We went to Evangeline’s museum today — the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. It was a pretty good museum (and quite plausibly better than the History museum that we went to pre-Bali). My favorite exhibits were:
1) Au Ho-nien’s art exhibit — these were some pretty cool paintings with each work consisting of multiple panels. Au Ho-nien is a 20th century painter from Hong Kong. My favorites were his landscape paintings. His animal paintings were impressive as well, but they seemed a bit over the top for my tastes. I’ll have to find an Au Ho-nien print I like and buy it once I’m back State-side.
2) The history of the New Territories — just 50 years ago this land, where the Jones’ live, was undeveloped countryside. Most of the development has occurred in the past 30 years with the population increasing by 2 million in that time. There was of course the exhibit that expressed faux concern for environmental protection. It is faux concern because it is obvious that there is not much to the concern. One example is a recent development. The developer went ahead and build the few new buildings even though by doing so it raised the temperature in the area by a couple of degrees (because it blocked air flow from the mountain).
3) The Cantonese opera exhibit. Cantonese opera seems quite one dimensional and singularly themed when compared to western opera. But the exhibit was neat.
Joseph and I achieved a milestone today: We didn’t lose a single mentos from our package of fruit mentos. Every time we’ve had fruit mentos on this trip we’ve always lost one. It feels like we should celebrate this every year.
While we were consuming said mentos, there was a Chinese marching band nearby that was playing American* patriotic songs, like “Old Glory”. It seemed really odd for a Chinese marching band to be playing those songs. Perhaps the Chinese wrote them after singlehandedly defeating the Japanese in World War 2.
Mary made black bean burgers and purple sweet potato fries for dinner. They were DELICIOUS. I had been craving a black bean burger for several days, so it was a big deal to me.
After dinner we played Flashpoint, which is a cooperative board game where each player is a firefighter. It is a whole lot of fun. Since I own a copy to, we’re going to try to play it together over the Internet via web cams and Google Hangouts, once I’m back Stateside. Hopefully we can make it work. It’ll be fun to try anyway.
Tomorrow is the last full day in Hong Kong!
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