Exploring Hong Kong Island

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Up early, a quick breakfast, and then transferred out of my nice accomodations at the Renaissance Kowloon to the West Hotel a bit further north but still in Kowloon.  Settled in here for a bit and then headed out to catch the MTR Subway over to Hong Kong Island proper.  Wandered a bit to get my bearings after coming out of the MTR station in the maze of towering skyscrapers that stretch to the sky around me  (I always find it difficult to situate myself on exiting a subway station for the first time - except later in Beijing which had excellent maps depicting the station orientation).  I know that I need to head uphill to find the Peak Tramway for the ride up Victoria Peak so that helps somewhat in giving me a direction to follow and quickly I find some street signs that correspond to my map and I'm on way.

Exploring Kowloon at night

Buy a round trip ticket and wait in line for the Tram to head to the top (relatively speaking) of Victoria Peak.  Take the ride up on something like the 5th generation Tram over the last 100+ years that a tram has been in operation in this location.  At the top are many restaurants, shops, and amazing views out over the expanse that is Hong Kong and Kowloon.  I explored for a few hours, eating lunch at one of the small restaurants in the Peak Tower and then returned back down the hillside via the Tram.

Instead of returning to Kowloon via the MTR, I walked to the harbor and caught the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor to Kowloon.  Then walked up Canton Rd to my new hotel.  Met some new people that I would spend some time with in China over the next few weeks.  Then went to dinner and visited the Temple Street Night Market, walking through the stalls selling mostly useless trinkets.  When I had been hassled enough by the proprietors of these establishments and other street hawkers, I returned to my hotel and crawled into bed to sleep.

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View of Hong Kong
View of Hong Kong
Exploring Kowloon at night
Exploring Kowloon at night
Street Scene - Kowloon
Street Scene - Kowloon
Street Scene - Hong Kong Island
Street Scene - Hong Kong Island
Viewing up the hillside - Hong Kon…
Viewing up the hillside - Hong Ko…
Waiting for the Peak Tram
Waiting for the Peak Tram
Here comes the Peak Tram
Here comes the Peak Tram
Riding the Peak Tram to Victoria P…
Riding the Peak Tram to Victoria …
Another Tram descending from Victo…
Another Tram descending from Vict…
A view of Hong Kong between buildi…
A view of Hong Kong between build…
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
View of Hong Kong
View of Hong Kong
Kowloon Harbor
Kowloon Harbor
View of Hong Kong
View of Hong Kong
Return trip down the Peak Tram
Return trip down the Peak Tram
Looking back on the descent
Looking back on the descent
Buildings in Hong Kong
Buildings in Hong Kong
Looking UP!
Looking UP!
Looking UP again
Looking UP again
DONY - the mascot of the 2009 East…
DONY - the mascot of the 2009 Eas…
Star Ferry crossing Victoria Harbor
Star Ferry crossing Victoria Harbor
On board the Star Ferry
On board the Star Ferry
Reflections
Reflections
Hong Kong Hotels & Accommodations review
West Hotel
This was definitely a step down after leaving the Renaissance but it wasn't supposed to be of the same caliber. I was here one night before leaving f… read entire review
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