Blogs from Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, Asia - page 2


Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai October 28th 2014

Hong Kong: Haircut, Lee Gardens and Times Square This morning we left the hotel, walked around the block, down a short hill, across a busy street with construction, weaved our way through some barricades and found Hennessey Street and the Amour Salon. You may have noticed in the blog pictures, that with all this humidity my hair was getting a little long and wild ;-) Amour, is a cute little shop with about 6 chairs. All the hair products are L’Oreal. First I was shown a book with 4 prices from $290 Hong Kong dollars to $480 HKD- divide by 7 for US dollars. Next to each price was the level of person that I wanted to cut my hair. Lowest level and least money was Experience under 6 months. Then it went up from there ... read more
City of Escalators
Lunch Stop

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai October 27th 2014

Hong Kong: Champagne, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride & Laundry Last night ended with a sweet surprise. When we were returning from Hors d’oeuvres up in the lounge, we noticed a Marriott server ringing our doorbell. Yes, we have a doorbell on our room ;-) He had a beautiful setting of desserts, fresh strawberries with chocolate dips and champagne with glasses. Cope told him he had the wrong room as we hadn’t ordered anything. The server just smiled and handed me a card that said “Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary and your belated birthday. This lovely cart WAS for us! ;-) Marriott management had sent it up. NICE! I guess we’re going to have leisurely mornings in Hong Kong as virtually nothing opens before 9:30 or 10 however; they stay open till 11 or midnight. Definitely not ... read more
Breakfast Each Morning
Big Bus

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai October 27th 2014

Hong Kong: Victoria Peak Tram, Jackie Chan and Bamboo As we wandered though Hong Kong Park again, we decided to take advantage of the Victoria Peak Tram ride as part of the Big Red Bus package we bought. The Big Bus woman in her red and yellow shirt told us we should go RIGHT now because there was no line. Well, her definition of “no line” was a 30 minute wait;-) . The big red tram which was built in the early 1900’s would take us up the 1200 meter high Victoria Peak, named after Queen Victoria. About 50 people packed onto 2 cars for the 20 minute ride to the top. As we approached the observation tower, we were expecting incredible views, which we got, but amazingly we also found a huge shopping center/mall awaiting ... read more
Tram Time
Jackie Chan and Cope
Victoria Peak and Hong Kong

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai October 25th 2014

Where the heck are we? We have seen the Aleutian Islands, Japan’s cities of Kushiro, Kanazawa, Fukuoka and Nagasaki. Traveling north, we traveled to Jeju Island, Incheon, the DMZ and Seoul, South Korea. Across the Yellow Sea to Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai and now…after two days at sea we have woken up at 6am to watch the ship come into Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong (SAR) China. The Captain opened the doors to the bow (where passengers are not usually allowed) so we headed out of our cabin to take a look. They had coffee and “Hong Kong Star Ferry Rolls” on the deck waiting for us. We understand that the same rolls change names depending on the port. Hong Kong rolls become, Singapore rolls, become, Sydney rolls, etc. ;-) Nevertheless they were delicious. As we left the ... read more
Kei, Our Marriott Driver
In the elevator
What a view

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai October 4th 2014

I am trying to find the right words to describe this place - A seething mass of humanity(the armpit of the world) There is no room left here - Put up the FULL HOUSE signs Hong Kong. If you are looking for a shopping extravaganza then this is the place to be. If its a relaxing holiday you are wanting - go to the MALDIVES! We are a bit travel bruised, so maybe the Jetlag has got inside our heads.... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai August 24th 2014

couple of shots taken from hotel window. leaving early in morning for airport - flight to london. next pics will be in london... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai August 24th 2014

Hi everyone back home Well, it's 30 deg plus here - hot - hot -hot. 90% humidity. First day we got horribly lost, walked for miles (it seemed) in the wrong direction. Oh dear!! Today we did much better. Maps actually do help. ha ha. We went across to Tsim sha Tsui (chim sar choy) on the ferry. Had a wander round area. See photo's. Will try to post in a couple of days from London. Oh, I forgot to mention, if I ever win lotto, I am bringing all the daughters in law and daughter and sister etc for a shopping spree. This place is unbelievable for gorgeous clothes, and beautiful childrens wear.... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai February 21st 2014

I had to take a layover in Hong Kong to get a good mileage trip on United from Hawaii to Bangkok, so I decided that I might as well make the most of it, and stretch out my layover as long as I could and explore that mysterious oriental-occidental mishmash. My flight got in at 22:30, which was 04:30 Hawaii time, so just equated to a bit of an early wake-up call. Well. . .that would be true under the assumption that I slept on my flights, but with a middle transfer in Guam, and my inability to sleep without lying down, I didn't catch many Zzz's. So I took in some coffee-fuel to keep the motor running. I stashed my stuff “left baggage” and headed to Wan Chai, one of the major nightlife areas. This ... read more
Hong Kong
A particularly alluring alley
US vs Canada

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai September 18th 2013

Today I handed in my tax forms (I love HK tax forms, it was very easy and I didn't have to pay anything). when I came out of the Revenue Building, I came across a protest outside the Immigration Building. Protests are a regular occurrence in HK, there are: Pro-China, Anti-China, Pro-Britain, Anti-falun Gong, Pro-Democracy, Anti-protests... in fact, you name it; Kongers will protest. But these weren't Kongers. This was a group of domestic helpers; the Tetes, or 'Aunties'. Their chant, "We are workers! We're not slaves!" may seem a little extreme, but is, in my opinion, more than justified. Two months ago, a football match between Hong Kong and Philippines was marred by HK fans chanting "You're all just slaves!" at their rivals. And this kind of behaviour is not restricted to football hooliganism. It's ... read more
tete protest 2

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai September 6th 2013

My day in Hong Kong consisted of walking mostly. I started the day with no real aim but to wander the streets and do what I wanted to! Spolied I know. Breakfast started at a 7-eleven and a starbucks, purely because I spoke no cantonese and no one seemed to speak any mandarin. English however was widely accepted. I found myself at Shun Tak shopping mall on Victoria Harbour. Some really nice views of the Harbour there. I found myself getting on the MTR (subway) to Wan Chai where I found the Hong Kong Convention and exhibition center. Outside the convention center next to the water was a beautiful golden statue of a flower known as the Golden Bauhinia. This is the flower on the Hong Kong flag and holds a lot of meaning to Hong ... read more

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