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Temple Street Market in Hong Kong decorated for the National Holiday.

Temple Street Market in Hong Kong decorated for the National Holiday.

HAPPY NATIONAL DAY or 国庆节! The People’s Republic of China was founded on October 1st, 1949 so everyone gets a week off work to celebrate this holiday every year. Spenser and I are celebrating by watching the Saints vs. Dolphins game and sleeping in. We spent 24 hours in Hong Kong yesterday and we’re still recovering from our whirlwind vacation. But don’t fret, I took hundreds of pictures and we’re going to do at least two blog posts about it, so keep checking-in!

Today, however, I want to tell you about an interesting experience we shared with some of our CTLC friends last Saturday night. We were invited to the opening night of Windows of the World’s newest stage show, All The Way Sunny. The show is sponsored by the City of Shenzhen as well as the Tourism Bureau so it’s basically a big show of “Look at all of our Windows of the World attractions!” and “Let’s go on a world tour that makes no sense!” kind of spectacle. Yes, it was odd but it was also extremely entertaining! Here, let me show you what I mean…

We arrived with fancy outfits and open minds.

We arrived with fancy outfits and open minds.

We listened to speeches.

We listened to speeches.

And then the show began.

What started off as a world tour turned into an homage to different aspects of American culture.

The same man with the porn star hairstyle donned a Native American headdress. Yup, that happened.

The same man with the “porn star hairstyle” donned a Native American headdress. Yup, that happened.

Broadway with Batman on roller blades.

Broadway with Batman on roller blades.

Nothing says America like baseball players reading newspapers.

Nothing says America like baseball players reading newspapers.

It was absolutely hilarious. The show proceeded to be about everything “American” for at least 20 minutes.

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Please note the disturbing lack of bellybuttons. Apparently, it’s inappropriate for women to show their bellybuttons in China (you hardly ever see a Chinese woman showing off her midriff, even at the beach) so it cracked me up that the women in the show were often dressed in “two-piece” costumes but still had to cover up their bellies. This cultural difference was even more prominent during the show’s finale where we ended our round-the-world vacation in Brazil during Carnivale.

At the end of the show, we applauded and tried to make sense of the spectacle we just witnessed.

Gabby's face perfectly sums it up.

Gabby’s face perfectly sums it up.

All in all, I am SO glad we went. The entire thing was absolutely hilarious and so perfectly China: fun, weird, loud, and it made no sense whatsoever. If we’re ever invited to attend another show at Windows of the World, I’d go in a heartbeat. It’s good for your soul.

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Finally,here’s a preview of what’s to come in our next few posts. Spenser and I have discovered that my camera has a setting on it that records video for a few seconds before actually taking a picture. In turn, we created a video of clips from our 24-hour stay in Hong Kong. Enjoy!

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