A tale of two islands

Trip Start Jun 26, 2011
Trip End Oct 09, 2011

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Where I stayed
Peng Chau and Cheung Chau
What I did
ferried around the islands

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

About two close by islands, Hong Kong- 8/10/2011
Before discussing the islands a few photos from the Star Ferry between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island- a real old junk and a highly painted Star Ferry doing harbour cruises. (they are usually a somber green)
Bizarrely seen on our ferry, the just married couple doing a photo shoot.
We are on our way to the Bird Garden, a favourite place to watch the locals bringing their birds to meet each other.

There, they can chat to each other whilst their birds chat to each other in their special ornate travelling cages, and buy every imaginable type of bird food including the two live examples shown. The lady in the photo was  reading aloud to her birds from a book.
And now to the islands. Peng Chau is only a 15 minute rickety ferry ride from the marina, but feels like traveling 100 years back in time to ancient China.

A small island with two nice temples and a very littered beach –a few good seafood restaurants.

We continued on the inter island ferry to the much bigger and better known island of Cheung Chau, which has a huge fishing fleet and is renowned for its seafood restaurants.
We hired this rickshaw bike to wander the streets, my knees banging on my chin, and found this pug dog sleeping in the fruit shop.

And we wondered how Western schoolgirls would enjoy trying to keep a  white sailor suit clean at school?

We made the mistake of choosing fresh fish and scampi for lunch without checking that it was shelled, and spent a very messy half hour trying to extract something to eat- yes I know the Chinese eat the prawns in their shells but we don't, and they sure don’t eat very spiky scampi in the shell.
We found the old guy preparing shrimp for drying, adding his cigarette ash to the food, and the trays of drying shrimp shown, complete with flies reminded us not to eat dried fish.
Another harbour shot, and the local form of business transport, and then the last photo is of a shop where you can buy paper versions of everything you need to help make sure the recently departed will be wealthy in heaven. By burning these at the funeral his future comfort in heaven will be assured.
Powerboats and flash houses predominate, as well as models of food and other necessities like a cardboard model of an electric razor- you wouldn’t want to be unshaven in the afterlife would you?
Next time, a lovely day out to a fishing village on stilts, and a ride on a cable car to a big Buddha.
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