Day 43 - Shopping and the Symphony of Lights
Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
105Trip End Jan 09, 2013
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Anton had decided to get a new camera for work and diving so we headed to an area that he had researched
Then we headed up a ramp and found a beautiful Chinese garden complete with a water fountain and lazy terrapins. So lovely. Next we continued on and found an aviary with parrots, hornbills and other exotic birds and a water birds park. We were fascinated to see a black necked swan. We didn't know they existed. The park also had a circular rose garden. It was super to escape the crazy shopping streets into a green haven and was great to see that the city really places importance on having green zones for relaxation.
After our stroll we headed into a Japanese restaurant across the road. It was a very interesting experience as we had no idea how it all worked. We were seated on stools at the sushi belt, very compact, and in front of us were mugs and plates. We worked out that you take a scoop of green tea powder from one of the pots on the table and then fill the mug with hot water from a little spout on the table counter
We then headed back to the hotel via the ferry for some chill time.
Our chill time was cut a little short when, after some research, Anton discovered that the amazing camera deal he had been offered was not in fact as amazing as it had been made out to be. We felt it was only right to take it up with the shop so made our way back to the ferry and back to Kowloon. We arrived and Anton explained very politely that he wasn't happy. After not much of an argument, they agreed to reimburse us some of the money. So although it wasn't exactly the best deal ever we felt better about the purchase.
We had booked an evening harbour tour so had an hour to kill in Kowloon. We started strolling down the street next to the pier and found the most beautiful spot, Heritage 1881. Basically it used to be the old police headquarters and the spot where the harbour police were stationed to communicate with the incoming and outgoing vessels. A time ball was built here that was set to the exact time based on GMT. At exactly 13:00 every day, a siren sounded and the ball was dropped. Captains on vessels coming into the harbour could reset their chronometers which had probably gone out of synch due to the crossing of date lines etc. The time ball tower is still in place and the circular courtyard surrounding it has been dedicated to this historic purpose although today the building houses a fancy restaurant and a couple of expensive brand shops like Tiffany's. It really was a magical find and we thoroughly enjoyed reading up about the history.
We then caught our ferry back to the Central Pier and then hopped on our harbour cruise boat