|Hong Kong Pier & Shopping Mall where we docked|
|Hong Kong Sky-line|
|Hong Kong Ferry Terminal|
|"Junk" Tour Boat|
The other change was to the difficulty level for several tours. We had tickets for 2 tours that were listed as level 1 (easy) but have been corrected to level 3 (difficult). These are for tomorrow and the next day in Taiwan. We decided to try the one for tomorrow, but exchanged the second tour for something easier.
There were 2 great lectures today. Sandra Bowern gave a talk on "Imperial China" at 10 am. We were exchanging tickets and doing laundry this morning, so we watched this on on TV later in the day. She gave an excellent overview of the history of the Chinese dynasties through the last emperor, who abdicated in the early 1900's.
The second talk was given by a new lecturer, Dr. Mark Elovitz. It was part of a "World Affairs Hot Spot Series" he will be giving over the next few weeks. Today's was titled "Whose Lunch Is China Eating As It Rises Peacefully?" The main point was that China's current plan is to stay out of everyone else's politics and religious issues while gobbling up all the resources it needs to grow. It is making deals with countries all over the world to import oil, natural gas, minerals, etc. to grow it's production of all kinds of things, both for internal consumption and export. China is pursuing a path of increasing it's world power through economic policies instead of war.
|Ray Solaire, Cruise Director & Performer|
Although I will continue to write these blogs daily, you may not see them posted daily between now and March 14th. We have been told that satellite internet signals may be restricted in Japan, and that there may be interference in Shanghai. I will still write my thoughts for each day and post them when I can.