Aug 20, 2004
Aug 28, 2005
A good sleep, Rice Krispies for breakfast, first time for cold cereal in over a year, and I was ready to go! There was an Impressionist exhibition on loan from France at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, which was perfect because it was on my way to a street market. So I rode the subway and then took the ferry across the bay, stopping at a bookstore and finding a much needed Lonely Planet Europe, and walked to the museum and it was really great! There were about 50 works - Monet, Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Manet, Sisley, Pissaro, and Courbet among others - and it was very interesting and had both English and Chinese explanations about the artists and time periods and I was able to use some of my recently gained art knowledge while touring the exhibition. They wouldn't allow any pictures in the main gallery, but there was a side gallery with reproductions and explanations that I took some pics of and just might be able to use in my art class this semester. After looking at a few of the other exhibitions I went off for the Ladies Market near Mong Kok station in Kowloon. This is supposed to be the best and cheapest market in HK. It runs past these huge streets like an enlarged alleyway and is packed with vendors selling everything from clothes to CDs to souvenirs, so much really. And it turns out to be the cheapest market I've ever been to in any country! I bought a pair of slacks for $10, two really nice shirts for $10, and a silver CK watch for $2...good quality actually and super cheap, so I was happy with my day and my purchases and sad that I must leave HK tomorrow - I really like it here!