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Hong Kong Reflections

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When a vibrant and bustling Hong Kong was handed back to China exactly 15 years ago everyone in the West worried that the ex-British colony would quickly lose its shine under communist rule. But nothing could be further from the truth. The world still comes here to shop, and there’s no shortage of upmarket global stores willing to help that happen. But the continual rise in the value of the Hong Kong dollar, and the huge numbers of mainland Chinese pouring in with cash in their pockets, means that prices have soared. Expensive skyscrapers are being jammed into every nook and cranny so the best way to see one is to look at its reflection in another…
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We only have three days in Hong Kong so we sprung for this glitzy waterfront hotelP1180147.jpg ...especially as they offered a great pre-paid promo rate.

However, some things haven’t changed in Hong Kong. The Star ferries that trundle back and forth across the harbour still offer a cheap view of Hong Kong’s famous skyscrapers…
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… and the iconic trams that have been running since 1904 still rattle around the island’s crystal canyons for about 25 cents a ride…
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Antique trams can even be rented for parties or weddings.
Everywhere we have been, from St. Petersburg to Moscow and Mongolia, and now Hong Kong, we have been beset with couples tying the knot in the most ostentatious, (and expensive), way imaginable. Here’s the happy group from just one of the ten weddings taking place at our hotel today…
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…But will they look this happy when they get the bill?
Here’s someone who happily paid the bill for our fabulous lunch in Hong Kong…
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This is our friend Innez whom James got to know in Toronto many years ago. Innez runs the PAL English Language school in Hong Kong and she is celebrating her 7th successful year of teaching kids, from toddlers to teens, how to learn while they play…
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While we love travelling the globe we also love meeting up with friends old and new on the way. We also discover many things as we travel so, in a way, we are following Innez’s philosophy – we learn as we play. Now we are off to play in Thailand – see you in Bangkok.

Posted by Hawkson 02:21 Archived in Hong Kong

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would love to find out more about Innez' school.

01.12.2012 by Janet

Luxury indeed! That's some staircase. Also notice what appears to be sensible vehicle traffic--no hordes of carts, bicycles, motorcycles and people driving on the sidewalks.

01.12.2012 by R and B

Play and learn! Wonderful philosophy, my friends. Most odd how people like to be wed in places other than their own....Bernice is leaving Burma for Bangkok at the same time, I believe. Stranger things have happened and you may run into her! Happy Trails to you....

01.12.2012 by joyce

Great photos as usual. I am looking forward to the shot of the swimming pool in your Bangkok hotel with fond memories of the series of pool shots from your travel a few years back. My shopping experience is a big contrast to HK. I am now in a container mall called re-start in space cleared in the quake-centre of Christ Church. Really very creative use of conainers and other quickly erected structures. Very colorful, very upbeat. Wonderful now in the mid 20s, but winter bites here. Their Santa parade yesterday was yesterday and walked in 30 degree heat. Gotta love the spirit of the European diaspora Southern Hemisphere!

02.12.2012 by Tom

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