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The City of Hong Kong


Although Hong Kong has some of the best hiking we’ve done, the shiny skyscrapers and small local shops captivate as well.  The “Happiness Dispensary” still has me wondering.

I spend many days wandering through new neighborhoods soaking up the new and old of the culture. One minute I’m walking by designer-dressed business people and the next I’m watching a storekeeper sweep the sidewalk with a straw broom. This city seems to give energy instead of drawing it from me. I never get tired of it.   

Another contrast in this cosmopolitan city is that they still use bamboo scaffolding when constructing or repairing any building. It’s odd to see a 21st Century building wrapped in really old technology.  It was used to build the Great Wall. The upgrade–black zip ties instead of rope. I guess…why change what works well?

Bob travels on the Star Ferry to the YMCA for his workouts. He’s an “elder,” so it’s free. The government wants its elders to be out more, so they make it easy. The U.S. could learn something from Hong Kong when it comes to elders and transportation. (Ya gotta love the word “elder.” It oozes respect and wisdom.)

I’ve found a wonderful yoga studio. I always leave early so I can wind through the neighborhoods soaking up the energy of the streets.

We have a few days left in Hong Kong before we are off to Thailand, and plan to use every minute, hiking, exploring and visiting Kristin and the fam.  I could easily stay here another month. So enjoy a quick look at a bit of Hong Kong.

And have a Happy New Year! 


Author: janeelizabethmarko

Jane travels the world with her husband Bob. They are always looking for long-term house sits. Contact Jane if you are planning on traveling and need someone to care for your pets, garden, and home.

11 thoughts on “The City of Hong Kong

  1. Wow Jane & Bob sounds amazing what an adventure. Keep the blogs coming as they are fascinating
    Sandy & Colin

  2. Thanks. But I must admit, I miss weeding the allotment and sitting in your sun porch. AND your bread maker!

  3. We will miss y’all when y’all go!

  4. I won’t say have an exciting, as you are, but do continue to have a very happy new year. XX’s & OO’s to you and Bob and I do enjoy your musings!

  5. Great quick peak at the orient … enjoy your next move to Thailand!

  6. Happy New Year! Love hearing about your travels.

  7. Please go back to the Happiness Dispensary and buy me one little bottle!!! 🙂

  8. Great to hear from you, Jane.
    Thanks for sharing Hong Kong.
    Save travels.
    Love, Lynn

  9. I love reading your blogs, Jane, and I’m thrilled you are moving on to Thailand. My great-grandparents were Presbyterian missionaries in Chaing Mai, Thailand. While there they began a boys’ school, The Prince Royals College. The school is now co-ed and remains in Chaing Mai. The school administration invited my mom to attend their 100th Anniversary celebration. She was not able to travel but she sent my niece, Kathy Hoffman, to attend as the representative for our family. If you are able to visit Price Royals I would so enjoy hearing all about your visit.
    Happy New Year!

  10. Hey Barb. I certainly will. We are living in Chaing Mai for 1 month. Please tell me the names of your great grandparents, so I can make the connection for you.

  11. My great-grandparents were David Gormley Collins and his wife Ada Pinkerton Collins. I hope you can make the connection!

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