View Full Version : Mo & Lil Mo - Final Part - Guilin (China) - Hong Kong

09-04-2008, 06:56 PM
Well, me and likkle Mo can't do anything the easy way or without a likkle drama - for us, at this point in our trip, it came while we were trying to fly from Chengdu to Guilin.

All of the flights we had taken in China were pretty good - clean, spacious, free food & water no matter how short the flight. All in all, a pretty good and cheap way to get around a HUGE country.

I was telling Magic in an email this afternoon about this part (which I thought I would likely leave out of my report) - however, it really was a BIG part of the adventure for me, so here's what happened...

(Note to Magic)

"I haven't mentioned to you the one BIG scare we (I) had - (Likkle Mo didn't really know what was going on because of the no english on the Air China flights). I found all of the Air China and Southern China flights to run like clockwork, but when we got on our flight in Chengdu to fly to Guilin, I realized we were sitting for quite a while. I looked at my watch and it was 3:20p.m., out flight was supposed to leave at 3:15p.m.

The engine was shut off, and we were just sitting. I kept hearing what I thought and know to be typical rumblings of planes landing and taking off, accompanied by the loud noise assiciated with that landing and taking off in a busy airport. I really didn't think aything of it.

15 minutes later people were getting antsy and tittering in Chinese - again, I understood nothing, and now the pilot was talking (again, in CHINESE). People started talking more animated among themselves.... I hit the call button to see if ANYONE on the flight could translate what the delay was. The flight attendant came, I pointed at my watch and shrugged my shoulders as to say "when are we leaving?"... she said "no english" and walked away.

A few minutes later, who i think was a pilot walked to the back where we were and said in very broken english and said "no fly til quake finish - not safe! Just tremor now", and he walked away.

It was then that I realized (by looking out the window) that there were NO planes were taking off or landing, and that the rumblings and sounds were not from planes!!

We sat on the plane for about an hour and a half and then like nothing happened, the engine cranked up and off we went!!

No kidding, I was determined the next morning in Guilin to find some information to see what the magnitude of the quake was that we sat on the plane for, and sure enough, the english version of the South China Daily online indicated that a 6.0 quake hit the sichuan province (same earthquake zone) at 3:12p.m. - I had to print it off, I could not believe it!!

Fortunately Likkle Mo didn't really understand the pilot (I only did because I understand patois I am sure http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif) and I just told her that it was busy and we would take off soon (I repeated this every time she asked - but she has flown lots so she accepted that and we played cards)

Sheesh - us an our luck and timing!!"

Anyway... we did make it to Guilin, and here's what we saw there. First I will tell you that Guilin, the Li River in particular, is another Heaven on Earth place. I know it may sound redundant when I use the word "spectacular" again, but it really was.

The city was fine... nothing to write too much about. Some interesting places, and neat monesterys, but that river - WOW!! And there are still minority cultures and people living in their villages along the riverside. None of them have been displaced like on the Yangtze River.

We had a good sleep in a mediocre hotel (there really isn't such thing as an accurate "star" rating in China), and next morning, we set out on foot to find Elephane Trunk Hill which is a mountain (not really that large, maybe 50 storeys high) on the bank of the Li River. It is has the shape of an elephant (which in China is a very good luck animal and symbol)... it's trunk seems to hang over the river. Pretty neat. You can climb it and see a pretty good panoramic view of the city and the river. And as everywhere in China, there are likkle makeshift shrines and offering places in every nook and every cranny of every place. People in China are deeply spiritual and really hoping to do all they can to make it to a good place after their life finishes.

Here we go... Elephant Trunk Hill - even though by this point we said we would not climb any more hills, mountains or stairs!!! So much for that!! Unfortunately, we had to buy a postcard because it was too large to get a good picture of. I'll show you pieces...

The top


View from the top




Little shrines and offerings along the way



REALLY old water tank (?) at the very top


Nice walk ways, and LOTS of stairs to reach the top!!



City of Guilin from the top


09-04-2008, 07:32 PM
After we trekked around Elephant Trunk Hill for a while, we headed out to the streets to find a taxi to head up to the north end of the city to another interesting place called Fubo Shan (dats bach to the Song Dynasty which I think was the 1300's) It is is another large mass (read small mountain - summit 200 meters) which you can climb for the views (which we were NOT doing because we were not climbing anymore!), but it also has a series of underground caves, as well as the only Monestery of "women" monks who live in this cool, and beautiful temple underground in a cave. We were allowed to take a few pictures without our flash, but none of them themselves.

Also in Fubo Shan there is a series of grottos and the guidebook claimed that over a thousand buddhas had been handcarved into the stone throughout the underground and outside the hill. Lastly, there is a part of the underground which is a series of stalactites, but at the mouth of one of the cave entrances along the Li Riverbank is a HUGE one called teh "sword Testing Stone"It literally hangs within 10 centemeters of the ground and indeed looks like it was hacked out by a sword.

Enjoy.. we did.

Fubo Shan




Down in the caves, entering the monestery (women's) - I caught Likkle Mo meditating or praying ggain... she did that a lot in China http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70384-praying.gif




Buckets upon buckets of Turtles - a symbol of Longevity in China





09-04-2008, 07:55 PM
Here are some of the 1000 Buddhas carved at various parts of the cave inside and out...







<span style="font-weight: bold">Sword Cutting Stone</span> (from floor ro top approx 30 meters, and at top about 12 meters wide where it joins the roof of the cave)




09-04-2008, 08:16 PM
Here is comes folks...

The Li River in all it's splendour!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/notworthy.gif

It was another scorching hot day (all days in China in July and August that we were in China were super hot)
We took the boat up river about 4.5 hours to Yangshuo and got off there to go visit a minority village and a local market.
But first, the river!!








