The Peak, Hong Kong Island and dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel
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Day 2 saw the beginning of a wonderful day in Hong Kong, the rest of our group were all going on a Lantau Island Monastery Tour so that left Jacqui and me to our own devices. We were doing a different tour later in the week, so I missed seeing the Monastery this time. Today Jacqui and I had plans to head up to the peak (fog permitting), and for a full day of shopping before we needed to be at the Grand Hyatt for dinner and a site inspection.
As luck would have it, today was the clearest day we spent in HK, so the Peak was on, but not before enjoying a scrumptious breakfast in the hotel dining room.
Off to the Star Ferry for our ride across the glittering harbour to Hong Kong Island. On our way to the ferry, we passed the Prada shop where men were putting in the Christmas decorations.
After disembarking the ferry, we made our way to the bus that was to take us to the Peak Tram terminal. You can catch a bus that will take you all the way to the Peak and apparently, it is quite a hair-raising ride, as it takes you through very steep winding streets and past magnificent homes on the way.
There is nothing like the Peak Tram, it climbs 373 metres (approx 1200 feet) up the side of a hill, winding its way through skyscrapers and lush tropical trees. It is so steep that the buildings look like they are leaning at a 45-degree angle.
We made it to the top! Our thought was to go straight to the viewing platform, as we didn’t know how long the fog would hold off for, but being two ladies with a passion for shopping, we couldn’t resist looking through all the shops on the way to the top of the Peak Tower.
Now I’m not one normally put off by heights, but I will admit to an attack of vertigo as we made our way up all the glass sided escalators that appeared to hang in the air. Jacqui had to stand and face me and not look at anything else on the way, as she was terrified. I am so proud of her though, because I know she hated the ride but she never chickened out.
Once out on the viewing platform Jacqui was fine, so we wandered around taking photos of the magnificent view, and just enjoyed the sights.
We rode the Tram back to the depot and from there caught an open top double-decker bus for a fun ride through the busy streets of Hong Kong to Hennessy Road and... SHOPPING!
I won’t bore you with too many of the details, suffice to say I managed to get one of the things on my list and bought not one, but two watches, and the little alley markets were a treasure trove of all sorts of goodies. Jacqui bought her sons some fantastic dress up costumes.
Back at our hotel, we went through all our purchases, and then headed up to the roof top pool to relax in one of the heated spas before we had to get ready for dinner.
The Grand Hyatt Hotel is a spectacular hotel on Hong Kong Island not far from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Here J.J.’s Restaurant treated us to a delectable dinner of authentic home-style Thai cuisine served in one of the two private dining rooms. After dinner, it was on to J.J’s music room for a night of live music, dancing and tasty cocktails until the wee small hours.