Tuesday, 8 February 2000

day three: hong kong - land between tour

Land Between Tour - Slept well, up at 6am. and off on the train to Queens Pier for the tour. Began with a drive through Kowloon's residential area, with it's towering laundry clad buildings, and on to Yuen Yuen Institute, a place of worship for the three main religions of China, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. The place was packed with worshippers, offering their gifts for the new year. The incense was a little overpowering, but an interesting insight into the religious beliefs.

Next, up to Tai Mo Shan Lookout for a view of the western side of Kowloon & the New Territories, hampered by the pollution that hangs over Hong Kong. A short stop at a market, onto Luk Keng Village, and a bird sanctuary on the border with China. Next, a local fishing village, Sam Mun Tsai, before lunch at the Sha Tin Racecourse. Impressive stadia, and excellent food.

Finally back to Hong Kong and a quick dash back to the hotel, before rushing off to the football. Not a great display of football, but the atmosphere was good, and the sight of spectators sitting with "Takeaways" complete with chopsticks, perched precariously on their laps, was a far cry from burgers and hot dogs back in England.