Hong Kong is officially bilingual – Cantonese and English. Cantonese is one of the world’s most difficult languages for foreigners due to the use of tones (low, middle, high, rising neutral and falling). In Japan, we tried to learn a little of the language, but here in Hong Kong, we’re sticking to a combination of English and gestures and we’re having no problems.
We had another great day today. We set off this morning to travel up a steep hill behind central Hong Kong towards Victoria Peak. The good news is that the locals have built an outdoor escalator that carries people down the hill to work in the morning and at 10 am, they reverse the escalator to carry people up the hill for the rest of the day. So, we set off about 10 am, took the Star Ferry across the harbor (instead of the subway under the harbor that we took yesterday), walked to the bottom of the escalator, and rode the escalator about a half mile up the hill.
Rob and Donna – you should see if those trail angels might want to install an outdoor escalator for those extra steep parts of the Pacific Crest Trail. ;-)
1) What’s up with the lack of gingko trees in China?
2) Is there anything we own that we really need?