Layover Day in Hong Kong

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Top of Tram

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.

City of Skyscrapers

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.

Hong Kong Shanghai Bank
  I came back down the tram and over to my hotel to drop off the purchases -- and by then it was time for lunch.  I found a place that had a delicious bowl of noodles with barbequed pork, vegetables and wontons.  It was cheap and quite good!

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.

Junks in Hong Kong Harbor
  We ate at Man Wah, the restaurant at the top of my hotel.  It had a great view of the entire city and bay.  We split a bottle of Pinot Grigio with our meal of calimari appetizers, hot and sour soup, abalone, dried and shredded  spiced beef and asparagus.  For dessert, a delicious mango pudding.  It was really nice.

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!

 

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Top of Tram
Top of Tram
City of Skyscrapers
City of Skyscrapers
Hong Kong Shanghai Bank
Hong Kong Shanghai Bank
Junks in Hong Kong Harbor
Junks in Hong Kong Harbor
My hotel, Mandarin Oriental
My hotel, Mandarin Oriental
View from my room
View from my room
Tram to Victoria Peak
Tram to Victoria Peak
View from top of Victoria Peak
View from top of Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak Condos
Victoria Peak Condos
Smoggy view of Hong Kong from Vict…
Smoggy view of Hong Kong from Vic…
View of Hong Kong Harbor
View of Hong Kong Harbor
Me at the top of Victoria Peak
Me at the top of Victoria Peak
Downtown View
Downtown View
Opera House
Opera House
Downtown view
Downtown view
Skyscraper in Hong Kong
Skyscraper in Hong Kong
Skyscraper with cool circular wind…
Skyscraper with cool circular win…
The Peninsula Hotel from the Harbo…
The Peninsula Hotel from the Harb…
View from Victoria Peak
View from Victoria Peak
View of Kowloon
View of Kowloon
Hong Kong Harbor
Hong Kong Harbor
On Harbor Cruise
On Harbor Cruise
Hong Kong Harbor
Hong Kong Harbor
37,958 km (23,586 miles) traveled
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