Monday..........touring Hong Kong
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Open the bathroom door and it smells really smokey, so ring Guest Services mgr and arrange for a different room for tonight. Go down to tour desk and arrange to do tour leaving hotel at this arvo. There is a free hotel shuttle service to/from near the Harbourtown shopping centre, so I catch the next mini bus. They leave every 20 minutes. Spend a couple of hours at the centre; it is huge, then return to the hotel and go on the tour. Tour is with Gray Line, HKD320, AUD32.
First stop is at a small temple complex, Man Mo. I don’t stay inside for long; the incense is very strong and consequently it is not a very pleasant experience. Then we catch the tram to Victoria Peak, take the requisite photos.
Back down the peak by bus and then to Aberdeen Fishing Village. Well, not so much a village as an opportunity for tourists to ride on a sampan, around AUD10. Afterwards we went to Repulse Bay and Stanley Market, an open air market, which sells a variety of cheap goods. I went to Dymocks (yes, there they were) and bought three hardbacks for a total of around AUD30.
After arriving back at the hotel about 7:30, I open the bathroom door and the bathroom is full of the smell of cigarette smoke. The on duty Guest Manager comes up and he can’t smell it either. I guess Australians don’t have their senses ruined by Hong Kong air, or maybe it’s partly genetic? Quite fascinating. Anyway I finally change rooms and am on another floor. No smoke smell here.
9:30 pm go in search of a meal with a glass of wine. After an hour of walking I finally give up and catch a taxi back to the hotel, around AUD2.