Day 15 Hong Kong Tour Day

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

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What I did
Visited Stanley Market, Repulse Bay, Aberdeen Floating Community to include Jumbo Restaurant, and finally Victoria Peak

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Good morning

Today is 20 August 2011, our only scheduled tour day of Hong Kong. The itinerary for the day includes Victoria Peak observation point overlooking Victoria Harbour, Stanley Market, Repulse Bay, and finally the Aberdeen Harbour.

We departed the hotel at 0830 enroute to Victoria Peak.  Our drive up a winding mountain side didn't afford many picture opportunities.  Why you might ask?  Well there are two reasons.  The main reason is our driver was driving like a "MANIAC."  It was so bad, Robin Janell got car sick.  Secondly, trees and shrubbery was everywhere, essentially blocking what would have been great views.  Albert would say look left while describing something to us; all we saw were blurry trees and shrubbery.  Anyway, we made it to the top in one piece.  On Victoria Peak was a large mall, observation point and tram station.  The view of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island was awesome!  We all took pictures with the harbour as a backdrop.  We also walked around the mall (saw a Hard Rock Store) for a few minutes and got drinks in a 7-Eleven store. 

We departed Victoria Peak with our daredevil driver at the helm heading down the hill towards Stanley Market.  Stanley Market is approximately a one square city block area of local vendors (sort of like a flea market).  They are not too aggressive here, but if you show interest in their products, they swoop in for the kill!  We walked around for awhile and make a few purchases.  Rosalind and I had our names written in Chinese on a piece of cardstock.  I purchased silk neckties for $1.37 each; the same ones that cost $35.00 in the stores at home.  It’s really hot and humid by now; so I’m ready to go. 

We left the market and headed to Aberdeen Harbour.  Along the way, we passed by Repulse Bay; a glitzy beach area for the rich.  We didn’t stop, but was able to get a pretty good glimpse of the beach.  You should have seen all of the yachts docked or cruising the water.  When we arrived at Aberdeen Harbour; our jaws dropped.  You should have seen all of the fishing boats anchored in the harbour.  We boarded a local tour boat to explore the harbour.  The first stop on the tour was Jumbos Restaurant.  This is a floating restaurant; the only way to get to it is by boat.  Jumbo Restaurant is famous for being in two pretty good movies; Rush Hour 2 and 007’s Tomorrow Never Die.  Albert told us Jumbo's is a great tourist site, but the food was not good.  You should see all of the yachts docked around the place too. 

After circling Jumbos, we headed towards the Floating City; fishing boats that are home to many fishermen.  Many have two boats; one stays anchored while they got out fishing on the other.  When they are finished for the day, they merely come back home to the other boat.  Many of the boats (the larger ones) have electricity, satellite TV, air conditioning and many other amenities, while the remainder was just ordinary boats that almost seemed unlivable.  It was truly a sight to see; row after row after row of boats in the crowded harbour.  And it smelled big time. 

We finished the boat ride, boarded the bus and headed back to the hotel; we were done for the day.  Albert checked to see if anyone wanted to take any optional tour(s).  The other two couples wanted to go to the big Buddha; Rosalind and I decided to just chill tomorrow (since she already has the big Buddha) and walk around the area close to the hotel.  We had dinner tonight in one of the hotel restaurants again.  We both had fish and chips.  That was it for the day.  Looking forward to sleeping in late tomorrow, since nothing is on the agenda.

Good night

Lionel and Rosalind


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