Sugar Shug
09-04-2008, 09:41 PM
<span style="font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'"><span style="font-size: 11pt">Awesome. I'm sure this will be for her when she gets older a trip of a lifetime.

http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gifPeace and Blessings http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif</span></span>

09-04-2008, 09:56 PM
Thanks for checking in again Sugar Shug!! This is such a LONG process as you know - loading all the pictures and narrowing them down!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif

I am a lucky Mom - I know that every trip we have taken in Likkle Mo's lifetime whether it was home to Jamaica, Cuba, Morocco, New York City, Toronto, China or wherever, because she is such a big part of the planning and journey, she makes every trip a trip of a lifetime, and is grateful and shows gratitude. I am truly blessed that way - she soaks it all up!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/inlove1.gif

Here we go with some more!!

09-04-2008, 10:01 PM






09-04-2008, 10:07 PM
Mi a guh sleep now!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70394-sleeping.gif
More tomorrow!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/wavey.gif

09-05-2008, 09:33 AM
WOW ... most excellent!!

09-05-2008, 02:51 PM
This is the most awesome trip report I have ever read...thanks for sharing and you do indeed have a special child. Blessings.

09-05-2008, 03:09 PM
Thanks Laurel http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif
Thanks for looking and enjoying Reggae Ebony!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif
More to come tonight or tomorrow of Hong Kong!!

09-05-2008, 05:18 PM
Love the river cruise through the gorge.
These mountains there look like a kid drew them. They have some outlandish shapes.

How far from the city itself to get to the 'cool part' of the gorge?

09-05-2008, 08:05 PM
<span style="font-style: italic">*whew*</span> http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif

I'm all caught up http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif

I feel like I need a nap now http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/704555_dwl.gif

The river looks beautiful, did you swim? http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif

09-05-2008, 08:21 PM
You can enter the Li River from a lot of points from Guilin to Yangshuo. For example, right at Elephant Trunk Hill, there are a million little sampans, and larger cruise type boats that will take you 3-7 hours up the river and you can take a bus back (about 2-3 hours), or stay in Yangshuo and cruise back the next day or whenever... but you know mi - I don't like to do things the &quot;touristy way&quot;, so we took a bus about an hour outside Guilin and took a smaller, local boat up to Yangshuo. I like to try and support the smaller, independent operators (just like dung a Jamaica). But if you are pressed for time, you can get on any old boat in the harbour in Guilin, and it will also likely be cheaper due to the sheer size of those &quot;2-3 tier &quot;cruise boats&quot; that offer meals and air conditioning, etc.

When we were done at the minority village in Yangshuo (i'll post those pics next), we also took a little sampan boat down some of the little srms off the Li River and visited some Super interesting riverside villages. A few of them really reminded me of the likkle pockets of villages up the Black River. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/proud_jamaica.gif

09-05-2008, 08:24 PM
Hey Bandy... welcome!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif
There were lots of naked children swimming along the riverside in different spots, but it looked still way too full of fuel (diesel mostly) for me to feel comfortable swimming in it. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70394-bawlout.gifSoooo many boats going up and down the river all day and night. The river is used for transportation between some different places as well, so it was really busy in certain spots.

09-05-2008, 09:13 PM
as lovely as the river looks - I agree - I would be hard pressed to swim in such a highly traffic'd river.

not like a river uppa bush - but still, so incredible in itself ~

beautiful ~

that Dawta ... http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70384-praying.gif **sigh** too sweet she is!

09-06-2008, 07:54 AM
So how many years before you lowe Likkle Mo fi sign up for Boardlane so we can hear her impressions from lands far away? http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70384-praying.gif

09-06-2008, 10:24 AM
Yu nuh easy Magic... http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif
She nah stop chat if mi did get har on da board!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/bannana_purple.gif
She would tek ova de lane!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif
But you have a good point... her perspective is often different than what I think it is... if SHE is asked that is!!
I hope one day to meet you one of the places we travel - maybe Jordan or something familiar to you, and you and she can sit and reason for a likkle while, and you can show us one of your favorite places!!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/notworthy.gif

09-06-2008, 10:25 AM
Tonks for the compliment LulaBell!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif

09-06-2008, 04:47 PM
Mo, what an awesome trip to have taken with Little Mo. Great stuff. She is so precious and so good of you to open her up to the big, beautiful world that encompasses us. She will be the better for it. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

09-09-2008, 08:01 AM
Mo &amp; Likle Mo!!! I'm just catching up. Amazing!!
You are braver women than I!!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/notworthy.gif What an adventure!

You &amp; Sugar Shug should plan your next adventure together. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

By the way, Likkle Mo is a beauty indeed. Inside as well as out. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif

09-09-2008, 09:58 AM
Thanks Q.K. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif That's nice of you to say!! And that's a good idea!! Shugar Shug's little Miss looks to be close in age to my Likkle Mo, and just as fun...hmmmm. MAybe we'll have someone to visit in Panama one day!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif

Churchgirl - thanks for your kind words too!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif

I am home today, and I WILL finish posting the minority village in Yangshuo and Hong Kong as well!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70384-praying.gif

09-09-2008, 10:50 AM
Okay, so we are moving on....
After 4.5 hours travelling up the Li River, I decided to get off in Yangshuo which was supposed to be an interesting, rural area.

We went first to the local market and bought some lovely Chinese silk scarves for Likkle Mo's Gramma, and some water and snacks. (Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of the market - which I still am amazed at), but it was just your average, packed, hot market and that is probably why. After being on the river in the heat, I think I just wanted to get a few likkle tings and grab a bus to go to a minority village outside Yangshuo, which is what we did.

This little village totally sustains itself. Everyone lives together and has a different trade that they are good at which helps sustain the littl community. Some are butchers, some dry and carve the bones of the animals for combs, knives, etc, some of the women work the looms and make the cloths that they use for clothers, some carve wood, some cook, some farm and work the vegetable fields and rice paddys.... VERY hard working and independent people. China still has approximately 33 different minorities that are recognized and able to live on their own terms in their own villages - this is one of them.

We took a bus about 30 minutes from Yaghshuo and then had to take a little sampan about 20 minutes up a little finger of the river off the Li River to get to the village.

These first pictures are of getting to the likkle village - scenery and such!

Enjoy! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif














09-09-2008, 10:54 AM
Not sure why the last 3 didn't take, but here they are...




