Layover Day in Hong Kong
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I planned my trip to allow for a one day layover here in Hong Kong -- I wanted to explore it, do some shopping and try out some of its restaurants. I called Ted to see how he was feeling -- and found out that he was still feeling poorly so would not be joining me on a tour of the city. He was still feverish and dizzy. Poor guy!
I started out with a dim sum breakfast and tea at a restaurant near my hotel. It was authentic and excellent!
Hong Kong is mostly on an island in the harbor -- and has a huge peak in the middle, Victoria Peak. It is very densely populated and packed with skyscrapers. It is amazing to see how they pack everything into such a small area with such a hilly topography.
I decided to start my visit at the top, so, I caught a double decker British styled bus to the tram station, and then rode it up to the top of Victoria Peak. It was an amazing cable car ride -- an 1800 foot climb, some at 45 degrees, so very steep to climb! At the top there is a nice trail to walk called the "Hong Kong Trail" that is 2.8 kilometers in length. It was a beautiful day, albeit a bit smoggy in the city so the pictures are not as clear as I would like. The hike on the trail was nice, in that you get to see all over the city, the bay and out to sea. It is an amazing collection of skyscrapers!
I got some shopping done -- Christmas ornaments, shot glasses for my collection and some clothing items. I also got a pair of shoes that were awesome looking and not expensive at all.
My next stop of Star Ferry and a harbor cruise. It was kind of funny -- because I ran into one of the other Backroads' guests -- Jody -- at the Ferry. She only did half the ferry trip, jumping off at Kowloon to do some shopping. I did the full hour tour. It was very nice, and gave a good basis for understanding the area better.
I went back to the hotel, got my last massage of the trip (awesome, btw), and then rested before meeting Jody for dinner at 8.
Jody left after dinner and we bade farewell. I went out for a bit longer, stopping in at a couple of clubs for a drink. Sunday night is probably not the best night to go bar hopping in Hong Kong! It was fun exploring the escalators that take you up and down the steep hills and through the maze of buildings!