Updated the map

27 July, 2006 at 20:29 (Uncategorized)

I’ve updated the map with some new points, basically just Hong Kong Island (pretty obvious anyway) and Kowloon.  I’ve also added a marker to show where i’m staying.  Actually the marker is on the building across the road from the dorms, the PolyU halls of residence building is the ‘H’ shaped building south of the marker.

I will try to add some more markers, perhaps one for Chungking, its just hard trying to get the latitude, longitute right with such accuracy. Hmm, maybe I can use google earth to get those details…  Will see how it goes.
Enjoy the view!

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Yindu cai zai Chungking mansion

27 July, 2006 at 20:25 (Hong Kong)

There is an infamous building in Hong Kong called the Chungking mansions, basically its a mixed use building comprising accomodation, food, shopping and who knows what else. Here, read about it yourself:

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/hongkong/0078024490.html

Anyhoo, friends in Hong Kong took me to an Indian place (Yindu cai = Indian cuisine) at Chungking early in my stay in Hong Kong and I liked it so much I decided to go back with some of my class mates.

The restaurant is called the Delhi Club, to get there you have to catch a dodgy (and tiny) elavator to the 4th floor. Upon exiting the elevator, there are basically two doors, one straight ahead, and one to your right. Inside these doors is the seating for the restaurant. But the thing is, there are no windows, its just like two private rooms in somebodies house (a windowless house). It must be such a firehazard, but that is part of the adventure of going there.

So, about six of was went and it was good to eat something different for a change. Plus the Indians that i’ve come across here all speak english really well, so ordering is no problem. The curries and naan were pretty good, not as good as Curry Curry though, that is supreme Yindu cai.

I will try to take some photos of Chungking if I go past there again, I didn’t have a camera when i went previously. A cool place with heaps of character, but I think I prefer staying in the Uni dorms :).

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Last day of summer school

27 July, 2006 at 20:08 (Uncategorized)

Well, today was the last day of summer school at PolyU, I can’t believe its been 4 weeks already! It’s strange how it feels like such a long time since I left Melbourne, yet it feels like only yesterday when I arrived in Hong Kong.

Anyway, its been great here, this programme is fantastic and living in Hong Kong has been a great experience. Great bunch of people who did the course, can’t remember if I’ve written this in another post or in a personal email. We had students from Germany, France, Sweden, the US, Canada, Korea, Norway, The Netherlands, Australia of course (including 3 of us from VU and 2 other guys from Sydney), where else…, yeh, England, Greece & Austria. So, very global but thanks to todays ‘mtv’ society (hmm), everyone got along really well and had alot in common.

Our final test for Putonghua was today and papers were also due in so it has been a fairly academic last couple of days for me. I wrote mine on the sustainable development of China and the need to pursue alternative routes to those taken by the west, putting in some Daoist and Confuciun philosophy for good measure. Although it wasn’t the best thing i’ve ever written (I only had about 2 weeks to work on it) it is not too bad, although not always following strict academic convention :).

Hmm, probably should write something else now, gotta try and bring some stories up from memory…

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Photos

23 July, 2006 at 13:52 (Uncategorized)

I should mention (since the album is not very sophisticated yet) that the photos I posted are from the following areas:

  •  View from my window at the dorms.
  • Inside the dorms (corridors etc)
  • On our way to Lantau
  • Bridge connecting Lantau island to kowloon peninsula (i think its the kowloon  peninsula)
  • Tai O Fishing village on Lantau island
  • Big Buddha on Lantau

    Can’t remember what else.  If I find a better (free) photo album which has comments, I will change to something like that so I can post comments about each photo.  Until then just use your imagination…

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…and breathe.

22 July, 2006 at 22:37 (Uncategorized)

Ok, so I havn’t updated the blog in a while. Basically we’ve been sooo busy here with school and activities that after taking time to send personal emails, I havn’t really had the time to write any blog entries.

Anyway, excuses aside, some sort of entry is overdue, and of course photos are overdue. Now that I finally have a digital camera, I can get an album started, so here goes:

http://www.occidentallyoriental.com/album/

Make sure you have a fast connection though, some of the shots are up to 3mb if they were taken at 6mp resolution. I went with the Fujifilm F30 and its taking brilliant photos so far…

Until next time (which might be a while since we have a test on wednesday and a paper due on thursday).