09-09-2008, 11:19 AM
Here are some from inside the village - although, I didn't take many as many of the people did NOT want their pictures taken, and I respected their wishes that way!






09-09-2008, 11:21 AM
These photos are of the scenery in and around the village...







09-09-2008, 11:38 AM
This is the plane that we took from Guilin to Shenzen, which was our last point in China before we got on another local bus to take us over the border into Hong Kong.


Unlike commuter planes in North America, even for this flight of only 40 minutes, we were given a hot sandwich, bottle of water and piece of fruit. These were the size of planes that we took most on our journey throughout China. They were a relatively cheap means of transportation, and really, in a country so HUGE, you need to take a plane to get around if you want to cover a lot of ground.

Later or tonight I will post some pictures of Hong Kong!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/bannana_purple.gif

09-09-2008, 04:55 PM
Those mountains in the Guilin area are out of this world. They look like someone planted them there on purpose and they could fall any time now.

The plane is a Boeing 737-700 with optional $900,000 blended winglets which give the plane 2% better gas mileage. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

09-09-2008, 10:40 PM
Yes Magic... those likkle planes were a pretty sweet ride!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

And the mountains in this area of China sure were out of this world! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif It was almost like we set down into Willy Wonka's factory - those mountains are absolutely unbelieveable, and they are everywhere!! There were a lot of mountains in China, but there, there were just random blobs of mountains everywhere!! Very surreal!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/notworthy.gif

09-09-2008, 11:05 PM
Oh for fun! I am so thankful that you took the time to share your journey with us! I still can't get over likkle Mo all grown so. What a lucky young lady she is to have a mom like you who shares these kinds of adventures with her to so many parts of the world! Kudo's to you mo_fire!!!!


The photos are FAB!!!!!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

09-10-2008, 09:58 AM
Thanks Nanook... http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif Lang time no talk - how are tings up in your neck of the woods?? Hope all is well with you!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif

09-10-2008, 11:44 AM
waiting for Hong Kong http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif

09-10-2008, 10:37 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: mo_fire</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Thanks Nanook... http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif Lang time no talk - how are tings up in your neck of the woods?? Hope all is well with you!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif </div></div>

Hey mo_fire! Things are great but a bit too busy. Waiting on some fall colors which have already started a little, and looking forward to long winter days sitting by the fire, meaning things will slow down! I am still in utter disbelief how much likkl_mo has grown so! Just yesterday she was a baby! She's a doll! Good job!!!!


09-13-2008, 12:39 AM
Mo_Fire I read this quote tonight and it made me think of you and Lil Mo http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/blushing2.gif

<span style="font-style: italic">&quot;Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.&quot;

~John Muir (1838-1914)~ </span>


09-13-2008, 09:47 AM
Oh Bandanna... How wonderful!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif
I love it - and reading it just gave me goosebumps because that is EXACTLY what brought tears streaming down my face at the Golden Summit of Mt. Emeishan (the pictures of the golden Buddha)... I love it, thank you SO much for sharing this. I am going to print it out and put it on the fridge. And I am going to head over to the library today or hit the net and see what else I can find about this writer.
Just beautiful!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/blushing2.gif

Now, for you, I will finish my post, and post Hong Kong today!
Thanks Bandy!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif

09-13-2008, 10:13 AM
Likkle Mo &amp; I took the bus from Shenzen China to Hong Kong. This was our first glimpse (from the bus) of the HUGE shipping yards and industry that makes Hong Kong the #1 hub of the import/export industry in the world! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif


09-13-2008, 10:17 AM
We stayed at the Metropark Hotel Kowloon (we splurged after going mostly low budget hostel-like accomodations for most of China)... it was awesome! Great part of Kowloon, and withing walking distance to lots of interesting places, and close to the main subway lines!

From the rooftop - where the pool was! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif I took this picture. There was another apartment highrise being built. I had seen documentaries about how they use all bamboo acaffolding in Hong Kong to built highrises, etc. But I never actually believed it. This shows it is true. And the workers actually shimmy up the scaffolding and work - it is CRAZY!!

To give you perspective, the rooftop pool was on the 22nd floor of our hotel. This was next door, and almost to that height.


09-13-2008, 10:27 AM
Magic.. these next few are for you for the next time you are in Hong Kong! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif Remember how I was telling you that we had heard about the Goldfish Market?? Well, we found it. It was actually about a 20 minute walk from where we were staying, and so it was a good first day in Hong Kong walking the neighbourhood kind of thing to do. It was about 5 city blocks of fish and aquarium stores where everyone went to buy stuff for their ponds and gardens. They really take this pond/garden stuff seriously all over China and Hong Kong. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

Anyway, oddly enough, it led right into the &quot;Flower Markets&quot; which were another 4-5 blocks of the most wonderful fragrances and shops of orchids, lilies, flowers of all kinds and again, plants for ther ponds and gardens! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/blushing2.gif

And to top it all off, after walking down all of those blocks, we happen upon the &quot;Bird Market&quot;... again, another 2-3 block area full of ornate bird cages, birds of all kinds, crickets and bugs or feeding the birds, etc. Likkle Mo was in heaven with all the bugs and stuff!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/bannana_purple.gif She ended up buying a cool little babboo cricket cage which she has been finding pets for since we got home!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif

All in all, this &quot;walk through&quot; the hood kept us busy, and our eyes full of wonder and amazement for the better part of the afternoon!! Check it out next time you are there. It was great!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/notworthy.gif

<span style="font-weight: bold">&quot;The Goldfish Street&quot; </span>




09-13-2008, 10:30 AM
Also lots of turtles for the ponds - a symbol of &quot;longevity&quot;


09-13-2008, 10:54 AM
<span style="font-weight: bold">The Flower Markets - &quot;Flower Street&quot;</span>





This was the one arrangement Likkle Mo wished she could bring home for Gramma!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/blushing2.gif There were some really GREAT and unique arrangements! Flowers are BIG business in Hong Kong!!



