We had a fabulous trip to Beijing and Hong Kong! In Beijing, we finally got a chance to see the renovated National Museum. Jim and I had last seen it in 1987, and the museum now has more than 5,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Chinese government had hoped to have it open in time for the 2008 Olympics, but differences on how to cover the various political events delayed the opening until about two years ago.
The museum has two wings–the Hall of Rejuvenation and the Chinese antiquities wing. The Hall of Rejuvenation covers the history of China starting with the Neolithic age. The more recent the events, the more amusing the commentary. (Did you know that Sun Yat-sen’s revolution overthrowing the Manchu Dynasty in 1911 was incomplete because it was not a workers’ revolution? Neither did I.) The Chinese antiquities wing has some stunning pieces. In fact, the exhibits are so extensive that we did not have time to see them all. (A return visit is on the list.) One of the more stunning pieces is this large bronze vessel from the Shang Dynasty (16th – 11th century BC).
For more about what to see in Beijing, you can go to the Travel section of my webpage.
We then flew to Hong Kong. After several hours there, our kids independently announced that while they couldn’t live in Beijing, they could live in Hong Kong without a problem. And it’s quite easy to understand why. Hong Kong is a unique blend of British and Chinese culture. It has the order and cleanliness of Britain with an overlay of Chinese culture, language, and commerce. It is an amazing city!
We went up to the Peak to see some stunning views of Hong Kong:
But, without a doubt, the highlight of the trip was Hong Kong Disney. It was interestingly unique to see Cinderella’s Castle amid the surrounding countryside (typically, Disney likes to have the parks be a world unto themselves, but space constraints made that infeasible here):
I’ll have my Hong Kong travel tome up in the next couple of days with more details of where to go and what to see.