When I booked my flight to Hong Kong two months ago, my late April departure date seemed so far away. Now it’s a month from today!
I still remember that night Tom and I decided to buy those tickets to Hong Kong. I couldn’t believe I was going to return to a place I hadn’t stopped thinking about for the last 14 years. And to prepare for the jet lag we’re sure to experience, I didn’t sleep a wink that night, tossing and turning and imagining all the places I need to revisit on those four short days.
We must go to Stanley. Here my mom and I are posing in front of a waterfront restaurant in Stanley. While I do need to buy Chinese trinkets for my kids, and can get those at Stanley Market, I look forward to bus ride from Central down along the southern rim of Hong Kong Island. It was always a nice refuge after a week of classes up in the countryside.
Eating will be another top priority in Hong Kong. Maybe not a dai pai dong from the get go (or at all), but I always had fun dining in these outdoor stalls. (I took this photo in Taipo with my mom and uncle in 1996.)
Shopping is another must. I have a list for friends and family in the US, plus I’d love to pick up a couple of cheongsams off the rack at G.O.D. for myself.
I already have plans to go back to my original home in Hong Kong–the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I promise not to mope when I leave it this time. (In this photo, I’m back in Hong Kong for a quick two days in 1991 before my dad and I go up to Shanghai and Beijing for a couple of weeks. I don’t know if I’ll ever see Hong Kong and the Chinese University again. As it turns out, I return three years later.)
I won’t ride in any fancy cars (no cars besides perhaps an infrequent taxi), but will return to this scene where I graduated in 1996. We’ll have lunch at the staff canteen (to the right of this photo) with some friends that Friday I’m in Hong Kong.
Just one more month!