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Details and a DVD were sent, and we waited...............for quite a while.

Obviously emails started flying about on many subjects: images, video, copy, work permits, audience numbers, age ranges, timings, the get in..... etc.



Some things were tricky to explain and the website came in handy. We were able to set up special pages to illustrate, for example, the size and nature of the crates that the show would be arriving in.

Contracts were finally signed in January and the trip was on.

Some Digital Doings.

The venue was the Exhibition Gallery in Tuen Mun Town Hall. All we had to work with were a few photos and a floor plan.

So we stuck the floor plan into our basic 3D design software and suggested possible locations for the tent, the screens, the audience and a reception area.

In return we began receiving some interesting items.

The brochure design.

We absolutely loved this, so much more inventive than our own rather boring “linear boxes” approach to presenting the different landscapes. We are definitely going to nick this idea.

The poster design.

Fabby, and So Chinese.

Proof reading the House Programme was fun.

On the practical side we had to take some extra kit with us on this trip, more seating and a white out cover for the tent.


This involved a 2 week rehearsal of packing the crates before they were ready to fly out from Manchester Airport.

The show flew out and 2 days later so did we.

We had 5 days in Hong Kong before the work began and it’s safe to say that Jen had pretty much got every one of them planned out.


Highlights included:-

We took the ferry over to Hong Kong Island and then the funicular railway up to The Peak.

The Peak.

We resisted the temptation, and the expense, of the view offered from the top of the Peak Tower/shopping complex and opted instead for a walk along Luggard Road around the summit.

The views were still pretty spectacular but around the other side we were able to enjoy this one.

We were not the only people who thought this was a bit special, it appeared on the Hong Kong Tourist Board website although they omitted the comparative reference to Meanwood we had made in our tweet.

Lantau Island

We joined the queues and visited the Tian Tan Buddha.


Walking ‘off piste’ we discovered this fabulous Tea Room.

The Trams

Markets

Hong Kong is famous as a shopping destination but for us that means the street markets.


Exciting, exotic, buzzing, busy, aromatic and best of all, as we weren’t buying anything, totally free.


‘People watching’ in Hong Kong is fascinating but ‘Produce peeping’ is just as rewarding.

One extraordinary day featured the ‘Flower Market’, the ‘Fish Market’ and the ‘Bird Market.’


No bird pictures here as a man shouted “NO PHOTOS” at us and being British we naturally complied.


The only disappointment was that Jen never did find the ‘Kitchen Utensils Market.’

These mini stalls fascinated us. We spotted a line of them all closed up and speculated about what they could be.


The next day we were passing as they were being opened up. Little Aladdin’s caves.


They reminded us of the old show we used to pack away in a motorbike and sidecar.

Did we ever shop?


Yep, every night Jen bought the beers from the 7/11...



...which was next door to our hostel The Hop Inn.


She also bought some presents - and for herself she got this splendid bag.

The Harbour

2. The trams get very close to each other. Which gave Jen a chance to use her natural non verbal skills to entertain this young chap.

Last time we were in Hong Kong it was Ferries nearly every day. This time round we were definitely Tram People.

They have several things going for them: 1. They are incredibly cheap.

They are very, very slow. Sitting on the trams we used to see the “sightseeing” buses whizz past. On the tram you had plenty of time to take it all in. Plus, if you spot something interesting you just hop off and investigate. For example, we spotted this and just had to go and have a look.

3. They cross the whole Hong Kong experience, so you can get on here........and get off here.

Almost every night found us back at the Harbour...

...where one night we got caught up in a French magazine Photosession.

Hong Kong

pre-shows

In which we get

to see bits of

Hong Kong we

missed out on

last time.

So in five days we managed to cover quite a bit of ground.

Next...the New Territories.

It began with an email.