to Enjoy Hong Kong...
the Jade Market...
is a great stop for grandmothers and grandmamas to be. Since
jade is all about good health and long life, when a
new baby is born a Chinese grandma traditionally buys a piece
of jade for the new grandchild. However, visitors be warned.
If you know little about these stones, look but dont
buy. You might be getting less than you pay for. Still its
great fun to watch these colourful merchants in action and
to see the very many different shades of green on display
(Jordon MTR Station).
for the top...
This you must do! Board
the Peak Tram funicular railway for an eight minute
climb to Victoria Peak. From this vantage point enjoy
a spectacular 360 degree view of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon
and the New Territories. Walk the lofty circular nature trail.
Then browse the Peak Market for everything from tiger balm
to Burberry purses. P.S. Feeling strong? You might want to
hike all the way back into town.
tip --Fill your weekend with fun...
Friday the South China Morning Post publishes a section
called WE (Weekend Entertainment) and it is filled
to the brim with all kinds of cultural happenings. The issue
that Journeywoman saw had everything from interesting photo
exhibits to a European Film Festival, free concerts and The
Bolshoi Ballet. Check it out. Its a great way to program
Saturday and Sunday in the same way the Hong Kongers do.
is green, green, green...
you thought that Hong Kong was cars, cars, cars and people,
people, people. Think again because 40% of the territory has
been conserved in over 23 parks. Take advantage of this fabulous
green scene. Kowloon Park with its sculpture garden
and jogging trail is a tranquil oasis in a bustling neighbourhood.
Stroll the grounds. Watch the older women do their Tai
Chi. Listen to the birds in the aviary, visit the water garden
with its flock of flamingos by the shore. If youre lucky
youll meet up with groups of kindergarten children --
immaculately dressed in brightly coloured school uniforms,
their dark eyes sizing you up from under bangs of straight
black hair. A real treat!
for Tai Chi...
Wake up early enough
and you can join a Tai Chi class in the Middle
Road Playground (situated in Tsim Sha Tsui right in back of
the Sheraton Hotel and in front of the New World Shopping
Centre) Its easy to find, just follow the sounds of
Chinese music and look for the HKTAs yellow banner.
From 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) graceful
teachers William Ng and Pandora Wu lead a class of Tai
Chi beginners through their routine. Its free, its
fun, its great fitness. Who knows? You might even meet
another Journeywoman to sightsee with that day. Want more
info? E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
bird watching in the country...
you have binoculars, pack them! Youre in for some exciting
birdwatching at the Mai Po Marshes-- an important feeding
ground for migratory birds. Located in the New Territories
only 30 miles from the hustle and bustle of downtown Hong
Kong. Expect fresh air and lovely peace and quiet. Join your
guide, hike the trails past ponds of geese and ducks, watch
the fishermen casting their nets, stop in at the museum and
visit the birdwatching hides where over 430 species
have been sighted. Time passes much too quickly here! For
further information call Gray Line Hong Kong: (852) 2368 7111
the Bird Garden in the city...
The Bird Garden
on Yuen Po Street where older men take center stage is definitely
worth a visit. Its a chaotic and exotic blend of sight
and sound. Intricately carved cages of brightly colored songbirds
are hung everywhere, even on the branches of the parks
trees. Historically it was the rich mans hobby to seek
out the finest specimen so that he could strut through the
village, his caged bird on display. Today, the men are still
strutting their stuff on Yuen Po while the women are the ones
selling the fabulous cages and the interesting bird food.
Whats for birdie dinner? Traditional seeds, huge worms,
crickets and huge cellophane wrapped grasshoppers. (10 minute
walk from the Prince Edward MTR)
on to tea...
Use your time in Hong
Kong to become a student of tea. Lesson number one -- Flagstaff
House: Museum of Teaware (admission free) where a wonderful
collection of antique Chinese teaware going as far back as
470 B.C. is on display in a restored colonial building.
Next stop the Jabbok
Tea House in Monkok where you can observe the art of tea-making,
sample the teas you are interested in and perhaps bring some
home as presents. This is one of the best places in town!
(near Monkok MTR) Finally, Lesson number three is a big HK
splurge. Have lunch at the Peninsulas Spring Moon
Restaurant. Surroundings will be wonderfully elegant,
the Cantonese menu divine and you will be very impressed with
their sophisticated tea counter. Twenty selected teas are
on offer as well as highly trained tea masters that will help
you with your selection. P.S.
Journeywoman vocabulary lesson: The Chinese words for drink
tea are yum cha.
More things to do....