The Women of Hong Kong

Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Day 2.

I never did explain why I decided to stay on Lantau Island instead of right in Hong Kong. Having done my research I knew I would spend a day on Lantau doing what I said I did yesterday. Knowing I'd be arriving around 6 PM, clearing immigration, then finding the most cost efficient way of getting into Hong Kong and a reasonably priced hotel, then getting back to Lantau the following day, I figured my best option, especially after checking hotel prices, would be to stay near the airport. The bonus was the quieter location of the beach hotel. With the super cheap ferry service, $3.00 and a 30 minute ride on the fast ferry (50 minutes on the regular) into Hong Kong from Mui Wo this worked for me.

Today was visiting Kowloon day. Deciding to make it a late day (seeing Hong Kong all lit up at night) I had a late breakfast at the hotel and took the 10am (slow) ferry to Central on Hong Kong island. Walked over to the Star Ferry terminal for the short jump across to Kowloon. Just over one dollar for that.

The first order of business was getting my train ride tickets to Nanning for next Tuesday. Might as well figure out where I'll be going on Tuesday without lugging around a 50 lb backpack. That done, onto the subway to Boundary Street in northern Kowloon. This being a Sunday, everybody was out. Could have used a pusher, which I've heard of in Tokyo, to get onto the train.

Out of the subway station and I start wandering down Nathan Road. Take a bunch of photos of buildings and roads and interesting things. After a while this all starts to look the same. What I do realize that doesn't look the same is the women. There's something about them. They definitely know how to look stylish. Their facial features are also intriguing.

And so, I start taking pictures of the Hong Kong women. Of the 175 pictures I took today, over 100 are of women.

I walked through the markets, that were packed solid, through the malls (wall to wall gorgeous women), the temples, and then sat around a fountain in Kowloon Park for a long while just observing the happenings. The University students taking photos in their cap and gown, the bride and groom, the babies, the young kids. It was awesome just watching (and taking pictures of everyone else taking pictures).

That is something that I've noticed. Everyone is always taking pictures and posing everyone else. In the mall, in the markets, in the Smiles and happiness everywhere. It was just so joyful! I love it!

Went to a different part of the park and found other groups dancing. Everybody was having fun on this Sunday afternoon.

Continued down Nathan Road back towards the pier. Walked the Golden Mile. Hong Kong's version of Rodeo Drive. It was getting dark. Here there were more photos being taken. Newly married couples. University grads. Lovers. Kids in strollers.

There's just something about Chinese women. I haven't the faintest idea how old they are. They all look so young. The University students look like junior high students. One "mom"  with a 10 year old looked like she was still in High School.

I thought of writing so much more to explain the reason behind why women seem to be a theme behind the start of this trip, but it's getting late again and after another long day of walking it's time for bed.

One day I'll put together a slide show of the women of Hong Kong. For now you get very few if any photos.

Think It! Feel It! Live It! Love It!

PS. I've been pre-writing these as an email when I don't have wifi access. Once they get posted I'll see if I can get some pictures uploaded.
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