If you haven’t been to Hong Kong for awhile, you should plan a trip back. There are many new and interesting things to do and see. I have only two days here so I had to pick and choose. I started out by going to Tsuen Wan in the New Territories to the Sam Tung Uk Museum which is a restoration of one of the oldest walled villages in Hong Kong. It is a typical Hakka walled village and the name means “three beam dwelling.” The Chan clan moved here from Fujian Province in China in 1786. The restoration used appropriate materials and furniture but some of it had to be obtained in China. It shows typical homes and has displays of everyday activities such as rice growing and weddings. It is a free museum and I enjoyed the visit. Later, after stopping off at a street near Sham Shui Po MTR Station which has dozens of shops selling beads and other items related to jewellery-making, I headed to the Hong Kong Museum of History which was also free as it was a Wednesday. This is a modern world-class museum which tells the story of Hong Kong from 400 Million years ago to the return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. It covers the natural environment, folk culture and the historical development of the region. It reconstructs houses and businesses, village scenes and cultural events using actual artefacts. It is well worth a visit. My next stop for the day was the Hong Kong Museum of Art, also free on Wednesdays. The collection of Chinese paintings is extensive and impressive. Today, our Tai Chi class on the ship joined a local group at 5:30 this morning for exercises in Kowloon Park. It was a great way to start the day. Afterward, I decided to take a walking tour to the bird, flower and goldfish markets in the Mong Kok area of Kowloon. I bought some lovely flowers for my cabin at the Flower Market. At the Bird Market, I was greeted by a green parrot who continually said “hello”. However, once I walked away without offering him anything, he started to screech at me. From there I went to the Tin Hau Temple and the Jade Market and then stopped for a much needed foot massage before returning to the ship.
The photos show some scenes from the early morning sail in to Hong Kong Harbour (4), the Hakka village(4), some rooms from the History Museum(4), Tai chi, the markets and the gate to the Tin Hau Temple.
Our next port is Nha Trang, Vietnam.