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Trip Start Jul 03, 2009
Trip End Aug 16, 2009

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The Renaissance Harbour View

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Monday, July 27, 2009

I can handle Hong Kong, it gets the city girl in me excited. I like walking on a near empty walk way and then out of nowhere having hundreds of people rush in our direction (we are always walking against traffic even when we try to be smart walkers). I like the aggression, I like that the ladies here sport long knee socks and huge high heels in ninety degree heat without breaking a sweat. I love the t-shirts like they have in Japan with phrases like "I will do your homework" and “Element #79” and completely non-sensical ones like “Mickey Mouse Always Loving Peaceful Every Day”. I like that grown women wear shirts with Elmo on them. These shirts are obviously not sanctioned by Sesame Workshop as we saw one with Big Bird on it that said “SURPRISE” with a picture of him next to an egg he had just laid…We have a new favorite shirt which begs the question, “do these kids know what their t-shirts say?” Parents, pull your kids away from the computer screen because this nice looking twelve year old kid was wearing a shirt that said “You need crack and an f'ing blow job.” Huh.

I like the A.D.D-ness of it all. You look at one cool building for ten seconds and then move onto the next equally as amazing sight or individual. Our second day in Hong Kong gave us plenty to look at and I think I gave the good people of Hong Kong quite a show in the morning.

Joe and I were walking to breakfast. It had been raining and I guess the tread on my less than fashionable Crocs had worn thin because I just fell. According to Joe, I fell geriatric style, kind of in a slow silent crumple to the ground with no time to let out a peep. I had chosen my finest electric blue t-shirt that morning, in case anyone was going to miss my fall. I’m fine, I gave the good people of Hong Kong and my delightful husband a good laugh (once he realized that Grandma hadn’t broken a hip). I was in such a frenzy after my fall that we ended up at a shifty British themed restaurant for breakfast. I could have used some comfort food post-dive but instead ordered the traditional British meal in which I was sorely disappointed.

The day gets much better from here. We headed out to Lantau Island to our first of two tram rides for the day. The first was called the Ngong 360, a 3 mile massive cable car system taking us to the highest peak in Hong Kong. We paid a little extra to get the “CRYSTAL CABIN” which basically means that your cable car has a glass bottom to further enjoy the scenery. It was well worth it as we passed over waterfalls, beautiful hills, and even some wild dogs. At the top of the tram was a totally bizarre village/amusement park-like area where one could do the following:

-go see the world’s largest sitting Buddha (It’s huge! See photos)

-have a snow cone

-eat a vegetarian meal with the monks at the attached monastery

-go see a 15 minute cartoon about monkeys

-take a 3D walk with Buddha (not sure how this one works as it cost a lot of money, we didn’t have any psychotropic drugs with us and I take my walks with Jesus…)

-buy any assortment of cheap good such as waving cat figurines

We went back to Central Hong Kong to have some lunch at a recommended restaurant from our trusty guide book. Joe and I never go for buffets but this was quite the buffet. Vegas take a seat. All of the food was tasty and fresh without the American fat kids sneezing into it or licking the whip cream spoon! There was a full fresh seafood bar, a sushi bar, peking duck, goose, and chicken, a massive salad bar, ramen bar, pasta bar and the wildest Willy Wonka style dessert bar we had ever seen (shaved ice, twenty different cakes, ice cream, shot glass desserts, and a side of heart paddles). The two businessmen next to us were a tad disgusted by the whole process but after Joe and I saw what our “Moderately priced” buffet was costing us, we took full advantage. It was also amazing being from the Old Country Buffet school of massive quantities of food consumption to see the Chinese people try plenty of the food but in completely appropriate/tiny portion sizes.

Onto our next tram, the Peak Tram to get up to Victoria Peak, offering beautiful views of the Hong Kong skyline. It was here that the city girl in me got a little exhausted as I saw a mother push her six year old little girl in front of Joe so she could get the family a good seat on the tram. After making my snotty remark, Joe reminded me that in a city of 6.9 million people, every little extra inch of space makes a difference. He was right. I pushed that little girl right out of the way so we could have a window seat. I’m from a city of 12 million people little girl, I know how to roll. Just kidding…sort of. After our harrowingly diagonal ride up the mountain we arrived at A MALL! After a brief trip through the mall we headed outside to see the amazing views. We arrived at a perfect time, just as the sun was setting and all of the buildings started to light up for the night. It was a spectacular sight.

After a day in the sun, so many trams and so many people, we headed back to the hotel and ordered room service, a rare luxury for us. What’s next? 
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