If you tried contacting me via Facebook last week, I am sorry you couldn’t reach me because I was in Hong Kong and Facebook is banned over there. A few months ago I participated in a competition, more like a quiz, on how well do you know Hong Kong? Months later, I received an email stating that I was one of the 10 people who won the Tour Hong Kong competition, my excitement was high, an exhilaration of a dream come true; I barely believed it. Winning this competition was just what I needed; a fun and adventurous tour with a soothing calmness, nature-embracing getaway. My best holiday vacation so far… Hong Kong is a complete package.
From the airport, I saw that the Chinese are people with high etiquettes. I saw it in their light handshakes, to their modest dressing and to their polite and good manners. Unlike me who was just looking forward to an unforgettable moment, some of my tour mates were on a different agenda. They wanted to know about the history of Hong Kong. From their helpful inquisitiveness, I learnt that Hong Kong was under the British colony and has served as a center of international trade since then.
There are a million things to do in Hong Kong. However, no one goes to Hong Kong without visiting Victoria’s peak. This is Hong Kong’s largest tourist attraction that attracts about 11 000 tourists per day. It has just the perfect view of the majestic city. We began with the Peak Tram, an amazing ride that gives you a splendid view of Hong Kong. We later went to The Peak tour which is about 396 meters above sea level. I am still astonished by the architecture of the peak tour. It is an avalanche of creativity and innovation.
Hong Kong’s Disneyland will forever be stuck in my mind; we spent the whole day there because it has 7 lands. FantasyLand was my favorite; it felt so good to be twelve again. We went on a tour around Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, had spins and twirls in round and round extra-large teacups, merry go rounds on Cinderella’s Carousal and a boat ride of joyful Walt Disney characters singing, extreme entertainment. Another electrifying activity we tried was the Ngong Ping 360, a crystal cabin car ride, the bottom is made of glass, and looking down through it gave me thrills.
The Ladies Market was my undeniable highlight; it is a 1 kilometer stretch with over 100 stalls of bargain clothing and accessories. I still don’t get why it’s called the Ladies market because apart from the huge amounts of woman clothing and accessories it has, there are also watches, cosmetics, electronics, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets, nearly everything. Most tourists buy their souvenirs and gifts from there because of their unique products. My favorite meal was the Dim Sums; they are dumplings of shrimp, beef or barbecue buns. We had them on our way to The Ladies market, their common snacks to either have for breakfast or lunch. I enjoyed trying to gobble the dumplings in my mouth with the chopsticks. Did you know that Chinese use almost 45 billion chopsticks a year? They eat almost everything with chopsticks.
There’s one major downside though… With all the great stuff the city had to offer, I still think it will be much more attractive if they allow people to practice their ‘’religion’’ of choice freely. As a Christian, one of the things I look forward to when going to any new place is meeting my fellow brethren and doing Christian activities like sharing the word, praying together and singing praise and worship songs. However, that wasn’t possible during my stay. A day is never complete and cannot be more fulfilling without doing the things which are required for your spiritual growth. No one likes feeling bound or subject to laws, individuals have the right to choose and to express themselves.
In recent years, the Communist Party has looked with distrust on organizations with international ties; it tends to associate Christianity with subversive Western values, and has closed churches and schools. In 2015, Hong Kong became a center of anti-Christian government activism.
Biko, citizens should not be deprived of their personal enrichment. If the majority 90% is able to practice their religion freely why can’t the 10% Christians also get the same privilege? The city will be much more attractive if tourists can feel at home away from home.