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[文化博览] 【整理】2009-11-20 Smart Travels 香港篇—4

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Shopping in Hong Kong extends far beyond buying life’s necessities. It’s a recreational and social activity. So unless you are a committed non-shopper, best to leave a little extra packing room in the suitcase.

“So apart from shopping, what’s Hong Kong’s most popular pastime? Well, I’d put my money on horse racing. Here betting on the ponies isn’t just a sport. It’s a passion.

Millions of people follow these events and the average betting turnover per race is the highest in the world. The first race was here at the Happy Valley Track more than 150 years ago. And the track even remained open during the Japanese occupation of the city in the 1940s. Until recently horse racing is the only legal form of gambling in Hong Kong. And with an annual turnover equivalent to more than a billion US dollars, the Sport of Kings definitely reigns.

“The Hong Kong Tourist Boards’ Cultural Kaleidoscope Program makes it really easy to get a crash course in Chinese culture. Everyday you can take a different workshop on important traditions that will help you more fully appreciate your visit here.”

And best of all the classes are free. For example one day you can learn how to do Tai Chi.

“Next pattern, turning and looking at the moon, about 45 degrees to your left and right side. Let your palms face each other.”

Another day you can take a class on the ancient design method of Feng Shui.

“Good morning, everybody. Welcome to Hong Kong and welcome to our Feng Shui class this morning.”

Literally translated as “wind water”, Feng Shui describes how homes and workspaces could be designed to achieve harmony with the spirits of nature.
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