09-13-2008, 10:57 AM
<span style="font-weight: bold">The &quot;Bird Market&quot;</span>

I was not able to take (or sneak) and pictures of the different birds.... they kept telling me that the flash would blind the birds - and well, who am I to go around blinding birds??? http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif





09-13-2008, 10:59 AM
We hit <span style="font-weight: bold">&quot;Ladies Street&quot;</span> on the walk back to the hotel... it is your basic street market that sells TONS of knock offs for REALLY cheap!!

Likkle Mo by this point was getting a real bang for her bucks!!


09-13-2008, 11:01 AM
Well it's Satday mawnin, and me an Likkle Mo have fe go market now!! More of Hong Kong layta!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/breakdance.gif

09-13-2008, 12:20 PM
Wow! Amazing! That had to be a blast! Were shop keepers aggressive trying to get you to come have a look or to buy?

09-13-2008, 12:52 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: mo_fire</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Oh Bandanna... How wonderful!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif
I love it - and reading it just gave me goosebumps because that is EXACTLY what brought tears streaming down my face at the Golden Summit of Mt. Emeishan (the pictures of the golden Buddha)... I love it, thank you SO much for sharing this. I am going to print it out and put it on the fridge. And I am going to head over to the library today or hit the net and see what else I can find about this writer.
Just beautiful!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/blushing2.gif

Now, for you, I will finish my post, and post Hong Kong today!
Thanks Bandy!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif </div></div>


Mo_Fire you juss mek mi cry first ting on a Saturday morning http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70388-shameonyou.gif http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70394-bawlout.gif http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/inlove1.gif

Your writing and pictures of that day will forever be etched in my mind. It was the exact moment I thought of when I read that quote.

I am glad I posted it and I am even more thankful for you sharing your experiences with us.

Have a wonderful blessed day!

Tell likkle Mo I said http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif


09-13-2008, 02:59 PM
Interesting question Nanook... http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70402-thinking.gif
In mainland China, the markets were just glad to get business of any kind, and then in Hong Kong, I was quick to notice that it is a place that is build on commerce, so yes, any &quot;markets&quot; or shopping places really had the hard sellers picking at you, but at the same time, the markets (like many other places in the world) are built on haggling which can be a really fun sport! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif Likkle Mo sure did have that art down to a science... she knew just when to say no and walk away to get the deal she wanted!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/704555_dwl.gif

09-13-2008, 03:06 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: BanDanna</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: mo_fire</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Oh Bandanna... How wonderful!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif
I love it - and reading it just gave me goosebumps because that is EXACTLY what brought tears streaming down my face at the Golden Summit of Mt. Emeishan (the pictures of the golden Buddha)... I love it, thank you SO much for sharing this. I am going to print it out and put it on the fridge. And I am going to head over to the library today or hit the net and see what else I can find about this writer.
Just beautiful!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/blushing2.gif

Now, for you, I will finish my post, and post Hong Kong today!
Thanks Bandy!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif </div></div>


Mo_Fire you juss mek mi cry first ting on a Saturday morning http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70388-shameonyou.gif http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70394-bawlout.gif http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/inlove1.gif

Your writing and pictures of that day will forever be etched in my mind. It was the exact moment I thought of when I read that quote.

I am glad I posted it and I am even more thankful for you sharing your experiences with us.

Have a wonderful blessed day!

Tell likkle Mo I said http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif



I could tell exactly that you &quot;got&quot; how important that part of our trip was, and that you sent me that quote for that! But it's neat that you could confirm it for me! Thanks again... http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif
We just got in, but I hope to post a little more of Hong Kong later today... Photobucket takes sooooo long though!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/mad2.gif

09-13-2008, 03:13 PM
Believe me, I understand the labor of love that is trip reports http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif

Take your time... we will be here http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif


09-13-2008, 08:28 PM
Old Clocktower - Kowloon, Hong Kong


09-13-2008, 08:37 PM
By the end of Day # 1 in Hong Kong, I had to suprise the kid and take her for some decent &quot;western&quot; food - she must have lost 10 pounds in China with no milk, cheese and meat!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif She was so protein deprived.... so Mama took her to Hard Rock Hong Kong, and it was like the SUPRISE of the trip for her... she ordered the biggest grilled cheese (and ordered extra cheese on it) and french fries and drank one glass of white milk and one glass of chocolate milk... she was in heaven!!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/inlove1.gif

Compared to the many Hard Rock's that we have visited around the world, it was pretty lame (mostly unsigned Beatles stuff which was cool, but not necessarily authentic).. but we can cross another one off the list!!





09-13-2008, 08:41 PM
After Likkle Mo had a good feed, and Mama had a couple Purple Hazes (YUM http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif ) we headed down Canton Rd. to Victoria Harbour for the nightle sound and light show... it was okay, but so humid, muggy, and smoggy!!!

En route, we walked past the Hong Kong Olympic Park where Clara had to have a picture with the &quot;olympic Dudes&quot; which is what she called them everywhere that she saw them throughout China and Hong Kong... Man, they were EVERYWHERE!!


09-13-2008, 08:42 PM
Tomorrow... I will take you to on a ferry across to Hong Kong Island, and you will see Victoria Peak, and Stanley Market! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/bannana_purple.gif


09-15-2008, 10:00 AM
Here are an attempt of capturing the nightly Sound &amp; Light Show in Victoria Harbour (looking towards Hong Kong Island)


09-15-2008, 10:14 AM
ext morning, it looked like it might rain, but after a few weeks in China, I realized it was likely humidity &amp; smog... or, if it was going to rain, it would be a quick downpour and everything would be back to normal, so we set out to check out the panoramic views from atop Victoria Peak (on Hong Kong Island).

We headed down to catch the Star Ferry across (takes about 10 minutes).... here is our first views during daylight hours:






09-15-2008, 10:22 AM
Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Island were very easy to navigate with a local map and using public transport (read: WAY easier than China http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif )

Magic had given me the tip of taking the double decker bus up to Victoria Peak with likkle Mo. It was definitely fun. It reminded me a lot of driving around Jamaica... a lot of hairpin curves going up up up the mountain with all of it's lush greenery, etc.

