National Geographic : 1954 Feb
255 A Pretty Refugee from Red China Faces the Camera for Her First Starring Movie Hong Kong, the Hollywood of Southeast Asia, makes movies for 20 million Chinese outside China. Here Lin Dah, a student from Nanking, enacts a classic Chinese tale on location near Aberdeen (page 265). ask him whether to buy or sell, and when. This fellow gave you his best treatment; every Chinese man wants to be rich, fat, and have many male children." Had I remained long in Hong Kong, I would have become fat, at any rate. Night after night we dined in superb Oriental restau rants where banquet-size meals run through a dozen rich, exotic courses. For variety there were fine French, English, German, Italian, and Russian restaurants. Perhaps my biggest gustatory thrill came, however, when we discovered in Kowloon an eating place run by a retired chief petty officer of Uncle Sam's Navy. Its menu read like any American diner's, and a chrome-and-neon juke box blared tunes from tin-pan alley. After five months in the Far East, I never tasted anything better than the hamburger and milk shake I ordered there for lunch one day. Paradox meets Hong Kong visitors on every hand; here the twain-modern West and age- less Orient-not only meet but exist side by side. For the vast majority of Chinese-boat men, farmers, and city toilers-the old ways persist, stubbornly. "Live and let live" is the colony's proved maxim. One wife, for instance, is all the law allows a Westerner. Chinese, however, may have as many as they wish. Road Thwarts Evil Spirits Out in the New Territories a huge dam rises to ease the chronic water shortage. The road leading to it makes a sharp-angled Y with the main highway. This reassures the Chinese, who believe that spirits cannot turn sharp corners. If the turnoff were gently curved, evil spirits might wander up the valley, bent on mischief. Almost in the shadow of Hong Kong Uni versity's highly rated medical school, Chinese drugstores sell remedies that include dried sea horses, centipedes, lizards, and snakes.