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A Hong Kong landing

Nathan Street, Kowloon
Nathan Street, Kowloon

I had an extra long flight, so to break up the hours in the air, I decided to stop off in Hong Kong for a week.

Aishwarya Rai billboard, Kowloon
Aishwarya Rai billboard, Kowloon

I stepped out of a Kowloon shop with a new camera after dropping mine half an hour earlier and Aishwarya Rai’s famous face greeted me from her giant billboard.

Sunni mosque, Kowloon
Sunni mosque, Kowloon
Kowloon Park worker
Kowloon Park worker

Kowloon was not a beautiful part of town, but hidden close by a mosque, was Kowloon Park, clean, quiet, and beautifully maintained. Being the middle of summer, the shade was a welcomed retreat from the hot, steamy air.

I did little that first day after sitting on a nine-hour flight, except eat. Chinese food had never appealed to me but I discovered that, that was because I’d never eaten it in China. I can still picture the restaurant where I ate seven years back even though I don’t remember the food; only that it was fantastic.

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