The agenda for today was simple. Because today was Wednesday, and most museums in Hong Kong are free on Wednesdays, I wanted to visit a museum. I decided to visit Sun Yat-sen Museum. Finding the Sun Yat-sen museum was not extremely difficult, but did require a little bit of effort, and using the GPS on my phone. Sun Yat-sen 孫中山 was the man who in 1911 led the overthrow Qing Dynasty and started the Republic of China. A good link to learn about him more is here. Randomly, I I tried a new brand of chips which I thought were quite delicious. They are called Calbee BBQ flavoured potato chips. Calbee is a Japanese company. I put a picture of them in this post. After going to the museum, I had a nice dinner at a pizzeria.
One of the biggest things of the day was leaving my Couchsurfing host’s apartment for a hostel. I greatly enjoyed staying at his apartment, but had to be moving on. I moved to a hostel called Dragon hostel in Mongkok which I had stayed at before. Today, I took a few pictures of some HK money because I think Hong Kong dollars are very cool. I learned a bit about the HKD from my friend today. I noticed that private banks were printing some of the bills, and that greatly intrigued me. Normally, in countries, a central bank owned by that county’s government prints the currency. I don’t know exactly how Hong Kong regulates its currency, but I do find it very interesting that private banks in Hong Kong such as Standard Chartered, HSBC, Bank of China can print large bills for the currency of Hong Kong. I talked to my local friend who said that the Hong Kong Monetary Authority mints all the coins, but private banks print much of the bills. Here is a good link about the Hong Kong Monetary Authority from Wikipedia. And according to that link on Wikipedia “The HKMA issues banknotes only in the denomination of ten Hong Kong dollars. The role of issuing other banknotes is delegated to the note-issuing banks in the territory, namely the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank and the Bank of China.”
The big event for today was doing a day trip to Shenzhen, and seeing The Window of The World. The Window of the World (世界之窗) in Shenzhen is a place where you can see nearly perfectly replicated famous buildings from around the world, but on a smaller scale. It is somewhat similar to Epcot in Disneyworld in the US. There was a free show that I saw in the Window of the World. I was not expecting a very good show, but was actually surprised how good it really was. I was VERY impressed by the Window of the World, and hope to go again sometime in the future. I saw some milk smugglers almost immediately upon entering Shenzhen, and as I was leaving Shenzhen to go back into Hong Kong. I never imagined that milk is a product that someone would want to smuggle, but apparently, in China, there is a big market for good quality imported milk. Coming back to Hong Kong again felt really great!!!