up on the hill one can overlook beautiful mansions and Hong
Kong's skyscrapers! Another recommended tour was the sampan
River Tour in the Aberdeen Harbour. It was a fun 15 minute ride
where students boarded a boat (sampan) and got to see a fishing
community who live on boats strung together in the harbour.
Shao-Lin students also got to do a little shopping at Stanley
Market near the beach.
Hong Kong is a very modern city, with modern facilities not
too different than home. Filled with the Oriental flair, language,
and people, it still delivered that "culture shock"
to first time travelers to China. It's a city of mass transportation.
Millions of taxis run the streets as virtually no one drives
their own car. Cost for a gallon of gasoline exceeds $5. Stores
will remind you of the China Towns in San Francisco, New York,
and Los Angeles - even the prices! Things tend to run a bit
high in Hong Kong, compared to other parts of China, and shopkeepers
are less willing to bargain with you. Many a beautiful martial
art statues came with stubborn price tags attached to them.
Coupled with the fact that students would have to lug around
their idols for another 14 days caused many to leave those statues
on the shelves... to the regret of a few.
were some great vegetarian restaurants in the area worth mentioning.
Most notably, Kung Tak Lam Shanghai Vegetarian Cuisine.
Shao-Lin students spent their early mornings in bed while others
congregated at the local park to practice T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Hsing-I
Ch'uan, Pa Kua Chang, or other Chi Kung and martial arts. A
local Sunday performance by nearby martial arts schools was
unimpressive and uninteresting, but made the Chinese Shao-Lin
Center students appreciate what they are learning at their home
thanks to Brad Woodcock for contributing to some of these pictures.