Tuesday, April 3, 2007
The alarm woke us at 7 am giving us time for breakfast, taking in the laundry…only $5.00 for three pounds of clothing…and a quick go on the free Internet in the lobby. They have two computers and they are extremely fast. We checked emails for any problems at home and then on the bus by 8:45 am for our morning tour with Jo and Polly.
More history: The British were awarded the
We asked about earthquakes and Polly said “mama who who”: so – so…but they do have the skyscrapers built to withstand typhoons and high winds. Polly said that as a child her mother said to be careful when saying “so, so”….if she said “mama ho ho” it would mean that she was calling her mother a “horse”.
Our first stop was at the longest escalator in the world. Built in 1993 it is 800 meters long and is used like a subway for the people to get down from the residential section at the top of the mountain to the commercial area at the bottom. We started half way down and ended at the bottom in
We then drove to
After a quick wash room stop (we all agreed that we’ve found the cleanest and best stocked rest rooms in
Back on the bus and by the way…we’ve been having light sprinkles since our first stop this morning… we drove through the tunnel to the other side of the island to the
Our last stop was at the Aberdeen Jewelry Factory for a quick demonstration on the making of jewelry and then an opportunity to purchase some of the exquisite pieces. Many were tempted but much to the delight of the husbands we all left empty handed and headed back to the hotel. We have the afternoon free for lunch; we ate our noodle soup in our room that we purchased yesterday at the grocery store. We’re hoping for no rain tonight on our evening tour. I think that we’re going to walk to Victoria Park this afternoon.
Yes, we walked to the park but I got cold and headed back to hotel after dropping Jim at the Hong Kong Public Library. I also had a toe that was beginning a blister. Walked in and found the free computers open so spend some time on that before heading to the room. Jim arrived back on schedule at 4 pm and we were ready for the evening tour that began at 5:30.
Polly does an excellent job with her running narrative. She told us her Chinese name is Fun Lin (at least that what it sounded like). Also the 2008 Olympic Event being held in
Our first stop was at a Malaysian Restaurant in
After dinner it was raining lightly as we made our way to the bus; by the way we’re a group of twenty tonight plus three guides. A small group from another OAT group joined us for the Optional Tour this evening. A short ride took us to the Asian Night Market where we wandered in the rain for forty minutes. A few small purchases: my umbrella gave out this evening so I got a new on for HK$39. (about $5) and Jim found a belt for another $5.; nothing to break the bank. Gene found his t-shirt from
Our next stop was at the Star Ferry Terminal for a walk along the waterfront with views of
Drove up Victoria Peak for the view of the Harbor and city at night; misting lightly so views were not as spectacular as on a clear night. Enjoyed the views for about half an hour and then most got ice cream before heading back to the bus and the trip down the mountain. By this time it was “raining” and we definitely had lost the view. But our stop at the bottom for a ride on the double decker trolly was fun even if a bit cold.
Our last discovery before the hotel was a drive down