The worldwide Augustana College experience

Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been fun and some more of the same that we experienced in Taiwan.  We’ve been to the jade market and ladies market.  The ladies market is basically a street market with so many vendors it is crazy.  The jade market in Hong Kong is smaller than the one in Taipei, however, the vendors are more pushy and eager to sell.  My favorite place in Hong Kong has been the promenade and water front area.  It is just such a nice area you can sit at Starbucks or a small bar and just watch the channel and the Hong Kong skyline or walk along the boardwalk and put your hands in Jackie Chan’s hand prints.  There are so many western restaurants here I feel like there are more western than Chinese restaurants.  October 1, 2010 was the 61st anniversary of Mao De Zong declaring China the PRC.  It’s known as National Day and there were fireworks on the waterfront at 9:00pm.  We got there a little before 7 and it was already packed, apparently some people have been waiting there since as early as 2:00pm.  It felt like the whole city was there when there was really only a fraction of the city, but it was still probably around one million people.  After the fireworks they opened up the main street, Nathan Road, as a pedestrian walk way.  The masses of people was intense it was an exciting experience to walk around.

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