I flew to Hong Kong, October 31, 2016, for 3 nights and 4 days. I flew American Airlines and changed planes in L.A. going and coming. My host (Lyona) from Globus met me.
Hong Kong is an island city off the Chinese mainland. It was a British colony for 156 years except during the Japanese occupation in World War II. The Harbor's location on the South China Sea is what attracted the British. The Hong Kong archipelago has 260 islands. Lantau is the largest.
With a population of 7 million, Hong Kong is a Chinese Manhattan. Hong Kong Island sits across the Harbor from Kowloon (Cow-loon). That tall skyscraper is the International Commerce Center. The currency is the Hong Kong dollar.
Hong Kong was transferred to the People's Republic of China in 1997. It is a Special Administrative Region under "one country, two systems." Lyona said there are still about 25,000 British.
Both Chinese and English are official languages. Road signs are in English, and cars drive on the left side. Hong Kongers love to shop and dine.
The Chinese have no alphabet. Written language consists of characters, lines and squares. Cantonese is spoken in Hong Kong.
Lyona escorted me up Victoria Peak to see the city and the Harbor. The Peak and the Harbor were named after the British queen.
I was given a sampan boat ride, and we passed the Jumbo Floating Restaurant. We drove through Wan Chai, the red light district in The World Of Suzie Wong. We stopped to enter the hotel. Of course, it looked nothing like it did in the movie.
Lyona knew about Elvis Presley, and we sang "Love Me Tender." She helped me check into the hotel in Kowloon. The Chinese people I encountered were polite and accommodating. They had thick black hair.
I went to Big Buddha on Lantau Island. It is a gigantic statue! 20% of Hong Kongers are Buddhists. I befriended an Australian couple, and we had lunch in the Buddhist monastery.
I had heard rumors about Hong Kong food. The only bad food I got was the Shanghai noodles. They were rubbery, and I could not eat them.
I watched Fox News in the hotel. Donald Trump was on the verge of winning the 2016 presidential election.
Nearby Macau was a Portuguese colony. Called the "Vegas of the East," it is the only place in China where gambling is legal.
Latitude lines run north and south from the equator. Longitude lines (meridians) run from the North Pole to the South Pole. The Prime Meridian is in Greenwich, England, a London suburb. From Greenwich, east and west longitude lines run 180 degrees around the globe and meet at the International Date Line.
Hong Kong latitude 22 degrees N
Hong Kong longitude 114 degrees E
Nashville latitude 36 degrees N
Nashville longitude 86 degrees W
Louisville latitude 38 degrees N
Louisville longitude 85 degrees W