An enjoyable day
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Another early start this morning, this time we had to make our way across the harbour to the Harbour-Plaza Hong Kong Hotel by 8:30am. This hotel is in a wonderful position right on the harbour. The pool was the best we saw with glass walls that allowed you to see the view from all angles. When you walk into the foyer, your eyes are immediately drawn to the floor to ceiling glass walls revealing the wonderful view of the harbour and across the water to Kowloon. After breakfast, we had a day of fee time until this evening.
Jacqui and I took Karen into the markets in Hong Kong that we visited the other day after our ride on the Peak Tram. Jacqui was after a watch like one of the ones I bought and Karen was looking for some fun things for her kids, I was just looking.
After shopping, we made our way to the longest escalator in the world and slowly meandered our way to the top. The singular escalator makes its way down in the morning until 10am for working commuters and for the rest of the day until midnight goes up hill. The escalator consists of 20 escalators and 3 moving sidewalks that wind their way through the central and western districts, it is 800 meters long, and climbs 135 vertical meters. It takes 20 minutes if you ride all the way standing still. There are over 35 000 people carried daily. After the ride to the top, we dawdled our way through the streets and alleyways below the escalator discovering all the wonderful little shops as we made our way back to the bottom.
At 7:45pm, we were booked on a Symphony of Lights Harbour Cruise, which takes you out onto the harbour to view the laser light show, this was pretty dodgy, they were calling it a cocktail cruise, and the drinks left a lot to be desired. I was almost glad when the ride was over.
After the cruise Jacqui, Karen and I made our way along the Avenue of Stars. The avenue of starts is a tribute to Hong Kong’s stars in the Movie industry, with statues all the way along and all sorts of performances by local artists. This would also make a great place to watch the Symphony of Lights.