I was enjoying a wedding in
Delhi on a pleasant December chilly morning when my mobile rang! It was a call from my office to ask if I was keen to go for a Short time assignment to Hong Kong! This was just out of blue as I was planning to enjoy the cold weather in . Next day I confirmed regarding going! The ball was set in motion and lo and behold, I landed in Delhi Hong Kong, the land of the dragon in end December! I am destined to spend a few months with Chinese friends in the New Year. My wife too joined for merry making for the New Year.
On 31 Dec I picked her up from the sprawling maze of
. Later in the evening we took the metro ride to Tsim Sha Tsui the nearest station to the Victoria harbor the site for the New Year festivities! A city’s culture is best depicted on its roads and metro trains, is my strong belief and on both these indices the city scores very high! The traffic moves as smoothly as a knife through the butter and the people are full of warmth and courtesy. I was moved to see a young girl get up on a metro from a seat and offer to an elderly man and stand for the rest of the journey! Small gestures but mean so much! The crowds were milling on the busy Hong Kong International Airport Nathan Road which was lit up like a fairy land! Despite heavy crowds there was no jostling and people seemed to enjoy the spirit of New Year with a lovely lights, costumes and glitter and glitz! The girls were dressed as if to scorch the ramp and even on the normal days you can see the latest fashion on the street like in no other place. There was a lovely laser show at The Avenue of the Stars with lilting music and festooned boats crossing the harbor. The sky was lit up with dancing laser beams from the skyscrapers across the harbor accompanied with musical extravaganza! It is probably the biggest sound and light show which is free!
Next morning in the New Year, we saw score of school children carrying the dragons for a musical show on our way to the
Hong Kong peak the highest point in the city where one can actually look down upon the towering skyscrapers adorning the city! The tram goes up the incline right up to the peak which has a splendid 360 degree views.
We moved on to Lantau island by a ferry to see the towering statue of Lord Buddha. I wondered how the engineers would have moved this massive edifice on top of the mountain. By the time we returned, it was late in the evening.
The next day was a public holiday so we left early to visit
Macau the gambling den of the world. The Star Ferry crossing near the Central takes one hour and the visa is issued to most of the nationals on arrival! It has the largest number of casinos where it is fun to watch the young and old actively indulge in the oldest pastime of gambling! The casinos overflow with people and there are many shows, which are a big attraction! ‘The House of Dancing Water’ an 85 minute show at the City of the Dreams is not to be missed! The show was created with an effort lasting five years at a staggering cost of USD 250 million dollars by Franco Dragone. The stage holds 3.5 million gallons of water and gets converted into different kinds of stages as the show progresses. It is a love story with dazzling sound, lights, costumes, music and special effects including breath taking and death defying stunts on motor cycles as never before!
The New Year has started with a bang ! A lot is to be done and many promises to be kept. I wish all readers an year of fulfilled dreams!
City of the Dreams- Macau