Hong Kong Museum of History

Trip Start Dec 28, 2011
Trip End Dec 31, 2011

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Friday, December 30, 2011


Last nite I was disturbed in the night by noises in the room. I've had two bad experiences with mice in the room and I thought this was about to be my third. I turned the lights on but didnt understand where a mouse could come from as the room was sealed.

After a while I heard noises coming from the airvent above my bed. I left the lights on and eventually they moved away. So now I had to leave the light on all night as the room had no windows and was essentially a box, so made sleeping again difficult.

For breakfast went down again to the pakistani bazaar in the lobby and got two kachori's each for $5 HKD ($.60 cents each) which is a soft fried puri with some spices in the middle. After that I walked over to the Hong Kong Museum of History

Entrance was only $10 HKD ($1.20) actually quite cheap for a museum. The museum was quite interesting and started from 400,000,000 BC with fossils, continuing to the wildlife era with tigers and bears, the arrival of cavemen and early fishing. 

Then there was the era of the chinese dynasty, the arrival of the europeans, and british rule. There was a section on the opium trade, the starting of the hong kong shanghai bank (later to become HSBC), japanese occupation, and the modernization of the city after the war.

There was extensive exhibits on the british era, the various governors, and the recent handover. There were pictures of Queen Elizabeths visit in the 1970s, Margaret Thatchers treaty in the early 80s guaranteeing 50 years protection after the handover, and the 1997 handover by Prince Charles.

There were many newspaper front covers including The Toronto Star. They also had 60s pop culture fads, and the development of tourism. This was a well priced and thoroughly detailed museum. 

I then headed over to Kowloon Park and there was another small free museum about the city's history. It was a smaller version of the large museum I had just been to but they had an interesting room with the floor made from broken china.

After that I went to the Kowloon Mosque for friday prayers which strangely were in urdu and english despite the mixed nationalities there (SEE LATER ENTRY ON KOWLOON MOSQUE)

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