Hong Kong - Live It, Love It Fam Tour
September 27 - October 4th, 2004
 



I booked myself an optional tour called the Heritage Tour - on the way I caught sight of the largest container port in the world.the pictures do it no justice whatsoever in size! The Tai Fu Tai Mandarin's Mansion was an opulent stately home built in 1865 by a Mandarin in the imperial Court.
The Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall & Lo Wai Walled Village was built in the 16th Century. Lo Wai Walled Village was the first walled village built by the Tang clan.
Next stop was the Wishing Tree in Lam Tsuen - this tree was right next door to a temple. The colours of temples are red for happiness, green for peace and gold for royalty, strength and wealth. The idea is to make a wish and tie it around an orange and throw it up into the tree. If it stays, then your wish will come true. At this very spot to is one of the nicest restrooms I have ever seen.orchids on the shelves and only one American stall - the rest were the kind you squat in - very easy to use I might add.
You can see a picture of one of them in the picture with the orchids.
The last stop on our tour was to the Man Mo Temple and Tai Po Market. The temple was built a century ago and is dedicated to Man, the God of Literature and Mo, the God of Martial Arts.. The incense building was incredible as indicated by the photo. The market was wonderful - so much to see. I bought buns from that first picture there to have for lunch..they were the best coconut buns I have ever tasted too!
We were also lucky to be able to visit a couple of jade markets - I have never seen so much jade and pearls - each necklace or bracelet can be made while you wait.

On to the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden where you could buy any kind of bird or accessory for your pet bird. They love their birds and often will take them in these wonderful wooden cages for a walk. I bought one of these cages to bring home with me. The flower market was awesome.I could have spent the day there just checking out all the plant material. Bonsai abounds!
On to another temple where it had exquisite tile work and equally exquisite bonsai then back to the HKCEC for a very special gala event courtesy of Tourisme Montreal, host of the 2005 ASTA World Congress. I kept a picture of the table setting so you could see what it was like.much silver-plate around that night! After this wonderful dinner we walked through the convention halls to our most privileged position to take in the Fireworks Display and then deserts and coffee afterwards.just spectacular!

 

 

 

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