We are a little mixed up chronologically on the blog at this point, but it’s an accurate reflection of the chaos of our lives, so maybe it’s really just literary genius. Ha! If you want a really accurate, awesomely detailed account of the Jacobs trip, you should check out Mr’s blog here: http://mb2china.blogspot.com/ Before David’s miraculous meet-up with his parents in Guilin, I met them in Hong Kong on my visa run/family run and then again in Beijing after their journey to Xi’an. I blogged about my experiences in Hong Kong earlier, but not so much about my time with The Jacobs. So…without further ado:

After the Victoria Peak car ride adventure, I met up with the Jacobs in Aberdeen and were then whisked away to the Hong Kong Lifeguard’s Club, which also houses a great little somewhat Buddhist temple. I have to say, this was one of my favorite temples we have visited to date, as was set right in the middle of the beach and a portion of the ocean actually washed up into a ramp leading to the temple. It was pretty elaborately/garishly decorated with bright-colored mosaic tiles and statues, and was complete with a mini-bridge to walk over and extend your life. After Repulse Bay we were dropped off at Ocean Park amusement park…no comment except the Jellyfish exhibit was pretty cool.

The next morning we headed to the Wong Tai Sin temple in Kowloon. This temple looked similar to many we have experience, but exhibited a lot of unique cultural aspects such as Falun Gong demonstrators and various types of fortune telling stalls with readers who would tell you your future based on everything from wooden stick readings to your facial features. We also participated in surveys for a school group English-learning field trip, very cute. Next up, the Wan Chai district markets. We saw the bird market, which seemed to have more cages and grasshoppers than birds, and made me a little sad for all the caged birds and squished grasshoppers. We also visited the flower market and a street filled with all sorts of fish, in bags, bowls, tanks, etc! I think the highlight for all was just walking around these authentically Chinese districts and checking out the every day vegetable markets and incredible amount of signage in downtown Hong Kong. This night we went back up to the peak to do the Peak Circuit, view the city lit up and eat at the famous Peak Lookout restaurant. Although the views certainly disappoint, the restaurant was beautiful but expensive and over-rated in our opinion. We took the Peak Tram down, and I said goodbye to the Jacobs until Beijing!

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