Okay, so I was planning a trip to China April 1-19 this year—and had to cancel for obvious reasons. I really wanted to go this spring because my memoir about China is coming out this fall, and I was hoping to see what the latest trends are in China.

Well, the latest trend is the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, which started there in January. In fact, my husband and I bought our tickets on January 19. The next day, China reported the third death from coronavirus and confirmed human-to-human transmission, announcing a quarantine in the city of Wuhan. Fortunately, we were able to cancel the payment for our airline tickets with full refund—because it was less than 24 hours after we purchased them.

Bottom line: no China trip for us this spring!

So I have decided to share this trip with you, day by day, showing images of the places we planned to visit and why.

First stop: Hong Kong, April 2-5. Paul and I met in Hong Kong in 1983 and were married there in 1985. Hong Kong is bursting with places that stir up good memories for me—many of which I wrote about in my memoir, When the Red Gates Opened, to be published September 22.

Photos in Hong Kong collage above:

  1. Outside the Foreign Correspondents Club
  2. Dim sum as served in Hong Kong
  3. Luk Yu Teahouse, my favorite dim sum place
  4. The flags of China and Hong Kong flying together, after 1997
  5. The Queen’s Road overpass, where I watched the 1989 protestors

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