Posted by: scribe9 | July 19, 2010

What I did on my summer vacation

It’s winter in New Zealand, we’re returning to the US in October, and we won’t have summer again until July 2010 (yes, July–in Portland, there’s a good chance it won’t be summer until then). Rick had a meeting in Hong Kong last week, so that will have to do until next July.

The weather was very summery, in a non-Portland way (and frequently bright–and to our surprise, few people wear sunglasses there): with highs in the 90s and humidity in the 80s and 90s.

We admired the skyline,

Hong Kong from the Kowloon ferry


 checked out the few remaining colonial buildings,

Murray House, Stanley

Interior, St. Francis church, Macau

Ruins of St. Paul's, Macau

 and an old cemetery:

Terraced cemetery, Hong Kong

 Hong Kong has great public transporation. We traveled eight different ways while we were there, including the cute old-fashioned trams, on which we rode upstairs to see the sights and catch the breezes:

Hong Kong trams

 I of course took the opportunity to visit gardens:

Nam Lian garden, Kowloon

and we went on walks. What saves Hong Kong from being paved over is steep slopes; many are engineered for drainage, and gunited:

Finally, a night scene:


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