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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island November 30th 2014

Hello People, So today we had planned to go to Macau, however with our budget it was too expensive, also we were told it was only worth seeing at night with all the casinos and night life so we decided to have a rest day....that was until the lads in our dorm suggested we go with them on the dragon back hike (voted Asia's number 1 hike). We looked it up and it was a 9km hike up 4 peaks, the highest being shy of 300 metres. We had to get the metro to Shau Kei Wan then change to bus 9 to Shek O, rd 1 stop. We thought it would be a nightmare but it was so easy to get there, the public transport here is second to none really!!! So first irritation was ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island November 28th 2014

Hello followers, So today we are on Hong Kong Island!!! It's a small NYC really. Our plans for today are to visit all of Hong Kong islands main attractions. We started by heading to Victoria park, right next to our hostel. The park is situated in between all the sky scrapers and city buildings, the park includes a running/jogging track around the edge, 6 football pitches, about 20 tennis courts (including the Asia games main staduim and finally tai chi area which was packed. We then headed to the Hong Kong convention and exhibition centre, it was packed with a jewellery show and a HSBC award so unfortunately we couldn't see the main hall :( (one in rush hour 2), Still it was good to see and we also saw the Golden Bauhinia Square (which was ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island October 31st 2014

Hi All, I spent the national weeks holiday at the beginning of October in Shenzhen so I couldn't resist a trip over in to Hong Kong. The last time I was here, in July, it was unbelievable hot and I also managed to catch a cold!! How one does that in 36 degree heat I will never know!! What a difference a few months make. A lovely sun day with a lovely breeze coming in off the sea. I also saw the protests taking place. Quite odd to see hardly any traffic on Hong Kong Islands roads. At Central you could walk down the middle of the road. Shame I couldn't ride on the trams, never mind next time. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » The Peak October 30th 2014

What a beautiful day, our last day in Hong Kong. The weather has been perfect everyday of our 8 day visit. Mostly overcast with the sun peaking through at times, somewhat humid, but always 81 degrees ;-) So we decided to pick up lunch and eat it in the park. With one sandwich to share, Olive Oil Chips from Spain and a Sprite we headed up the 3 escalators to the park level and the street. Looking right for traffic (thank heavens it’s written on the street on every corner to “Look Right”), we head into the park…past fountains, the Clock Tower, the Tea Museum and around the lake with turtles basking in the sunlight on logs and rocks at the base of a waterfall. We picnicked on a bench in the park next to a ... read more
Bird in the Aviary
Inside the Aviary

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
Haircut
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
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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 October 25th 2014

While the crowds have thinned, those still there have settled in for a while. Tents are set up along Connaught Rd, and makeshift study halls have been created so the students can keep up with their studies. There are families wandering around, older people taking selfies with tents in the background, and tourists checking it all out. High school students are there in uniform, and there were some uni students in their graduation cloaks. We even saw a couple having wedding photos taken with the protests in the background. Free drinks are bing provided, and there are increasing numbers of signs and posters. Overall though the mood is calm and quiet. The police are staying away, and the crowds are pushing non violent civil disobedience. Calm and peaceful, but no end in sight.... read more
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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
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