Friday, December 02, 2011

Beijing Hutong Pedicab Tours

A number of companies now offer tours of Beijing's hutong by pedicab. The narrow street's of Beijing's hutong are not really suitable for cars, making pedicabs and bicycles the best and most environmentally sound way of seeing them.

Beijing hutong pedicab tours usually take in the Drum Tower, Prince Gong's Mansion, a Siheyuan (traditional Chinese courtyard house), Lama Temple and Pipe Tobacco Alley close to the Bell Tower. There is usually a stop for a drink at a hutong cafe or teahouse.

A number of large Chinese tour companies offer pedicab half day and full day tours.


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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Christmas Services at Churches in Hong Kong

With more Christian churches than any other city in China, Hong Kong has a special Christmas atmosphere. In both Hong Kong and Macau, Christmas Day is a public holiday, though Christmas Day in not a public holiday in mainland China.

Hong Kong's department stores and shops go into overdrive in the run up to Christmas and the Christmas lights of Victoria will be shining throughout December.

The large number of Christian migrant workers from The Philippines are often enthusiastic church-goers.

Here are a list of churches in Hong Kong with Christmas services and Christmas mass.

St John's Cathedral
24th December - Christmas Eve

5.00pm Christingle Service
6:00pm Cantonese Service
11.30pm Midnight Mass

25th December - Christmas Day

8.00am Said Eucharist
9.00am Sung Eucharist
10.30am Holy Eucharist (Mandarin)
11.45am All Age Worship with Eucharist
2.00pm Sung Eucharist (Pilipino)
6.00pm Evensong

Emmanuel, Pokfulam, Bethanie, 139 Pokfulam Road

11.00pm Midnight Mass
25th December - Christmas Day
11.00am Family Eucharist with Carols

St Stephen's Chapel, Stanley, St Stephen's College

Discovery Bay Church, SKH Wei Lun Primary School

St Andrews Church

24 December
Christmas Eve Services
7:00pm* 9:00pm 11:00pm

25 December
Christmas Day Communion Services
8:30am 9:45am 11:30am 2:00pm* 5:00pm

* Services in Putonghua

Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception, 16 Caine Road, Hong Kong

Rosary Church, 125 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Tsing Yi Island

Christ the Worker Parish

Kowloon International Baptist Church, 300 Junction Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon

Island Evangelical Community Church
633 King's Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong (Quarry Bay MTR Exit C)

Watermark Community Church Upper Ground at Aspen Court, 46 High Street, Sai Ying Pun

Holy Trinity Cathedral
135, Ma Tau Chung Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon

Shatin Anglican Church, S.K.H. Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School
Tak Hau Street, Wo Che Estate, Shatin, N.T.

Dec. 24 Candlelight Service Saturday 9pm
Dec. 25 God in a Manger Sunday 10am

Crown of Thorns' Church, 67 Texaco Road


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