The Salvation Army - Booth Lodge
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... the mainland, not the island of Hong Kong. Location is like a giant Chinatown but with wider streets. Not a lot of English in these parts, though it may be different on the island. Had real trouble trying to purchase clothes hangers. Got some Heineken and bottled water, so OK with staple items.
Other guys arrived about midnight, so will catch up with them this morning.
Nothing really planned today, though we go to the Sha-Tin Races tonight. Should be good.
Wow, what an amazing cultural diversity this place is. Went on a Star Ferries harbour cruise to see the light show plus a walk around the famous Ladies Market. A feast for the eyes, nose and ears.
I would have loved to have stayed longer in Hong Kong - perhaps another time.
After we returned from the peak we wandered up to the botanic & zoological gardens where I was expecting to see a lot of interesting plants. But there were few plants of interest, many similar to what were in other gardens we had wandered past. The animals were more interesting. A variety of monkeys, birds and lemurs were on display and a great tortoise. Most had fairly small enclosures but seemed ...
... building. But not to be out done the HSBC bank building, built in 1923 looked like a roman temple inside. The window dome on the top showing off an 8 sided window showing that at the time the HSBC bank had 8 branches in 8 major cities. However when the communists came in they seized the banks and thru them out. Later when the banks were allow back in being charged huge rents, some of them such as the HSBC didn't reoccupy this space. The World Financial Center Building is ...
... food. From there we took a wee mooch round a few electrical places in search of cheap and small tablets but I didn't find anything that took my fancy and have decided to hang on until Dani fetches my replacement phone out with her when we meet in Bangkok thanks to my mobile insurance company being jolly good chaps and agreeing my claim when it was stolen.
We went for a quick wander to Victoria park which was pleasant enough and peaceful to ...