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HONG KONG — I woke this morning to the sheen of the dawning sun in the mirrors of the Bank of China Tower, the yelping of apes in the Hong Kong Zoo and news of my ship mistakenly lodged in my spam folder: a message from the captain, Thierry Robin, informing me that “Christophe Colomb” was awaiting entry to Shanghai, where the port was “closed due to strong winds.” “Christophe Colomb” — the container ship that will be my home during its four-week journey from Hong Kong to Southampton, U.K. — is going to call in Hong Kong at 05:00 a.m. local time on Nov. 29, two days later than expected.
Although I have most of what I think I need, I have spent my extra time here in search of a clutch of final items: a cheap duffel bag, some ginger tea and a shortwave radio. It’s a self-imposed scavenger hunt, and what better place for a scavenger hunt than Hong Kong?
While networks of shopping malls form polished retail cities with about as much local feel as a major international airport, lanes of street-facing shops and stalls provide cheaper, more colorful commerce. In a single neighborhood you can walk past medicine shops jammed with jars of pale, bulbous curatives and bundles of healing twigs; electronics stores stuffed with Japanese camera lenses; tea sellers whose fat, wheel-shaped parcels cast a smoky aroma over the sidewalk; vendors of suitcases, fish sauces, cellphone cases and a menagerie of plastic, fluffy, fluorescent, battery-operated creatures, the monstrous offspring of generations of inbred cartoon characters.
Photo: Jerome Favre/EPA
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A girl drinks fruit juice while resting in a hammock on a river bank near an industrial zone in southwestern China’s Chongqing city on March 24. (Assiocated Press).