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Lucky me…

August 28th, 2007

Where do you think this is?

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After almost four months away from Hong Kong, what a delight it is to be back. Just the other day, I was sitting, as I often do with Angie, on the balcony of our Hong Kong apartment.

The night sky was dark blue, almost black, as it should be. Planes flying overhead twinkled smartly. Hong Kong’s sky scrapers seemed to touch the low-hanging, white clouds and made them light up against the sky. Cicadas chirped while the birds were asleep, resting in anticipation of the morning chorus that always accompanies my breakfast in the summer months.

Hong Kong is, today, China’s most brilliant city.

It has oceans, lakes and mountains in abundance. It is a landscape so splendid it that makes any nature lover marvel at the unique blend of metropolitan bustle and natural beauty that is Hong Kong.

Hong Kong has people as hard-working as any in China, people who break their backs to make a living.

Hong Kongers are governed by the rule of law, something that their brothers and sisters across the border, can, for the time being, only envy.

Hong Kong has a financial system that the mainland can only dream of.

Hong Kong lies at the heart of the world’s manufactory, the Pearl River Delta. Its future is bright.

I feel extremely lucky to be able to call it my home and anticipate the day when all of China, I hope, will be as transparent and radiate as brightly as Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient.

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This is the last entry about my unforgettable journey through China, but of course not the end of my writing or my life’s adventures. If you’d like to stay in touch with me, please email me at xinyizhen88@gmail.com . I would love to hear from you, in English or Chinese.

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Even though the above photos were not taken with my Nokia phone – they were taken a long time ago – it is still true that my journey would not have been possible without Nokia. Thank you.




As a symbol of an unforgettable journey….

August 26th, 2007

The seemingly endless, open road…like life, we never know what it will bring, but one thing is certain…by travelling it, we are the richer for it.

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One last thought yet to come…

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As a symbol of indomitable spirit…

August 25th, 2007

Hong Hong and her husband Wang Hao…

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If you haven’t read the original story, please see my visit to Hong Hong

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As a symbol of all the odd things I saw….

August 24th, 2007

Almost every day I saw things that baffled me…how can it be that this? why on earth that?

Let this gigantic load of hay on a tiny vehicle stand for all of these…

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Only just a handful more memories to go…

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As a symbol of all the good food I ate…

August 23rd, 2007

I hate hotpot is what I used to think…until I came to Chongqing! In every place I went, I made it a point of eating the local specialities…how well I ate during my journey!

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(And yet, after 96 days of eating nothing but Chinese food, I was looking forward to greater variety…Indian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Sri-Lankan, Mexican, Spanish, Italian, French…)

Six more memories to come…

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As a symbol of the hard-working people I met…

August 22nd, 2007

No comment needed, really…

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7 more memories to share….

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As a symbol of hospitality…

August 21st, 2007

Number 7 in my series of symbols…this one of all the families who have hosted me and extended to me their incredible hospitality…

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8 symbols to go…

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As a symbol of all the adventures…

August 20th, 2007

Number 6 of symbols, this photo reminding me of all the adventures of my journey and the help I’ve received from countless people whose names I don’t know…

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9 more symbols to come…

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As a symbol of all the beautiful places…

August 19th, 2007

As a symbol of all the beautiful places I’ve seen, here one in the Tibetan Plateau of Qinghai, not far from the source of the Yellow River…

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As a symbol of ugly sights…

August 18th, 2007

The third in my series of symbols… of a questionable choice between the pursuit of growth and concern for our natural environment …

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