I was impressed with how modern Hong Kong is. It is built on hills (or small mountains) and there is limited land space--so they build UP. There are many skyscrapers.
There are also older sections of the city.
Some of the Mongolians had never seen the ocean. They loved going there and wading in the water.
We also enjoyed seeing the ocean again.
One of the tourist stops in Hong Kong is the "Avenue of Stars" which has stars and famous peoples' names on the sidewalk, as well as some statues. Here is Clair with Bruce Lee. In the distance is Hong Kong Island.
This is most of our group down by the waterfront as we were taking a tour of Hong Kong.
Looking from Kowloon across the water to Hong Kong Island you can see the convention center and many of the tall buildings of the business district. The church Area Office is in this area.
Walking through the downtown of Hong Kong Island we passed many interesting shops where you can buy things such as very fresh chicken (below).
Here we are at the top of Victoria peak.
Someone started a jump-rope contest and Clair won!
|Hong Kong Island at sunset|
Our purpose in going to Hong Kong was to attend the temple, the only place on the earth where families can become eternal. This family was sealed in the temple so that they can be together forever.
Here is our group in front of the Hong Kong Temple.
After finishing our week at the temple, we traveled by train from Hong Kong to Beijing. Unfortunately, we had the third bunk up. It was pretty tricky getting our luggage up and climbing up and down ourselves.
There is not much head room on our bunk, so we spent a lot of time sitting on the bottom bunk. The Chinese people were friendly and welcomed us to sit with them. Here is Clair on his bunk--he didn't sleep much.
We enjoyed the little chinese child who shared our compartment and his family as well as this man who was very helpful. It is interesting to try to communicate with people who do not understand your language, but if you try you can understand a lot with body language.
Notice the nuclear power plant.
The Chinese flags in Beijing.
We hiked up to the 5th guard station and there the restored part of the wall ended. We could go no further.
We were told that the animals on the corners of the buildings are for protection and blessings.
We had a testimony meeting and lunch with most of our group when we arrive back in Ulaanbaatar.
Going to the temple with our Mongolian friends was one of the highlights of our mission. We hope that they will soon have a temple in Mongolia. We have been inspired by the way the Mongolian members revere the temple.