|If you decide to brave the streets, the Ding~dings can get you where you need to go.|
Our first day in Hong Kong was an eye-opening study of contrasts.
It was a clutter of old and new.
It was a steamy, hot day with threats of rain showers,
maybe that’s why there weren’t many people at the tranquil Hollywood Road Park.
The funny thing about Hong Kong is that you can almost avoid the weather altogether, because there are covered and enclosed pedestrian passageways that give you access to most of the city without having to walk on the roads.
In contrast to the the serene green scene at the The Hollywood Road Park, the open air passageways were filled with a wash of humanity…
Sunday is the official day off for the many domestic employees, so they set up camp and spend the day laughing, eating, gossiping and even playing a little bingo in their makeshift living rooms.
Another respite of serenity on the complex stretch of Hollywood Road is the Man Mo Temple, when you walk in, the thick incense scented air moves you immediately into a slower, more tranquil state, glowing lanterns hang above and the spacious temple is filled with deep red lacquered furnishings. The expansive rooms are filled with the sounds of murmurs and chants, interrupted sporadically by the sound of a mellow toned gong. The complex is actually a combination of three temples, the Lit Shing Kung and Kung Sor Temples are also in this 3 block compound. To read my previous post on this incredible sight, click on take me to the Man Mo Temple.
Other signs of spirituality, in particular these small shrines, could be found along the road,
a stark contrast to the artful graffiti that covered nearby walls,
does anyone know what this says?
When the rains hit,
there was no need to curtail our explorations…
In the more chi-chi sections of town one can access a variety of shopping and dining experiences using the very clean and enclosed walkways, which have glass bridges that go over the roads to connect you to the next mall…
without feeling a drop of rain,
or a percentage of humidity.
In the Landmark Atrium we were delighted to find a private room for our hungry brood at the very elegant China Tang restaurant, where the ambiance feels like a rich dosage of traditional Shanghai decor brushed with a glaze of British colonialism.
The deep indigo, silver tipped chop sticks added an elegant touch to every delicious morsel.
And the delicate celedon serveware reinforced the sense of calm and serenity that was now ours to enjoy.
Thanks for sharing this day in Hong Kong with me,
but I’m not finished sharing the my highlights of this remarkable city,
so please stay tuned.