More harbor... It really was lovely.
The shopping crowds on Nathan Road in Kowloon. Very narrow sidewalks
crammed with people walking in both directions. Drivers in HK use the
Brit. system, and it takes a while to get used to looking "the wrong
way." On the streets, in front of every store, there are men stationed
to entice you in, or to hand out leaflets with their store names and
goods offered. "Copy Roles watch, sir? Fake Gucci bag, madam - Vuiton?"
The cacophany of voices is wonderful! There are
Jamaicans, Africans, British, your standard Americans, Chinese,
Japanese, Koreans, and everything in between.
You might think a store is a store, but you'd be wrong! Behind every
store is another one, and behind that, another one -- as far back as
back wall of the building. The stores are very narrow, no more than
perhaps 15 ft. wide. The shop keepers in the front pay the most rent.
Spaghetti House? When there's Chinese food so readily available? No way!
But, what Irishman could pass up going to Murphy's Irish Pub for a pint
after a hard day's shopping?
SARS and 9-11 really hit Hong Kong hard. This mall was 3/4 empty -
something I never saw when I was here in 1988. The decorations were up,
the mall guards were out prepared to assist shoppers, but there was no
one! It's kind of like giving a party & nobody shows up.
Behind our hotel was a children's fair. It had been there in 1988, but
I assume it is taken down during the summer. The loud speakers blared
Christmas carols, which I found somewhat disconcerting.