Anyway, this picture shows you the type of bus we took a lot in Hong Kong - we always sat up at the top, front of the bus so we could see everything from up high... so we were behing this other bus and I thought I would take a picture...

Also, with regard to public transport in H.K., I must say, it was one of the best transportation systems I have seen in any of my world travels... the subways were so clean you could eat off the floor, all buses and subways have air-conditioning and T.V.'s - I think likely because most of Hong Kong is always in transit....


09-15-2008, 10:32 AM
View on our way up the mountain on the bus...


Not everything in Hong Kong was GREY... because of the humidity was actually lush and green.. this was where we got off the bus:


09-15-2008, 10:37 AM
very kool ... still taggin along ~


09-15-2008, 10:41 AM
When you get off the bus at Victoria Peak, there are a few little shopping centers selling fast food and over-priced trinkets. If you want to get to the actual &quot;eak&quot; lookout platform, you go into a building and go up about 8 escalators (8 stories) to the platform (it cost extra).

This picture is looking down from the platform at where we got off the bus:


I can see how this would normally be a lovely way to see a panoramic view of Hong Kong (mainland and island), unfortunately for the smog and humidity when we went up, it was not that spectacular - we could barely see Victoria Harbour, forget about Hong Kong Mainland. A lot of people visit the Peak at night too to view the nightly light show, but for us, one trip up was enough. I didn't take too many pictures because like I said, we couldn't really see that much the day we went up:




09-15-2008, 10:57 AM
After we had enough of the Peak, we grabbed a bite to eat, and we headed down the mountain by bus so Likkle Mo could do some shopping at Stanley Market (Magic's recommendation - again, thanks Magic http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif )

Here's the view from the bus going down the mountain:


Stanley Market... your typical great bargain shopping for trinkets market:


When we had enough shopping, we took a walk around the area because I could smell the South China Sea, and needed to be near it... Oh how I miss living by the ocean...

We walked down this likke side street to get to the sea, and I could not believe how big this old tree was. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif I made Likkle Mo stand in front of it to give some perspective as to how HUGE it actually was, and how much of it has obviously been washed away by the sea over the years...


<span style="font-weight: bold">
First Glimpse at the South China Sea:</span>



09-15-2008, 10:59 AM
More of Hong Kong to come later....

09-15-2008, 09:14 PM
Alrite! We reach Hong Kong! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/bannana_purple.gif

I'm convinced Hong Kong was designed by a man and for men! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/notworthy.gif

You have a dedicated street for everything, which makes shopping for something real nice easy and efficient.

First you drop of the wife/GF at &quot;Ladies Street&quot;.

Then you proceed solo to Sneakers Street, Goldfish Street, Camera Street, Cell Phone Street, TV Street, Car Accesories Street or any other street designed for men to get what they need.

Then you pick up the wife/GF from Ladies Street and go home.
And both of you are happy.

I love Hong Kong! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

Sugar Shug
09-15-2008, 10:23 PM
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Awesome, awesome trip report. I'm so appreciative and definetly adding it to the list. The list is like 2 pages now, but it's on the list http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif.

How was it in terms of communicating with people?

http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gifPeace and Blessings http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif</span></span>

09-16-2008, 07:27 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Magix</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Alrite! We reach Hong Kong! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/bannana_purple.gif

I'm convinced Hong Kong was designed by a man and for men! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/notworthy.gif

You have a dedicated street for everything, which makes shopping for something real nice easy and efficient.

First you drop of the wife/GF at &quot;Ladies Street&quot;.

Then you proceed solo to Sneakers Street, Goldfish Street, Camera Street, Cell Phone Street, TV Street, Car Accesories Street or any other street designed for men to get what they need.

Then you pick up the wife/GF from Ladies Street and go home.
And both of you are happy.

I love Hong Kong! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif </div></div>

Fe tru Magic!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/dance01.gif
But do you know what Likkle Mo's favorite street was?? (And oddly enought it was one street over from our hotel on our walking route the the rest)
&quot;Designer Dog&quot; street - I kid you not, it was a whole loooong street dedicated to shop after shop of designer (and likely puppy mill - eew) dogs!
Poor kid wanted to take them all home!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70384-praying.gif

09-16-2008, 07:33 AM
Yes Sugar Shug, Hong Kong was great! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif And definitely family friendly!
It does NOT compare to mainland China in many ways at all. Mainland China, we could not communicate at all (or very little anyway), and H.K. is at least 50% english speaking from being under British rule for so many decades.
China - no dairy, cheese, western foods for kids - Hong Kong, Western food options everywhere, good, safe pasturized milk, etc.

China, very tricky in terms of travelling around the country (although I suppose we made it, didn't we?? http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif ) Hong Kong - very efficient, New York-like grid system, very clean transportation, very on-time, I found very easy to navigate, and I felt very safe zipping around here and there. 8 million Hong Kongers depend on the transportation systems every day - I guess it better be efficient. And really? It is very cheap to get around too!

Also, H.K. is very easy to get to all the surrounding islands by ferry. They run often and are very clean and safe too!!

Put it on the list for sure!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/notworthy.gif

I'll try to post Ocean PArk, Sha Tin and Po Lin Monesterys later after work - but for now, mi gone!!

Tonks for checking in!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif

09-16-2008, 11:30 AM
Hong Kong is a good introduction to China Sugar. It's got the Chinese flavour, but at the same time it has English signs and many people speak English and it runs like London.

I have to look for desgner puppy street next time Mo.
But first, I need to get a HKG trip and stock up at Sneakers Street. Those trips are hard to get though!

09-16-2008, 12:56 PM
Me and Likkle Mo definitely stocked up on funky Converse All Stars on Sneaker Street!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gifI though we were walking in style until I saw our (cheap) options there!!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/dance01.gif

09-20-2008, 11:17 AM
Well, I am going to get back at posting a few more pictures today... what a process trying to just pick a few photos from so many incredible places!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif

Anyway, this first one if the Central Pier on the Hong Kong Island side... it is there the Ferries take you from the Kowloon side (where I posted the picture of the Clocktower) over to Hong Kong Island. This is also where you would board different ferries to go to the outlying islands - Lantau, Macau, etc.

