Day 16 Hong Kong Optional Tour(s) Day
Trip Start Aug 01, 2011
34Trip 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
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
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
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
That’s it for the night…Sweet dreams!
Lionel and Rosalind