Hong Kong and “A Symphony of Lights”
As we arrived to Hong Kong, took a bus to the city, we realized we were in a different world… we were in China but not really… here is why:
Hong Kong is one of two special administrative regions (SARs) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It became a colony of the British Empire after the First Opium War; it was occupied by Japan during the Pacific War, after which the British resumed control until 1997, when China resumed sovereignty.
Even though Hong Kong is part of China, it has a different political system, an independent judiciary system, and a different currency, the Hong Kong dollar, which is the ninth most traded currency in the world… in other words is almost another country.
We were very excited, but Hong Kong is EXPENSIVE. All accommodations were expensive, we ended up staying in a hostel call HK Hostel. It was located in the 2nd and 3rd floors of an apartment building, we had suspicions it was an illegal hostel… hahaha. The owner/reception was very rough and not very accommodating. this had to be one of the worst hostel we stayed in…but we had no choice, unless we wanted to pay top prices.
The first day we were lucky and but we were upgraded to a private room, but after that we were moved to the dorms…stinky tiny dorms. We rested for a couple of hours watching a movie in english!!! after 3 week of only chinese, it really sounded appealing.
Later we decided to go looking for the Hard Rock Cafe for Dinner. We walked for a long time to discover that the HRC had close. I was disappointed, no shot glass for my collection. We walked to Victoria Harbour and we stumble upon a group of Christian Filipinos dancing a singing. After a few pictures, we heard an announcement for a show and we realized that we had found A Symphony of Lights show by chance. The lights show was really nice… but the music was kind of cheese. After the show, we returned to our hostel with a short stop at the supermarket.