national women's figure skating returning from Taiwan where they participated and won the world championships! Wow.
Too bad for our embarrassing question: "Sorry, who are you?"

Tonight we have had a lot of fun in a kind of bar where people, of all ages, were performing singing Chinese songs in tune...

My headache had risen to the stars...

 

 

24 november Lantau Island (HONG KONG)

We go back home after another great adventure, another brick pulled on our travels and our friendship.


Special thanks to Nick, to his studies on the Country that has hosted us!


I miss Hong Kong, my carelessness, the courtesy of those sweet Chinese, their immense respect, their air of eternal frightened... These Chinese that now I begin to love and respect even more...

We are at the International Airport of Hong Kong...

We will have to face several hours of flight, including a change in the night in Qatar, before returning in our cold Italy...

 

 

25 november Doha (QATAR)

We are in the silent capital of Qatar.
It's almost midnight...

We have just landed after almost nine long hours of flight...

In a couple of hours we are going to take off again and this time for seven more hours...

This journey is going to end but my mind, my fantasy and imagination, as usual, already flies to new horizons, new projects and new journeys...

 

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