日本での一年間

June 6, 2011

Elevator Safety Sign

Filed under: abroad, China, Hong Kong, Trips — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — myyearinjapan @ 5:12 am

In Japan, all the elevator safety signs are telling you to keep your crocs away from the edges of the steps. (There have been several incidents where people got crocs or croc style sandals caught in escalators and were injured in Japan.) But in Hong Kong, I just saw a smiling penguin (?) telling me to hold the handrail and be safe.

エスカレーター安全ペンギン?

I can't tell if the bird is a penguin or something else, so the safety message was almost lost on me trying to figure out what kind of bird I was looking at......Maybe it's a puffin???

 

June 2, 2011

Afternoon Tea at the Peninsula Hotel

Anyone who knows me knows that I love tea. It is far and away my favorite thing to drink. Whenever I’m in the office, I always have my over sized Chicago Botanic Garden mug (a gift from some friends. Thanks friends!) filled with some kind of tea next to me. Usually I drink bancha (a type of green tea) or assam tea (a type of black tea) because those are the teas I can plunder from the snack corner of the office.

So when my friend in Hong Kong suggested going to the Peninsula hotel for their Afternoon Tea Service, I ignored her follow-up of “but it’s a bit pricey” and insisted that we go. We showed up on Sunday afternoon around 4 and got in the back of a long line. It was a holiday weekend and I guess we weren’t the only people with the idea that it might be nice to have some tea.

Tea drinkers drinking tea.

This is the queue as it was when we were about to be seated. The line had actually gotten shorter since we arrived, possibly because it was getting close to the end of the tea service at that time.

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June 1, 2011

Cheung Chau (Part 3)

Yesterday and the day before, I posted pictures of Cheung Chau island in Hong Kong and today I have a few more pictures to share from Cheung Chau.

I visited Cheung Chau a couple weeks before their biggest event of the year, the bun festival. During the bun festival, a big wooden structure is built and covered with buns. Then people start to climb up the mountain and grab as many buns as they can. Sounds like fun!

Bao (steamed bun) Moutian, a wooden structure used in the Cheung Chau Bao Festival.

Temples, beaches, and boats still to come! (more…)

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