Flowers, Fish, and Birds...and Lots of Them!

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Hong Kong Hostel

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Friday, April 22, 2011

We slept until around noon, which was very nice, before heading out towards Kowloon (the part of Hong Kong attached to the mainland; we were staying on Hong Kong Island) and doing a tour of all their different street markets. We started with a flower market that was 4-5 blocks long and had some beautiful colors and smells and of course endless stalls and stores that overflowed their flower displays into the side walks. Then we headed to the bird garden market and walked through the stalls that had hundreds of birds in little cages stacked on top of each other. Parrots, budgies, crows, parakeets, finches, doves, pigeons, and lots more I can’t name. They also had tubs full of crickets and maggots for bird feed. It was in some spots sad to see the birds clinging upside down in the small cages trying to find a way out but it was also a very interesting experience as it provided us a little insight into their culture.
After the bird market we walked to the fish market, which was just a whole bunch of fish stores selling aquariums, equipment and special fish and reptiles. They had hundreds of fish in baggies hanging from the walls, some were far too large for the tiny bags that they were in and did not seem to be enjoying themselves. The Tin Hau temple was next on our list but if you’ve seen one temple it seems like you’ve seen them all (and this one was quite small) so we left and went to a local jade market where there were dozens of stalls selling thousands of pieces of jade for dirt cheap. We were told that it was real jade but didn’t believe them considering a small piece in New Zealand was ten times the price, but who really knows. Whether it was actual jade or not though they did have some pretty cool stuff.
After the jade market we ended up wandering to a huge pedestrain street and there were people absolutely EVERYWHERE. We would have expected to be overwhelmed by something like this but we ended up really enjoying just the experience of it all....definately more people than at West Ed.
We stopped for supper at a street restaurant before heading towards the avenue of stars to watch a light and music show that is put on every night at 8 o’clock. On the way I (Jackie) decided to take a quick look ina Sketchers store not really expecting to by anything and ended up coming out with a pair of Shape-ups sandals! As my sandals broke in New Zealand I was in bad need of a new pair and I decided I wanted to spend a little on a good pair rather than crap that will just fall apart with all the walking we do. That fact that they may help tone me up even a tiny bit is an added bonus, but I do still keep my Keen's with my so I don't spend too much time walking in them right away...I've heard about some problems that can cause.
The light show ended up just being some green lasers, spotlights, and colorful lights that turned on and off to the music, nothing super spectacular. On our way back we found famous Chinese celebrity stars and their handprints like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and a statue of Bruce Lee.
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