Our next company visit included the Independent Commission Against Corruption of Hong Kong. Also known as ICAC, this non-govermental agency was established in 1974. Since inception, this organization under the direction of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying has reportedly decreased corruption dramatically. ICAC also recruits students from local universities to encourage anti-corruption. It was a pleasure meeting top officers and student ambassadors within the Community Relations Department!
At Times Square, Causeway Bay Station, a random Chinese elderly man wanted us to speak with him in English. On his paper, we wrote, “Today, I spoke to Mr. Hui. That’s me. I am very happy.” However, whenever we tried to speak Mandarin with him, he responded, “不讲话, 不讲话.” (Translation: Let’s not speak it -referring to Mandarin)
Scenic View from Victoria Peak
Allegra, Ariel and I rode the tram to the top of Victoria Peak. We reached the Peak by sunset and the skyscrapers at night were beautiful. According to one of our sponsors, Hong Kong has three times the amount of high-rise buildings in downtown New York City.
I was so happy to receive a personalized dedication of the book entitled, “Paper Tigress,” written by Rachel Cartland (sitting on the far right), a former Hong Kong Civil servant from 1972 to 2006.
Photo Cred Allegra
The Asian headquarters of Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, also known as HSBC is located in Central, Hong Kong island. Traveling to HSBC from our dorm took approximately an hour via MTR. (HK’s subway system) The HSBC building actually does not have a fourth floor because the number four in Cantonese 四 sounds like death 死. Our tour guides were very helpful!
On Monday, my fellow contestants and I visited the headquarters of Cathay Pacific Airlines located in Cathay City, Hong Kong. To my surprise, I learned that initially based in Shanghai, the airline was founded by an American Roy Farrell and Australian Sydney Kantzow in 1946.
(I am on the far left)