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China Adventure

China Adventure

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Published by jerry kroth
personal trip to china
personal trip to china

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Published by: jerry kroth on Aug 10, 2010
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China Adventure: Hong Kong, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai,June, 2010
Anya and I began our adventure in Hong Kong, a sparkling city of glassskyscrapers that reach toward the sky.Hong Kong is a very deep-water port andsplits down the middle into Hong KongCentral and Kowloon. We stayed inKowloon and took ferries across to theother side. I mentioned to Anya that a lot of people probably just stay in Kowloon anddon’t get across that much. A day or solater, we realized both sides were connectedby an extremely efficient, new, air-conditioned metro, probably the mostmodern metro I’ve ever seen. It makes theNew York City’s subway system seem likeit’s in an underdeveloped country.At night if you stand in Kowloon you cansee the “symphony of lights” considered the best laser light show on theplanet. Totally spectacular. It is choreographed with music and visible andaudible all along the shore.
Since Hong Kong isablaze with skyscrapersone of the first things wedid was to go to VictoriaPeak where one takes avery steep tram to abeautiful place to see thewhole panorama of thecity.But it is also a buzzinginternational city half English, half Chinesewith dozens of interesting shopping streets.One place, the Harbor ShoppingMall, was probably the biggestmall I was ever in. It seemedlike it went on for close to amile with air-conditioned shopsfrom Gucci to Rolex all over.Such opulence and wealth. Itwas stunning.We didn’t have many goodmeals in China, but we did find
a place that was very elegant and yet absolutely packed with Chinese diners(Maxim’s Palace in Central Hong Kong). I had roasted suckling pig thatwas incredible. Anya had garlic spare ribs and eggplant, plus deep-friedstuffed shrimp in an orange-strawberry sauce). Delightful.
We met a man named Michael who explained why there are not more illegalimmigrants in Hong Kong. When I asked why a person from the provinces just doesn’t get up and move to the more elegant Hong Kong for work, hesaid that one must have a visa, even for a Chinese citizen, and that everyresident of China has a national identity card. It looks like our driver’slicense. You get it at birth, and that is how illegal immigration is controlled.There are even posters in Hong Kong that say “if you are working here and are not legally entitled to live in Hong Kong, you will be arrested.” I looked it up: Belgium, Israel, Argentina, Brazil all have them.We’ve been taught that having a national identity card is an invasion of our  privacy, but it makes you wonder.
The next day we went to see the “Big Buddha” the largest Buddha in theworld. The tram ride up the hill was scary. I had to close my eyes. TheBuddha was big all right. Built in 1973 primarily as a tourist attraction toraise money for the monksup there. Sorry we traveledso far to see that, but whatthe hell. We didn’t have aguide. Anyway it
was nice to visit him andget scared half to death.

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