T.

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Photographica

11 July, 2006 at 0:27 (Uncategorized)

Got my first film from the SLR developed today, they came out beautifully.  Very well developed for about $7 aud.  People will get to see them when I return I guess, I will be building up an album, and will have plenty more to develop in the coming year.

Also, for more spontaneous snaps and blog related shots, I think I will be purchasing this digital camera:

http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital/lineup/f30/index.html

The reviews appear to be good, and its not too expensive, around $500 aud with a 512mb memory stick.

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NTA Part 3: Final

11 July, 2006 at 0:24 (Hong Kong)

Ok this series of posts about my NTA could drag on for a while, so I’ll keep this post brief and wrap things up.
After lunch, I found the 54K bus to take me to the wall villages…oh, what are the wall villages you say? Well, these are villages built by the locals up to 300 hundred years ago, for protection against bandits and other bad sorts. On the inside the walls are anywhere from half a metre to 2 metres tall, whilst on the other side they can be up to 4 metres tall. They also have port holes where you could fire arrows or projects of choice through, and some even have guard towers on each corner.

Having played follow the tourist, and alighted the 54K at the same stop as an elderly western looking couple and discovered that they actually lived inside a wall village. The husband had been living in asia for the past 50 or so years, and spoke about 6 languages. So, I had a drink at their house and then they showed me the way to a bus which took me to some Buddhist temple.

The temple was ok, but like other tourist places in China, it feels tacky because there are so many signs and protective covers everywhere that it loses part of the attraction in the first place. Oh well, it was still good, and being surrounded by mountains, was very scenic. I was only at this temple for about 30 minutes walking around the grounds, after which I decided to walk back the way I’d come (the bus only took about 5 or so minutes to get to the temple).

So, where am I…yeh, so, having walked back to the spot where I originally boarded the bus, I saw three tourist looking people, two of whom were Chinese. They looked a bit lost and as I walked near, they asked me if I knew where the wall villages were. As I had not found them myself, I told them so and knew only that there were wall villages all around us. Sorry, I should explain, there are some wall villages which are better preserved than others. The one the elderly couple lived in was build up more than others for example.

So, as I group, the four of us set out to find the well preserved wall towns. Fortuitiously, we saw a map nearby which outlined the Lung Yeuk Tau heritage tour trail which I had originally been seeking.  We visited two wall villages which were pretty nice, and well preserved, with the entire wall still intact and in good condition.  Quite a feat considering they were over 200 years old.  I should let everyone know however that, although well preserved, they are not unoccupied, people still live inside them, usually in more modern dwellings.

What else?  Well, we visited the two wall towns, then made our way back to the train station, which goes back to Kowloon.  However, we were a bit hungry by now, so decided to go out for dinner instead of heading back to town.  So, three of us (one had to leave), went out for dinner nearby at a local restaurant.  The two of them that I went out with were students at a University in Hong Kong, and were very nice, having been unofficial tour guides on the trip through the wall villages.

After dinner, they gave me a tour of their campus, which has its own train stop a few stops back towards town on the same line.  The University is called the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is huge! Check out the campus map for crikey sake:

After the tour we got back on the train and headed back towards Kowloon, although they got off a few stops before me.
Whoa, another post which went on for longer than I intended.  Hope it is somewhat coherent.

Till next time…

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NTA Part 2: Fanling Ancestor Temple

10 July, 2006 at 23:12 (Hong Kong)

My second stop for my New Territories trip was a place called Fanling (actually this was my second and final stop).

My visit to the Fanling ancestor temple was actually unplanned, I can’t remember the exact name of the temple,  but I think it was an ancestor temple, since there were photos of people everywhere in various rooms, with incense burning for them.  Some people also left fruit in bowls in-front of the photos.

Anyway, I only stumbled across this place because I was trying to find the 54K bus to take me to the Lung Yeuk Tau heritage tour trail, so I didn’t stay here long.

After the temple, I had lunch in the local shopping centre at some local fast food type place, it had pictures which was the clincher…

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