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Published: October 4th 2018
The Mid-Level Escalators
For some reason this is the only photo I took...
So today we were super tourists and did touristy things all day. Well, not all day, we didn't wake up till 10 and didn't leave our room till 11 and didn't finish breakfast until 1, because it then became lunch, and then the girls found some shops so that was a couple of hours...but after that, we did all the touristy stuff. In a truncated format.
First up we went to the midlevel escalators, I didn't know what they were but I think probably everybody else does. But in case you share my ignorance, it's the biggest set of escalators in the world that join one level of Hong Kong to the next level with a bunch of shops and restaurants. It's cool. It's a lot cooler when the escalator's going the way you want to go, which it was on the way up, going down all those stairs was less fun. Still very cool though getting to see everything off to the sides.
I'm getting mixed up when we did things but there was a cool coffee shop somewhere around there so we tried a coffee there that was really cool and got some ice-cream and
they put the ice cream into the cone so it looks like a flower - it's really cool. That was near an escalator I think so I think I've got the timeline right. Who cares anyway?
The next thing on the touristy list was to go to the peak on the tram. So we started walking that direction, but on the way was a zoological garden with monkeys and reptiles and aviaries, so we spent an hour or so there looking at the monkeys play. They have flamingos there too. I'd never seen them before, they're incredible, I didn't realise how brilliant their colouring was. Unless they're spray painted...possibly...
Oh we found a cool tea place somewhere in here too, it was famous for something or other, but they do super strong tea. I got a couple of videos of how they make it but I didn't get any photos so it's not super useful for this blog, but if you're in Hong Kong, and you find a little store with a big line selling strong milk tea, you should get it It's good.
So after the park it was a quick walk to the line up
I should have tried to remember what and where but...I didn't
for the Peak Tram. Which went for about 2 hours (the line that is). So I think an even more touristy thing to do than going on the Peak Tram is to look at the line for the Peak Tram and say 'Nah!' and go somewhere for happy hour. So that's what we did. Kate & Lloyd had found a rooftop bar while we were at Disneyland yesterday that we had wanted to go to last night but they wouldn't let kids in after 6:00. Since it was still early we went up there and had a couple of drinks on the rooftop of a 25 floor building and got some really amazing views of Hong Kong looking out towards Kowloon.
From there we wandered back to get our luggage and catch a Star Ferry (touristy) back across to Kowloon just in time for the light show (touristy), and then it was time to make our way back to the Mainland. It's not he ideal way to end a really good day, it's mundane and miserable and passport people are depressing but anyway, we had to leave eventually so it might as well be when you're tired and over
it so it doesn't ruin a good mood.
A couple of highlights from today...
• I tore my trousers at about lunchtime and they kept tearing through the day to the size where you could fit a fist and a half through it. So I was well ventilated.
• Liam got his shoelace stuck in an escalator and found that harrowing
• Ivy has chosen to call me Dad now. I'm not super pleased.
I think that's about it. Hope everything's good with everybody :-) See you later!
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