‘The City of Contrasts’ by Kathleen Magner Rios

By on April 2, 2014

kathleen_hong_kong_portraitName: Kathleen Magner Rios
Hometown: Fairhill Maryland
Resides: Wilmington Delaware
Profession: Partner in Real Estate Group
Hobbies: Running, traveling
Hipstographer Since: 2011
Year of Birth: 1969

Favorite Combo:  Yoona  +  Blanko 1 
Favorite Lens:  Yoona 
Favorite Film:  DC 
Favorite Flash: None

"Hong Kong, I was told upon arrival, is a city of contrasts. It did not take long before I understood what that meant. Taking a very modern elevated walkway and catching an efficient train that transported us out to Lantau Island, to see the traditional stilt house fishing village, Tai O was my first bit of education. Later, needing a bit of medical attention, I made my way to a modern pharmacy and found traditional herbal medicine being dispensed as well. To fulfill some souvenir shopping, I found myself in a super mall (one of many) and later in the day, surrounded by hawkers at markets specializing in jade, birds, fish and even fortune telling. The next day we toured the Chi Lin Nunnery. At first glance a Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) masterpiece, only to learn it was less than fourteen years old and a perfect replica. A soothing cruise around Victoria Harbor, ringed with exceedingly modern buildings, in a traditional junk boat topped off the trip. Hong Kong is a magical and mysterious place with elevated walkways and ancient stone streets; bright sun and hazy days... It is a place that stirred my imagination and soothed my soul. It is a place I won't soon forget."
Kathleen Magner Rios


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