Month: April 2013

Dragon Back Trail

My favorite activity in Hong Kong was the hike on the Dragon Back Trail.  We decided to do it in the last week of our trip.  Being from rural Jamaica, it was very much reminiscent of the path to my family’s home in Jamaica.  It made me home sick.  It was such a peaceful and serene environment, that while I was enjoying the hike with my fellow group members and Professor Engler, I couldn’t help but reflect on life and my experiences.  If I were to choose a place for seclusion, meditation, prayer and reflection, I would love to do it at the peak of the Dragon Back Trail.

-Bridgette Knight

Kowloon

Kowloon was my absolute favorite section of Hong Kong.  I think that it was the most ethnically diverse area in Hong Kong. As a Muslim who wears hijab (the head-scarf) I came with the assumption that I would stick out like a sore thumb.  I read many articles and writings about Muslims in Hong Kong, it never clicked that there would be Muslims from all over the world here.  I expected the Muslims that I would meet to be of Hui descent.  On Friday, March 1, 2013, I was determined to go to Jummah (the Friday sermon) at the Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Center. From the hotel I took a taxi to the Central Pier, and from there I took the 10 minute ferry.  From the Kowloon Pier, the masjid was a 10 minute walk.  When I arrived, I was welcomed at the entrance by a Sister who was from Indonesia.  I made my way upstairs to the prayer hall for Sisters.  When I entered I was so surprised to see the many different faces of Islam.  It was beautiful.  It brought me to tears to see that no matter where I went in the world, I was surrounded by Sisters of Arab, African, Asian, and European descent and they all welcomed me.  The khutbah (sermon) was given in 3 different languages.  Since the largest masjid is located in Kowloon, it has become the central area for Muslims in Hong Kong.  Many Muslims live and work close to it, and therefore, it is part of the reason why there is so much ethnic diversity in Kowloon.  If I was to live in Hong Kong, I would want to live in Kowloon.

-Bridgette Knight