Hong Kong was pretty easy to get around. Considering the traffic reminded me of the metropolitan areas in the US, I didn’t find it that bad.

Looks a bit familiar to the city dweller!

Looks a bit familiar to the city dweller

I observed some things about getting around that would ease the average American.

 

One, the street signs in the city areas were in English.

 

(If you speak Cantonese, you’re in luck. If you speak Mandarin Chinese like me, it’s still not as convenient as being able to speak Cantonese.)

 

Two, the subway is great! I think the subway card was called the Octopus card and displayed an animated/cartoon octopus. How adorable is that? Wish I had gotten a picture.

 

Hong Kong definitely has an urban feel to it. The view from the Four Seasons hotel:

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As for shopping in HK in multi-level department stores, like SOGO…I got a little dizzy trying to get out.

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I thought these little umbrellas were really cute…hktokyo 027

 

And your usual skyscraper

 

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And they have even more in this rather little city:

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Maybe you’re thinking, so what? Your glorious view of Hong Kong is just concrete and more concrete??

No.

The spirituality of the people doesn’t lie in its overcrowded streets. Later on in the trip, we embarked on a lift to the top of a mountain. Powered by these interesting gears, the
lift carried us up and up and up…

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Past all the majestic forestry and greenery below (pardon the fog and overcast)

 

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To a  village in the mountains, Ngong Ping Village:

 

And there was this large open space with a stone-like fence forming a circle.

This calls for silly poses!

And suddenly I look behind my friend who’s taking the picture and I see a HUGE flight of stairs to climb

 

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And I’m like. No. It is. too. darn. hot. And if you know me, I can’t do hot. I just. can’t. Extreme cold? Probably. Hot? No. I’m like a heat conductor. I feel the heat as if it was 2x as hot.

But I didn’t pack my bags to be quitter, right?

Challenge accepted!

But did I make it?

There’s a story behind me and stairs. I don’t really get along with stairs. Once upon a time, I slipped and fell on the stairs and fell right on my tail bone. It broke. It was the most pain I have ever felt in my life. Experiencing excruciating pain on your spinal chord, which is used for almost every movement you make in your life, was unreal. It took a few months to fully recover and for me to feel normal again.

So, did I make it? Was I able to eat the amazing food in Hong Kong afterwards?

I’ll talk about it in my next post.