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We docked last night at the Ocean Centre cruise terminal.Some people went out but I did not.I went out this morning to look for a camera because I broke the battery cover on my old one.I found one that is HD and now I am charging the battery.My other camera was about 6 years old and compared to what is available now,is completely outdated.I must read the owners manual carefully.The main shopping road is Nathan Rd.cheaper than the Ocean Centre,an all marble megalopolis that exhausted me just walking through it.It has all the designer names imaginable with prices to match.
Hong Kong has a population of 7.5 million in just a few square miles.People live in very small apartments where they don't spent much time, prefering to go out.
Public transportation is wonderful.Most of the buses are double decker and there is a metro,and train service is good to other parts.Pedicabs are popular.

Tomorrow I go on an excursion called "Tai Chi and Dim Sum".We meet on the pier at 7:15am,so the dim sum will be breakfast.
Last night there was an event for the full world cruisers at the Four Seasons Hotel.We had wine while some had their fortunes told,while others got a paper cutout of the animal in their year of birth.Mine was the dragon.There was a long line to have a fan painted with your name in Chinese but dinner was announced while I was 6th in line.A helpful assistant had us write our names on a piece of paper and we picked up our fans before dessert.Between courses we were treated to a show.There were acrobats,a dragon and a masked man who ,every time he swirled around,had on a different mask.It seems he had 6 or more thin silk masks that he managed to whip off as he turned.It was very impressive.

I took some pictures of the city at night but don't think they came out well with my new camera.

The dim sum breakfast was very good.In addition to the dumplings we had a radish cake rather like a firm rice pancake which we all loved.We also had two types of tea,and plenty of both.
We then went to the waterfront where we had Tai Chi lessons.The weather had been a little drizzly but stopped.it was cool enough to wear a light jacket.It was fun.
We were driven to a tea place where we had a tea ceremony,very important in Chinese culture,tasting two different types of tea.We saw how the little rolled hollow sticks one often sees in ice cream were made, and had samples.

We saw a sign for braised snake soup and had to take a picture

Back in the park I visited the little temple
This was not a too tiring day.We were back on the ship for lunch and I didn't feel like going out again.
Tomorrow is a day at sea and then Halong Bay.

permalink written by  edoyle on March 29, 2011 from Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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