Hong Kong Day 2

Trip Start Mar 18, 2011
Trip End Apr 15, 2011

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hong Kong Day 2

So today we got up really early and went for a dim sum breakfast.  It was very good.  There was congee - a kind of rice porridge with bits of pork in it- not at all sweet.  The dim sum was in many varieties, none of them sweet, there were dumplings with veggies, pork, shrimp and it just kept coming. I was stuffed.
We then had our tai chi lesson with a 74 year old Tai Chi master and his daughter, Pandora and an assistant.  You can see more about it at taichiworld@yahoo.com.uk.  We did tai chi for about an hour and it was veery hard but I was surprised at how fast we learned the movements.  The master was vey enthusiastic and non-critical.  It was also apparent from our guide that the young people in China see tai chi as for old people.
I have gotten insight from our guides regarding the close living conditions of all of the people we have met.  They do not use their residences the way we do.  They live much more in public. Our guide said she was only home to sleep, watch TV or play MahJong.  She lives in an apartment that is 480 square feet with her parents and sister.  She had no complaints about it.  She said this morning when she got up she went to brush her teeth and saw her neighbor brushing her teeth and they waved and said "hello" with foamy mouths.  She said they can lend a cup of sugar through their windows and she lives in the 24th floor of a building outside of Hong Kong.
After our tai chi session we went to the same place we had been to the day before.  We were just walking around and I was with the Bridge instructor from the ship (no I have not learned how to play bridge but one of he other duties is to herd us around on tours). She has a real smart mouth and we have hit it off.  We went off to the Jade Market and bought some very cheap jade.  The bargaining is a riot. They will take a lot off.  We we're then late getting back to the bus.  Ken said that he tried to get them to leave without us.
After our return to the boat Ken and I walked around a little bit in the ginormous luxury shopping mall and then we went over to the Penninsula hotel and an 1881 Heritage Square which was some old government buildings beautifully restored.  There were tons of brides and grooms getting photos taken in quite elaborate gowns.  I took lots of pictures and will try to get some up on the blog when I get organized.
We sailed out of Hong Kong in the evening and I look forward to returning. A fascinating place.
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Matthew Shore on

I loved my few days in Hong Kong. I anticipate that your having become a Tai Chi master will not only affect (improve) your mood, but will also positively affect your practice. I can see it all now - Mediation/Tai Chi. Breathe in, breathe out.

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