The reason I took this picture is because I wonder if I took the same picture 10 years from now, if there will still be a ferry terminal. The way they continue to build up out of the ocean to get &quot;more space&quot; to build on is shocking! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif I wonder if eventually the two places will be connected by land.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Pulling up to the Central Pier</span>



<span style="font-weight: bold">Now check this out - this is what is happening all around the Central Pier....</span>



09-20-2008, 12:07 PM
On the Wednesday morning that we were in Hong Kong, it was rainy and gray, so we needed to find something to do....

I suggested the Hong Kong Art Gallery. It seemed like a good, air conditioned outing. Plus we love different kinds of Art, and thought this would be representative of the Art in Hong Kong and surrounding areas.

As it turns out, on Wednesday mornings, admission is free to the Art Gallery - so it was an extra jackpot!! Unfortunately, we were not permitted to take pictures in certain halls (like calligraphy and paintings due to damaging aged paper and ink, etc.), but we did take some pictures of some other interesting things. Plus there were some interactive activities for Likkle Mo that were great too, like impression print making and embossing, water calligraphy, etc.

It was a great way to spend a couple of hours, and I highly recommend The Hong Kong Art Gallery for others which is right down my the harbour, so easy to get to also. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

<span style="font-weight: bold">Likkle Mo sure did like Buddhas of all kinds on this trip!</span>





<span style="font-weight: bold">Likkle Mo loved this piece then she read that it was an olden day urinal pot...</span>


<span style="font-weight: bold">Likkle Mo stamping before embossing</span>


<span style="font-weight: bold">Likkle Mo doing some water calligraphy</span>


09-20-2008, 12:08 PM
More later... Sha Tin Temple, Ocean Park, streetscapes, etc....

09-22-2008, 06:58 AM

09-22-2008, 09:19 PM
Tonks Magic!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif

Now, sorry for the delay - Likkle Mo finally got her puppy on Satday - a likkle girl named ROXY http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/inlove1.gif - a Scottie Dog, and I have had NO time to continue here...

So where was I???

Next, we took a subway up to Lok Fu to go to Wong Tai Sin Temple which is the place that packs in more worshippers in Hong Kong than any other - and it's a mix of Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian. Tons of eye-watering incense, temples full of kneeling worshippers rattling Joss Sticks to have read by the fortune tellers (including Likkle Mo &amp; I)... it was a real, authentic, eye-opening look at these cultures and popular Chinese religions.









09-22-2008, 09:21 PM
And here are a few common streetscapes/market streets in the Kowloon section of Hong Kong...




More to follow... stay tuned!!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif

09-22-2008, 10:20 PM
Hey Mo, did the crowds a ppl in HKG bother you?

That's my only complaint with the city. All the streets are always full of people to the point where it makes walking difficult unless you embrace the bulldozer approach to walking. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/fight.gif

Worse still when its raining, and everybody trying jook fi yuh yeye out wid di umbrella! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70394-bawlout.gif

The place full up eeh!

09-23-2008, 07:32 AM
Yes... the crowds dem unbelieveable fe tru!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif
I learned a long time ago how to walk with an elbow out to get a little more space... but in Hong Kong, you don't even have enough space to do that!!
I was more concerned with likkle Mo's height, and her being steamplowed under!! And the fears of losing her in one of thise crowds was very real as well!
We had a real good emergency plan if that happened (which fortunately we didn't have to use), and for the rest, she had to hold my hand tight, and walk behing me so I could steamplow through the masses, and at least her toes were saved.

So I guess you could say, I was okay. It made Likkle Mo a likkle nervous though. That plus all the coughing in close quarters. You can't really get away from that and the smoke very well... no wonder I had a cold the last 3 days in H.K....

It definitely would not deter me from going back though... LOVED it there! And now at least we know what we face in going there!!

How about you with the crowds??

09-25-2008, 12:24 AM
This has been such a wonderful adventure to read about! Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us. A labor of love that is much appreciated!

(((Mo_fire &amp; likkle Mo))). Remarkable. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/notworthy.gif


09-25-2008, 09:34 AM
Thanks Nanook... There is still a couple days in Hong Kong to come... likely on the weekend when things aren't so busy!!

I'll just keep you hanging a little longer!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif

09-25-2008, 09:42 AM
still tagging along ~

such a wonderful experience for you both ~

09-27-2008, 10:32 AM
Another shot from up top of a bus on our way to Ocean Park...


09-27-2008, 10:34 AM
A couple more of Victoria Harbour.... it was VERY humid and hazy for all of our 6 days in Hong Kong... Typhoon season also which was affecting the weather as there was one swirling around Taiwan while we were there...



<span style="font-weight: bold">Looking towards Hong Kong Island</span>



09-27-2008, 11:04 AM
So, I promised Likkle Mo that when we were finishing off our trip in Hong Kong, I would take her for one day to either Hong Kong Disney, or Ocean Park Hong Kong for a treat (and since she did so many of the places and things that &quot;I&quot; wanted to do and see on this incredible trip!).

Disney is almost shut down now due to low attendance and because it is not comparible to Disney's in other places (or so I have heard). Anyone we asked in H.K, or before going said for us not to waste our time. Ocean Park on the other hand, gets great reviews, has all sorts of rides like a major amusement park, and on top of that, it has an &quot;Ocean&quot; theme, which is great for people like us because we love sea creatures! Ocean Park has the largest underwater shark aquarium in the world, and when we were there, they also had a Jellyfish exhibit which was very cool, and 4 of the Panda from the Earthquake zone in China that we showed you earlier, had been brought here also, so they were neat to see. All in all a great day!

PLUS, I had heard that in taking the cable cars over the mountain to get into Ocean Park, you get the BEST view of the South China Sea (which Ocean Park is set upon). This was the absolute truth! Although I was a little nervous due to a malfunction last year where a cable car came loose and 3 people died, I figured it was likely safer than ever now due to serious repair! We decided to go for it!!

