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Streets of Hong Kong Premium Tours--Dispatch #005: CROSSING THE BAR ON THE STAR FERRY

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Star Ferry, February 2018 (All Rights Reserved, William Banzai7)

CROSSING THE BAR
BY ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON
Sunset and evening star,
      And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
      When I put out to sea,

   But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
      Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
      Turns again home.

   Twilight and evening bell,
      And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
      When I embark;

   For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
      The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
      When I have crost the bar.


The Star Ferry was originally founded by Parsee (an Indian of Persian descent) merchant Dorabjee Naorojee Mithaiwala as the "Kowloon Ferry Company" in 1888. The popularity of this means of transport enabled him to increase his fleet to four vessels within 10 years: the Morning Star, Evening Star, Rising Star and Guiding Star. Each boat had a capacity of 100 passengers, and the boats averaged 147 crossings each day. He incorporated the business into the "Star Ferry Co Ltd" in 1898, prior to his retirement to India. The company name was inspired by his love of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem "Crossing the Bar". --Source: Wikipedia

I know it sounds silly, but I love to recite this poem when crossing on the Star Ferry. Call me a romantic. Don't worry, you will not have to remind me!

You can view more images of the iconic Star Ferry on my Flickr.  And yes, there is much more to this story that I have to share on tour...

   SILVER STAR, June 2015 (All Rights Reserved, WilliamBanzai7)

See you on the Streets of Hong Kong!

WB7

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ABOUT STREETS OF HONG KONG PREMIUM WALKING TOURS

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I am an American of Asian descent from NYC who has spent many years living and working throughout Asia, most recently based from a very old Chinese neighborhood called To Kwa Wan in Old Kowloon for 15 years. I am also a retired international lawyer with strong Asian roots and I have reinvented myself as a professional artist, photographer and street savvy Hong Kong premium tour guide.

I specialize in premium private walking tours with an emphasis on street culture, local history and, for those so inclined, all levels of photography. My private tours are personalized to match your unique interests. Inasmuch as I am a professional photographer, all of the points of interest covered in my repertoire have a very strong visual appeal coupled with a well informed narrative adding dimension and context to your images.

Whether you are into simple travel snapshots, social media image sharing or serious landscape, architectural or urban street photography or just enjoying the Hong Kong experience, I am in a position to maximize your time spent in Hong Kong and its surrounding locales to the fullest.      

Hence, my mission can be encapsulated as follows: To provide all of my clients with an entertaining, deeply informative and street savvy premium travel experience ultimately leading to cherished memories, a portfolio of stunning on-tour photographs, an urge for further investigation and a strong desire to navigate your way back to this wonderfully engaging city.

My premium walking tours are ideal for acclimating and orienting first time visitors to Hong Kong as well as for returning visitors eager for a new experience.

I accept engagements up to one year in advance or, subject to my availability, last minute and/or same day. Families with children are always welcome and children 16 years and under are free of charge. Special needs clients are also welcome.

You can book a tour or send me an inquiry now by going to my Contact/Booking Page.

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Streets of Hong Kong Premium Tours--Dispatch #004: SOCIAL SAFETY NET

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Kowloon City, February 2018 (All Rights Reserved, William Banzai7)

We were in Kowloon City over Chinese New Year to have a meal at one of our favorite authentic Thai local joints when I grabbed this image on the fly.

Anyone who has perused my Hong Kong images on Flickr will recall that I have taken many images of refuse street people. To many to even catalogue. But this image strikes an emotional chord with me.

They are ubiquitous in Hong Kong. And unfortunately, the vast majority of them are elderly. The lack of a proper social safety net to cover folks of this ilk is an involved story and not the immediate subject of this post.

However, the woman in this image most certainly is. Like so many others, she has the rough weather beaten look of a long haul street person. She was with her husband who had a similarly rough appearance. When we passed them, they were both eagerly wolfing down pineapple buns (bo lo bao) and hot milk teas (yit nai cha) from a famous old local cha chaan teng restaurant in the neighborhood. I don't know whether someone bought the snack for them or they covered it on their own. But they certainly appreciated the tasty carbs! 

As is usually the case you could see the two of them had been toiling very hard all day collecting cardboard boxes for recycling.

Anyway, this woman grabbed my attention immediately. Reviewing the image afterwards I reflected on who she might be, wondering if she has family and pondering all of the changes she and her husband have witnessed over the years.

I spend plenty of time reading, talking about all of those changes. But these two folks have something I can never replicate, their memories spanning decades most likely to the 1950s. And I am sure they have seen it all!

See you on the Streets of Hong Kong!

WB7

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ABOUT STREETS OF HONG KONG PREMIUM WALKING TOURS

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I am an American of Asian descent from NYC who has spent many years living and working throughout Asia, most recently based from a very old Chinese neighborhood called To Kwa Wan in Old Kowloon for 15 years. I am also a retired international lawyer with strong Asian roots and I have reinvented myself as a professional artist, photographer and street savvy Hong Kong premium tour guide.

I specialize in premium private walking tours with an emphasis on street culture, local history and, for those so inclined, all levels of photography. My private tours are personalized to match your unique interests. Inasmuch as I am a professional photographer, all of the points of interest covered in my repertoire have a very strong visual appeal coupled with a well informed narrative adding dimension and context to your images.

Whether you are into simple travel snapshots, social media image sharing or serious landscape, architectural or urban street photography or just enjoying the Hong Kong experience, I am in a position to maximize your time spent in Hong Kong and its surrounding locales to the fullest.      

Hence, my mission can be encapsulated as follows: To provide all of my clients with an entertaining, deeply informative and street savvy premium travel experience ultimately leading to cherished memories, a portfolio of stunning on-tour photographs, an urge for further investigation and a strong desire to navigate your way back to this wonderfully engaging city.

My premium walking tours are ideal for acclimating and orienting first time visitors to Hong Kong as well as for returning visitors eager for a new experience.

I accept engagements up to one year in advance or, subject to my availability, last minute and/or same day. Families with children are always welcome and children 16 years and under are free of charge. Special needs clients are also welcome.

You can book a tour or send me an inquiry now by going to my Contact/Booking Page.

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