In Hong Kong — Kowloon actually, we stayed at the luxurious Shanga La Hotel overlooking Hong Kong harbor. There was a huge gold tapestry at the end of the lobby, and huge floral displays.
Hong Kong is actually an island, across the harbor. There was a choice of crossing by ferry boat, underneath in a tunnel, or by bridge. Somehow, we managed to go all three. One trip was to see the smiling Budda, a huge statue of a sitting Budda where Buddhists come to burn incense.
Jan took us on a walk from the hotel to shop in the shops in Kowloon. I was a little intimidated by the crowded narrow streets with tiny alleyways branching off between buildings. I walked near the curb to be as far as possible from the alleyways so no one could grab me and pull me into the dark ally. It was incredible to see the bamboo scaffolding up the sides of high-rise buildings.
Lunch at the restaurant at the top of Victoria Peak was fantastic. The view of Hong
Kong harbor and Kowloon was stunning. The salads and desserts were on buffet tables, and I discovered they had milk custard like my mother used to make. I ate a lot of milk custard!
The man in the rooster suit “flew” above the stage as below him the dragon twisted and weaved, and two “monkeys” tumbled onstage. It was the Year of the Monkey in China! The crowd of 6,000 + Sunders from all over the world roared its approval! The air at the Hong Kong Convention Center was charged with excitement as Sunrider Directors from the United States & Canada, Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Tailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Holland, etc. listened to inspiring speakers, and watched elaborately staged presentations.
The audience itself was a rainbow of colorful jackets. Distributors from each country were seated together in their section – America and Canada in red, Australia in green, Japan in purple, Europe in yellow, etc.
Each speaker was translated into English or Chinese, and simultaneously in five other languages through headsets.
The high point of the evening, was the heartfelt talks by OI Lin and Tei Fu Chen, owners of Sunrider. Oi Lin, born and raised in Hong Kong, whose parents were street peddlers; was full of emotion at her home-coming.
We were touched to tears by Tei Fu when he spoke words I will never forget! “You have seen the roots of Sunrider (the gardens in the mountains of Taiwan.) but without America there would be no Sunrider. The free enterprise system has allowed Sunrider to prosper. Free enterprise is the hope of the world!” There was a pause of silence as his words were translated into the many languages. Then the whole place erupted in a roar of applause and wild cheerIng as they stood to their feet to “honor” the US & Canada Distributors seated together on the main floor.