Here is our trip over the mountain in the cable cars... It took about 15 minutes and at times, I had to NOT look down!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif




09-27-2008, 11:07 AM
Me &amp; Likkle Mo up in the cable car...


09-27-2008, 11:17 AM
The following shots are of the South China Sea.... it was a beautiful, monochomatic blend of sea meeting the sky!

Some shots are from the cable car, and the later shots are from the edge of Ocean Park.









09-27-2008, 11:18 AM
More later kids!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/wavey.gif

09-27-2008, 11:29 AM
Oh for fun! I would love one of those cable car rides! Lookin forward to more later!

09-27-2008, 07:16 PM
Thanks for checking back Nanook! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif
I ws good for about 5-7 minutes, ans then as we started descending, I got a little dizzy!!!

Did I mention we had to take one back across too??? http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/sick.gif

09-27-2008, 07:36 PM
So needless to say, since it was just the two of us, I HAD to go on the rides with her http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/sick.gif I am NOT a rider! Also this meant I couldn't really take pictures of any rides except the following one that she could do herself...

The kid has always like her swings!!



<span style="font-weight: bold">The Double Dragon whizzing by... this picture does NOT do it justice - it was almost 3 minutes of terror!!</span> http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif


<span style="font-weight: bold">Bungee Trampoline - THAT looked fun!!</span>



<span style="font-weight: bold">Hot Air Balloon that was tethered to the ground, but went up pretty high!!</span>



<span style="font-weight: bold">Games...</span>



09-27-2008, 07:51 PM
The other parts of the day were spent looking at all of the great aquariums - I am not sure that these pictures turned out the best because they were all underwater, and dark, so the flash bounced off the glass... but we saw a few neat things like these two sea horses mating (How often do you see that???)


<span style="font-weight: bold">A few other neat aquariums of little fish and things...</span>




The shark and underwater aquariums were too hard to shoot in because they were too dark, but i highly recommend them if you ever go to Hong Kong - it was 5 levels of swesome sea creatures - sharks, sea turtles, HUGE grouper, bottom feeding flounders, and every other fish you can imagine!


09-27-2008, 07:59 PM
Now for the Jellies!!!
They had an awesome exhibit of over 50 types of jellyfish!! Again, it was hard to take pictures because the exhibit was in a darkened area, but you get the idea!





09-27-2008, 08:14 PM
Needless to say, other than the Olympics, Kung Ku Panda was VERY popular in China and Hong Kong this summer and they kind of used that as the theme for the Panda Exhibit at Ocean Park!! It was way better to see the pands in their natural habitat in Chengdu China, but we were glad that these ones were brought somewhere safe too!!





09-27-2008, 08:16 PM
Tomorrow, I will finish off our journey by taking you to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery - the wackiest bunch of gilded buddhas I have ever imagined seeing!!


09-27-2008, 09:36 PM
just joined back in again! If you dont mind a grown daughter who is nearly the same age you are, I wouldnt mind being adopted so I can travel like likkle mo http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70392-silly.gif

The shots of the jelli fish are pretty cool http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

09-28-2008, 10:45 AM
The more the merrier Mary Sunshine!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif I think Magic asked to be adopted as well as a few others - we could have a great old adventure next time couldn't we?? It's such a BIG world out there - so many places to see!!
http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/notworthy.gif I'll get the papers in order, and you are in for the next journey (although Mama needs to get an extra job or two to save up some more bucks first!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif )

09-28-2008, 10:56 AM
The following are statues on the &quot;Boulevard of Stars&quot; which runs along the waterfront of Victoria Harbour - Kowloon side - I didn't recognize most of them, but like everyone else, I found myself snapping pictures of the infamous Jackie Chan!!




09-28-2008, 11:10 AM
Well, this is it... the final outing of our amazing time away! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70394-bawlout.gif
We got on the subway to head north to the Sha Tin district. There are 8 million people in Hong Kong, plus the visitors... more than half of which use the subway at least once a day to get around.... BUSY!


But I would still say that it was the cleanest subway system I have ever seen. PLasma TV's in each car, air-conditioning, good maps, clean stations (including the bathrooms - I know, I would NEVER imagine letting Likkle Mo use a washroom in a subway station in NYC, Toronto, etc. but in Hong Kong, she actually used one, and it was clean!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif )

09-28-2008, 11:32 AM
We got off at our stop, and as soon as we got up to street level we were greeted with the largest IKEA http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/confused.gif I have ever seen, and seemed to be in a big commercial district... I thought perhaps I made my first miscalculation of Hong Kong because I didn't see any signage for this monastery, nor did I think it could be amidst this booming shopping area!!

But sure enough, I asked someone on the street, and pointed to the place in my guidebook, and they told us to walk about 10 minutes down the street we were on, hang a right, and we would see a sign. We followed these direction and saw the tiniest handwritten sign with an arrow.

It was about another 10 minute walk down what seemed like a dodgy side street which we contemplated NOT going down for fear of it being a &quot;robbing&quot; trap! But as I was making that decision, I saw a couple of monks walking towards me and Likkle Mo, and pointed to my guidebook knowing they would not speak, and they pointed us on with a smile.

So we forged on....

Apparently there could be peace and nature amidst the concrete jungle called Hong Kong!

We started seeing little signs warning about not going too close to or feeding the wild monkeys that we could
hear, but never ended up seeing...

Then, all of a sudden, we saw the path, and the stairs - sheesh, by this point, we had climbed soooo manystairs and so many mountains - we had said we would climb no more - but we saw the eccentric golden buddhas lining the paths, and we were hooked... so we started our climb past the 500 Buddhas (all different) up the winding stairs up to the Monestary...

09-28-2008, 11:36 AM


<span style="font-weight: bold">shrines along the way up</span>


They claim to have 500 buddhas lining the stairs, must be true because we lost count...




09-28-2008, 12:27 PM
s too nice a day to be inside any longer - I'll finish off later today!!

