While I had been to
The city seemed much bigger than when I was last here, but that’s because it is. Each year, more and more of
One thing that impressed us was the transportation system. When we arrived, we purchased two electronic passes at the airport which entitled us to a return trip on the train and unlimited travel on the subway for three days. We could also make an additional payment and use them on the buses, trams and ferries. When the train arrived at the
Of course, most people don’t come to
They said they would look at it, but first we had to pay $780 HK ($110 CDN) for the initial examination, and then the cost of repairs. Sally pointed out it was under warranty, but was told that the warranty didn’t apply in
On our way to the delicatessen, we came upon a most unusual site. Thousands of women were sitting around the Exchange Square development, near the bus station, on sheets of cardboard, or makeshift blankets, playing cards, doing manicures, reading, talking, and just hanging around. At first I thought they were waiting for the bus, but there were too many. Then I thought maybe they were gathering for a political demonstration, but there were no banners, and they seemed quite happy. Finally, I had to ask someone what was going on.
They were Filipino nannies, on their day off. There are over 300,000 in Hong Kong, and since they have no homes to meet in, the gather in public places around the city. I was impressed that the authorities allowed this to happen. Indeed, some private companies even pay to clean up after they are gone.
There’s much too much to do and see in
Some final observations. I was impressed with many of the new apartment buildings which are really quite spectacular. Sally was surprised by the amount of greenery both in and around the city. She didn’t expect all the parks, nor the beaches and extensive hiking trails. We were both impressed with the general level of cleanliness. Not quite as clean as
But as a short term visitor, coming from