Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Hong Kong, again! part II

Our second day in Hong Kong was easy and pleasant. It began with a walk around Wan Chai and breakfast at a diner (a diner! yes! Hong Kong is special like that).

And then, it was time for one last exhibition – "An Age of Luxury: the Assyrians to Alexander", at the Hong Kong Museum of History ( 香港歷史博物館). But first, there was an interesting walk from the subway to the museum. Such a live city!

But back to the exhibition. It gathers items from 900BC to 300BC, showing the kind of luxury that could only exist thanks to different massive empires and broad commerce routes. Assyrians, Babylonians, Achaemenids... flasks, perfume bottles, wall decorations, furniture... Beauty everywhere. What a wonderful exhibition.

This time we took an earlier train than last time to get back to Guangzhou, so we wouldn't feel as tired. So we had just enough time for a leisurely Vietnamese meal (but, to be honest, we were there mainly for the coffee! love it!) and browsing bookshops...

But, just before we headed to the train station, we were confronted with a quick reminder that life is always more complicated than the nice things we might enjoy at both sides of the China-Hong Kong border – a memorial to Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize human rights activist who died while incarcerated (because of his activism) in China. A sobering goodbye image, Hong Kong.