Published: April 29th 2009April 23rd 2009 We have been in China for almost two weeks now. We are on a fast paced tour where train and bus are our main method of transport and the internet is hard to come by and connections are spotty when you can find them, so we apologize for the lapse in our blog updates. We are post-dating this one so it makes more sense chronologically, but will be following it up with another shortly.
Hong Kong Island
The Symphony of Light... and fog.
HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY MOM (NIT)!!! Sorry we could not get in touch with you, but Betty looks forward to going on your birthday cruise! Surprise!
We arrived in Hong Kong on a rainy warm evening but were excited to get out and see the sights. On our first night we explored Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Here we walked the Avenue of the Stars (the boardwalk along the north side of the Victoria Harbour) where we caught the ‘Symphony of Lights,’ a light and laser show that incorporates all the buildings that form the skyline of Hong Kong Island and is the world’s largest permanent light show. It was a bit too foggy to really enjoy, although the magnitude of it all
Tsim Sha Tsui
From the Star Ferry
was really impressive. The following day we took the Star Ferry across the harbour to Hong Kong Island where we strolled through SoHo and rode the historic Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak in hopes to see the city in all its glory, but again, the fog was so thick we could barely see twenty feet in front of us. We capped off the day with a visit to the Art Museum and an evening boat tour of Victoria Harbour. Our last full day started off with a taichi lesson and ended with shopping, which you could fill a whole week with in Hong Kong if you had the money. Hong Kong was clean but loud, easy to get around but tough to get where you are going; a kind of mix between New York City and Disney World.
Our last day in Hong Kong marked the first day of our month-long hike through China. We rendezvoused with our tour group, met our new travel mates and hopped a ferry to Macau, the Vegas of the East. Macau was really beautiful, with a mix of Asian and Portuguese architecture and a very hip vibe that made it almost feel
On the Avenue of the Stars with the Hong Kong Island skyline in the back.
like you were in a quaint European city, until we turned the corner and saw the strip, with huge casinos and bright lights. The most famous (and most gaudy) of them all is the Casino Lisboa, which we had the pleasure of losing some of our money in. The hotel part of this gem of a building is a huge tower in the shape of a lotus flower and inside is all gold and crystal. With just a day to explore in Macau, we visited the ruins of Church of St. Paul, walked down the cobblestone streets of Senado Square, and checked out the Luis de Camoes Garden & Grotto before hitching our first overnight train towards Yangshou.
There are more photos below