Hong Kong Australia and New Zealand Fall 2017 travel blog

Tsi Sing Lau pagoda-built 600 years ago.

Walking along the river--.

lots of new construction going on

Shrine near village entrance

Walled village entrance--walls were to help repel pirates from the river.

2 guards drawn on each door.

Example of closed and barred doors of walled village

Narrow corridors separate each house.

Cannon used to protect the village

Ancestral shrine

Old police station, now a museum.

Beautiful view from top of hill next to police station

Looking down on graveyard

Hong Kong City in the distance.

On the subway back to the city.

Modern market in the city.

Cow tongue

Star Palace Dim Sum

Maggie and Susan working on the order.

Dim Sum

Chicken feet

Goodbye to Maggie

Downtown Kowloon near the Jade Market

September 29, 2017-Much more adventurous on this trip. We had agreed to meet Maggie in the subway stop in the New Territories. They are referred to as the New Territories because they were the last portion ceded to the British for Hong Kong. They abut China to the north. This was a portion of Hong Kong well away from the city core and the congestion that makes up the city closest to the water.

The attraction here was the largely preserved walled villages of the Tang clan, who had settled in this area 6-700 years ago. We saw some of the old temples, some examples of walled villages (to protect against pirates who came down the river that runs through this area), and the places where the young men would train with the hope that they could become part of the bureaucracy around the Emperor.

This was interesting and different from what we had seen in the city, but I have to admit it was not something that I would do again. Much like touring around old Native American areas, I just can’t get too excited about these places. They don’t resonate with me, so it is interesting to observe them but nothing I have a continuing fascination with.

But then we went into the city area near th3e old village, and this was fascinating. While still part of Hong Kong, it had a much less crowded and less sophisticated feel. The market we wandered thtough seemed closer to everyday life with fewer souvenirs and more practical it3ems for the everyday person.

One of my earpieces on my glasses had broken, and it was being helfd together with duct tape. We stopped at a market stall that offered r3eading glasses, and Maggie asked the old lady behind a table if she could help. I didn’t expect much to come of this, but the lady inspected my glasses, pulled out a box that had some tiny screws and some glue, and fixed my glasses. Worth the trip right there!

Then Maggie took us to a traditional dim sum restaurant. She assured us that we would be the only nonlocals in there, and she was right. This was the real deal. Maggie mostly ordered for us. We had the expected dumplings and the like, but she also ordered Chicken Feet. They came out covered in a brown sauce and lightly fried. The trick in eating them was to feel around with your teeth for the joints, bite through them, and skin the meat off the leg. I tried one, and it was acceptable, but it was an awful lot of work for little reward. I can say I did it but don’t need to do it again.

We said goodbye to Maggie and took the train back to Hong Kong proper. We wondered around the middle of Kowloon for awhile, then hoofed it back to our hotel. Decided to have room service-we were tired.

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