Day 16 Hong Kong Optional Tour(s) Day

Trip Start Aug 01, 2011
Trip End Aug 25, 2011

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Walked through one of the the City Market areas near the hotel and went to the Harbor

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Morning all

Today is Sunday, 21 August 2011 and a leisure day for us. We did not sign up for any optional tours for today.  It was nice sleeping in too this morning; we didn't get up until about 0930.  After breakfast, we went back to the room, watched the news, checked email, and yes went back to sleep!  Come On…I know what you’re thinking…all they do is sleep after breakfast.  Not so fast playa…we’ve been up and down, pounding pavement from sun up to sun down, almost every day for 14 days.  Okay? Okay!  Now that we are straight on this little issue…let’s continue. 

We finally hit the streets at about 1700, first walking down the main street of the local market.  We saw big piles of bamboo and stands selling fruits and vegetables, dry goods, and meat; all intermingled with each other.  Let me tell you a little more about the bamboo.  It is very strong, and is the ONLY material used in Hong Kong for scaffolding, period end of story.  It doesn’t matter how high a building is built, if scaffolding is involved, it will be bamboo.  And the bamboo is tied together with straps.  We saw 50-60 story buildings under construction and yes, they were surrounded by bamboo scaffolding.  Albert told us that an 80 story apartment building is about to begin construction; and bamboo scaffolding will be used.  Amazing! 

Now to the meats; they were not in refrigerated coolers of glass display cases we are used to seeing; NO, they were freshly cut pieces just hanging on display racks.  It was hot and muggy, in the middle of the day, and meat just hanging out in the open.  We watched the local gobble it up so it must be okay.  I would just have a hard time eating that meat.  But think about it, it’s probably fresher than the meat we get in the store every day.  But I sure feel better about the meat from the stores.  I guess it’s a psychological thing. 

After covering the market, we made our way to one another street that had shops and stores, restaurants, etc…  It was a busy street with people moving here and there.  We ran into an ATM; stopped at it and reloaded.  We continued walking down a few more of the streets with the results pretty much the same as with the others.  We made our way back to the hotel after covering a square city block.  Rosalind was on foot, so that was more than enough.

As we approached the hotel, we noticed the hotel shuttle bus was loading for the trip downtown; we decided to catch it and have dinner in the city.  After about a 15 minute ride, we were smack dab in the middle of town.  We got off of the bus and headed to the waterfront.  During our walk, we passed the famous "Peninsula Hotel."  I snapped a picture of Rosalind in front of a fountain near the street.  The Peninsula Hotel is for the upper crust; many Rolls-Royces and Bentleys were parked outside; and the staff working outside wore tails.  The Peninsula is also famous for its afternoon “high tea” at a cost of $98.00 per person.  The tea in my room is free, and I’m on the fifteenth floor; so I guess you can say I have high tea too every day.  Mine is much cheaper, and the company is better!   

We came to a large intersection, saw where we needed to get to, but didn’t see how we could get there.  The intersection was so big and busy; pedestrians were not allowed to cross.  We had to take an escalator down and walk underneath the intersection to get to the other side.  We came out inside another mall.  The malls here are big!  We wanted to get to the waterfront to get a couple of pictures of Victoria Harbour and the tall buildings on Hong Kong Island from ground level (remember our previous pictures of this area were from Victoria Peak).  Man its hot…that’s all I will say.  We made it to an area similar to a boardwalk and took in the scenery; entertainment, shops, sitting areas, and people taking the same pictures.  A radio station was putting on some type of talent show or contest, so we stopped for a minute or two and listened to a couple of young ladies sing.  I asked a man (with a nice camera around his neck) and he agreed to take a picture of Rosalind and me with the harbor as the backdrop.  It’s approaching supper time; so we retraced our path back to the other side of the big intersection.  We didn’t know what we wanted to eat, but saw an Outback Steakhouse and TGI Fridays.  We walked a little further down the street to see if we found something else we might like to try; we didn’t.  The street was dotted with fast food and CHINESE food establishments; I still don’t want any Chinese food.  So we steeled for TGI Fridays.  I had a half slab of ribs, fries and a salad; Rosalind had a burger with fries.  After dinner, we walked across the street and caught the hotel shuttle back to the hotel.  We were back by 2030.  Once we arrived I walked across the street to one of the market stores and picked us up some butter cookies (know I need some desert) and a couple of cokes; they were much cheaper than in the hotel.  We made it back to the room and just relaxed for the rest of the evening.  Tomorrow is, you guessed it, our last moving day before returning home.  We head to the Conrad hilton Hong Kong on Hong Kong Island tomorrow at about noon. 

That’s it for the night…Sweet dreams!

Lionel and Rosalind

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