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"People who don´t have much are capable of stunning generosity. " -- Kevin Fattor

269--Hong Kong: New Year 2005
@ CherieSpotting     Jan 05 2005 - 16:30 PST
cherie writes: Margaret, a friend from San Francisco, flew into Hong Kong to meet Scott (high-school buddy) and me for New Years. After traveling through China on a shoe-string budget, Scott and I were happy to be at the lovely hotel that Margaret booked for us in Hong Kong. It’s great to be in a new city with old friends.

By the way, according to me, Hong Kong is NOT a part of China. (First—Hong Kongers have their own passports. If Hong Kong is a part of China, then why do the residents need different passports? Second—tourists need a different visa to get into Hong Kong than into China. Furthermore, the currency of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar while the Chinese use the Yuan. All those things taken into consideration—I am convinced that Hong Kong is a different country!)

Margaret, Scott and I funneled into the crowded Hong Kong streets and celebrated with a group thousands of people who weren’t quite sure what to do on New Years. Perhaps that is because many observe the Chinese New Year (which falls on Feb. 9, 2005) this year. Everyone piled into the streets and I thought there would be a count-down or fireworks or something…but there was nothing—just thousands of people staring at each other. Five minutes after the New Year, we started screaming and yelping because we realized our watches weren’t wrong…no one was going to do anything. A few Hong Kongers with Afros joined in and started to yell. It was the first time I ever rang in the New Year with an Asian with an Afro.

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Cherie, Scott and Margaret celebrate the 2005 New Year in Hong Kong.

Cherie, Scott and Margaret celebrate the 2005 New Year in Hong Kong.

Margaret and Scott on Nathan Road.

Margaret and Scott on Nathan Road.

Busy Hong Kong streets.

Busy Hong Kong streets.

Doesn't every big city have flamingoes?

Doesn't every big city have flamingoes?

Hong Kong is full of beautiful parks nestled between sky-scrapers.

Hong Kong is full of beautiful parks nestled between sky-scrapers.

Now those are some roots!

Now those are some roots!

Is that the world's first Chia Pet?

Is that the world's first Chia Pet?

Cherie and Margaret.

Cherie and Margaret.

A walk in the park.

A walk in the park.

Scott and Margaret.

Scott and Margaret.

The ferry-ride to Victoria Peak.

The ferry-ride to Victoria Peak.

Look at all those buildings.

Look at all those buildings.

Margaret and Scott on the ferry.

Margaret and Scott on the ferry.

Heading to Victoria Peak.

Heading to Victoria Peak.

Ladies dancing in the park.

Ladies dancing in the park.

Margaret learns some new dance moves.

Margaret learns some new dance moves.

Victoria Peak.

Victoria Peak.

Cherie and Margaret.

Cherie and Margaret.

The view from the top.

The view from the top.

So many buildings.  Just think, someone owns each one.

So many buildings. Just think, someone owns each one.

Scott and Cherie.

Scott and Cherie.

Hong Kong.

Hong Kong.

Scott and Margaret.

Scott and Margaret.

Pollution makes wonderful sunsets.

Pollution makes wonderful sunsets.

Cherie in 2005.

Cherie in 2005.

Cherie and Margaret.

Cherie and Margaret.

A sexy Hong Kong ad.  This isn't China anymore.

A sexy Hong Kong ad. This isn't China anymore.