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谢迈克在中国 » 2008» February

谢迈克在中国

Mike Shecket Goes To China!

My dad’s here!!!

February 5th, 2008

I changed the countdown.

Hong Kong…swoon

February 2nd, 2008

WOW. I love Hong Kong. I went over to Luohu, the district of Shenzhen near the HK border, had lunch, and then figured I might as well take a look at the border if nothing else. Well, I had my passport with me, one thing led to another, and I went down to Kowloon.

First of all, there are all kinds of people there. All kinds of food and clothes from different places for sale. Different languages on signs, but a lot of English for sure.

It’s super busy, but everything is so well organized…there are signs everywhere to get you to the next place, and there are usually four or five ways to get between any two points (e.g. bus, cab, subway, walk underground, walk at ground level, walk above ground level, take a boat, etc. etc.).

Hong Kong may have the greatest skyline in the world. It’s not just the buildings in it, but the view you have from across the harbor. It’s really mind-blowing. After dark, there’s a sound and light show on an unbelievable scale. If you consider the sheer volume of space that’s part of the “stage”, it’s probably at least a square mile times a few thousand feet into the air.

Finally, while I was randomly walking around, I came upon a little somebody who I had been dying to meet for months…I found a sweet, friendly little cat who was willing to hang around with me for a while and be petted. She lived in sort of a little colony of quite healthy-looking cats near the Avenue of Stars on the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade…I counted seven, but there could have been more hanging around I didn’t see. Somebody must take care of these kitties, because they looked vastly healthier than any cat I’ve seen in the mainland.

I felt bad at first for my new little friend, particularly because there was a little bit of one of her ears missing. But eventually I noticed that several of the other cats in the group had the same thing…and I would bet that it’s a marker for a spay/neuter-and-release program. They seem to have it pretty good, really…they play with each other, they have great trees to scratch, and people must be fairly nice to them, because they’re pretty approachable.

I probably spent an hour just sitting there hanging out and giving her pets and scratches. I missed kitties so much.

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