09-30-2008, 04:05 PM
Truly AMAZING! Wow.... I am LOVING your report and photos what an incredible trip to share with your daughter........Thank you for sharing!

More please! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70371-jump.gif

10-01-2008, 05:02 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: mo_fire</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The more the merrier Mary Sunshine!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif I think Magic asked to be adopted as well as a few others - we could have a great old adventure next time couldn't we?? It's such a BIG world out there - so many places to see!!
http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/notworthy.gif I'll get the papers in order, and you are in for the next journey (although Mama needs to get an extra job or two to save up some more bucks first!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif ) </div></div>

http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif

we can keep Magic cause then we can have someone to fly us around http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

seriously though, very cool report!

10-04-2008, 10:00 AM
Thanks Sammy http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif... Thanks Mary Sunshine! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif
Here comes the rest of the Ten Thousand Monestery....I seem to have found a few minutes to post!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

10-04-2008, 10:12 AM
I kid you not... this Monestery was the oddest one on all of our journey. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/confused.gif We stopped counting Buddhas at 200 on the walk up... and then at the top, there were even more!! I wish the pictures would do it justice, but I was not allowed to shoot photos in the temple using flash, and thus most of the pictures came out blurry!

But no word of a lie... the walls were made up of thousands of tiny, gold buddhas with cutouts for bigger, gilded buddhas... then there was the offering alter adorned with MORE buddhas, and the courtyard outside the temple lined with MORE Buddhas and pagodas holding MORE Buddhas... there was easily 10,000 Buddhas - and did I mention??? No two were the same??

Here is the inside of the temple:

<span style="font-weight: bold">Likkle Mo standing in front of buddhas and the offering alter</span>


<span style="font-weight: bold">offering alter</span>


<span style="font-weight: bold">walls of the temple</span>



10-04-2008, 10:16 AM
What I was trying to show in the last couple of blurry pictures, was that EACH one of the tiny 10,000 buddhas that lined the walls from floor to ceiling even had a little light (fake candle) in front of it.... I pity the monk that is in charge of changing those tiny bulbs as they burn out!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif

10-04-2008, 10:25 AM
The next pictures are of the different burning urns, offering places, pagodas and statues in the courtyard or on the monestery grounds...






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10-04-2008, 11:13 AM
We stayed at the monestery for a &quot;vegetarian&quot; lunch - which still to this day puzzles me!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70402-thinking.gif All the monesterys (and as you've seen, we visited LOTS of them) had &quot;vegetarian&quot; food available. Yet, most of the menu was made up of Chicken, and pork! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/confused.gif
Anyway, Likkle Mo had some sweet &amp; Sour Chicken, rice, and steamed veggies, and I had some of the vegetable spring rolls (YUM)!

After lunch, we decided to make our way down the long windy path, and back to the concrete jungle called Hong Kong.

Again... as you can see from the pictures taken on the way down, we were pretty high up and in &quot;nature&quot; considering that we are in an <span style="font-weight: bold"> urban city</span> of 8 million people!!

It was as if this little mountain of nature was the only remaining &quot;old country&quot; part of Hong Kong that remained other than in the outlying islands.

To give it a little perspective, it took us about 20 minutes to walk up to this monestery, and another 20-25 minutes to walk down! I figure, ten thousand buddhas, and about ten thousand stairs each way!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/crazy.gif

I swear I will never climb stairs or walls or mountains again after this trip!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70388-shameonyou.gif







10-04-2008, 09:47 PM
http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70458-applaud.gif Thanks so much for always sharing the wonderful trips you take with lil mo. Your daughters beauty and wonderment shine on thru your rich photos.
This location has got to be my favorite. . .so far http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif whats next?

the trunk is down http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: mo_fire</div><div class="ubbcode-body">
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/mofire/China%20-%20Summer%202008/HPIM4657.jpg </div></div>

10-05-2008, 09:33 AM
Thanks Rootsie!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif
Likkle Mo's next pick is Easter Island or Egypt/Isreal/Jordan....my next pick is Peru &amp; the Inca Ruins or Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam.... either pick is going to be a LANG way off unless I get another job or Likkle Mo comes into some cold, hard, cash!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/breakdance.gif Either way, the nicest part of the next trip is the dreaming and planning for it!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif WE just love to read about different places in the world together and different cultures and wait til the time (or money) is right!!

Thanks for sticking around and being patient with my posting!!

10-06-2008, 11:27 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: mo_fire</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The following are statues on the &quot;Boulevard of Stars&quot; which runs along the waterfront of Victoria Harbour - Kowloon side - I didn't recognize most of them, but like everyone else, I found myself snapping pictures of the infamous Jackie Chan!!


Actually this statue is of the legendary Bruce Lee (Li). No other martial artist can compare. Besides, Jackie is ripped, but not that ripped. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif Di man nuh have an ounce a fat pan him. Love di details of the sculpture. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

I can tell you two had an awesome trip you! Good stuff.

10-06-2008, 03:07 PM
Oh my goodness!! You are so right, and I can't believe I did that kind of typo!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif So rushed to load into photobucket and post - taking sooo long!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70394-sleeping.gif
Definitely NO comparison between the two, and I would be thrown into the Harbour if anybody in Hong Kong heard me say dat!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70390-shhh.gif

Tonks Churchgirl!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif

10-06-2008, 11:24 PM
Mo, I'm still amazed. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/notworthy.gif

Likkle mo seems like a happy camper. Thanks for sharing your adventure.
That elephant looks mad enoh... http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek.gif

10-07-2008, 07:37 AM
Q.K. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif Mi tink seh de elephant mad fe tru!! An maybe he fe run duppies an bad tings dem away fram de buddhas dem!!

Thanks for looking along... I have a few more to post, but this is what is keeping me from doing ting quickly!!!

<span style="font-weight: bold">Likkle Mo &amp; her new Puppy Roxy!!</span>


10-07-2008, 08:01 AM
Awwwww.... how cute!! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif

10-24-2008, 04:02 PM
Where's Nanook??? I posted the picture of the puppy for her since I know she loves dogs!!!