more scenic shots - These were made with a digital camera. In general, it's easy to use, but for web-viewing, the jpgs. need to be lightened considerably.

Along the Kowloon habor walk, a lot of repair work was going on, but there was this great bronze dragon fountain spirting water. The walk stretches along the entire harbor length going down to the new area across from the Peninsula Hotel where the Art Museum and the Star Ferry are located.

Thirty-five acres in the middle of Kowloon have been set aside as a park. The Hong Kong Museum of History is here, as is a large Islamic Temple, a water park, rose gardens, a bird sanctuary, and some fountains and water falls. People practice Tai-Chi and Kung-Fu in the park all day long. The substrate goes up and down because Kowloon is quite hilly. Infact, once upon a time, there were 8 hills (and 8 dragons associated with these hills.)

There is a story that one time the Emperor (considered a dragon) came to the region. He commented on the Eight Dragons who lived in the hills surrounding Hong Kong (Fragrant Harbor). His court attendant said something akin to, "Oh, no, your Majesty. There are Nine Dragons." And that is how Kowloon got it's name - it is a British corruption of "Nine Dragons" in Cantonese. True story? Who can say? But it is charming, sort of like how Chicago means "stinky onion" in Potowatomi. Or does it?

On our way to Lantau Island, we were waiting for the ferry. We noticed the poster, and our first thought was, "This has got to be the Chinese National Enquirer" - well, it wasn't. What a surprise! The CNN cable network carried very little about the capture that night. It was almost as if no one cared.