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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island April 9th 2018

I had decided to do another free tour today. This one was For Hong Kong Island and I thought it would be a good contrast to the Kowloon Tour that we had done at the weekend. I headed over to Admiralty and met up with the tour guide. At first, I was the only one there, and I almost had a private tour, but a couple more people turned up and off we set. We headed over to Tamar Park first, this was just a short walk away. I had been to the park the day before, but we had mainly walked along the waterfront and I got to explore more of the park now. We had walked through the big 'open door' of the Government HQ building, which was completed in 2011. The building looked ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Aberdeen March 31st 2018

A journey of about 1,200 miles plus any bends, at a cost of £100 a head. We left the hotel in Xi ‘an at 08.00, the train left Xi ‘an at 09.35 and reached Schenzen at 19.05. There were about 10 stops, each of about 5 – 10 minutes. The border crossing was a bit slow for novices, but we checked in at “T – Hotel” in Pok Fulam on Hong Kong Island at 10.00 pm and enjoyed a late night sandwich and celebratory drink. A grand total of 6,000 miles across China, 9,600 km. The train was busy on each stage of its route, and there was a wild cacophony throughout; everybody had an electronic device – a young, well-dressed couple close to us went almost the entire 9.5 hr journey watching a series of ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island November 10th 2017

Hi everyone, We decided to make the most of our last full day in Hong Kong. We took the metro down to the ferry which was interesting then got a bus to Kowloon on mainland Hong Kong.We headed for a fabric bazaar but it was not that easy to find. A man said it was no trouble to take us there so we accepted his help. Unfortunately he took us to the wrong place and we walked in a circle. Eventually he managed to get us there. Wow,wow wow.I was in heaven. At last a fabric shop to die for. It was enormous.Barely enough room to walk down the paths between rolls and rolls of fabric and with no air conditioning extremely hot. By the time I had finished Pat was nearly passing away with hunger ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » The Peak September 22nd 2017

Well, this is our first attempt at a Blog. We are sitting in Hong Kong Airport waiting for our overnight flight to Amsterdam after a whirlwind tour of Hong Kong. Landed just after 3.00pm and after getting through customs, we caught the train into Hong Kong and, after a lengthy wait in hot and humid conditions, got a cab to the Peak Tram. Another long queue but it moved at a reasonable rate and we made it to the Peak in good time to see the spectacular views of Hong Kong in daylight and on a pretty smog free day (due to the wind). We'd worked up a thirst by then so stopped at Bubba Gump Restaurant at the Peak for an icy cold beer, sashimi and tempura vegetables. Jenny went over the top with a ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island August 21st 2017

Candy hat es sich nicht nehmen lassen, uns am Flughafen abzuholen. Mit Oktopus Pass und Flughafenbus bis Chunkimg Mansions, wo ich gebucht hatte. Das Zimmer war winzig, fensterlos, einfach ungeeignet für zwei Leute und völlig anders, als das Beispielfoto. Wir nahmen das Angebot Candys an und zogen in Kittys Wohnung in Quarry Bay. Damit verging der Rest des Tages. Abendessen bei Candy. Der Vater schaut gut aus, so wie ich ihn seit Jahren kenne. Die Mutter hat Krebs, sie stirbt daran, alle wissen es und versuchen, ihr noch eine gute Zeit zu geben. Beim Abendessen waren die Twins da, sind schon groß. Zur Entlastung der Mutter lebt eine Indonesierin im Haus und macht die Hausarbeit, versorgt die Mutter. Sie hat kein eigenes Zimmer, die Wohnung hat nur Elternschlafzimmer, das ich nicht kenne, und Candys Zimmer. Da ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island August 12th 2017

Une journée magnifique :nous visitons les marchés aux fleurs, aux oiseaux, aux poissons, aux fruits et légumes et aux vêtements pas chers pour touristes sous un grand soleil. En fin de journée, coucher de soleil puis début de soirée sur le pic Victoria.... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island August 10th 2017

On a bien arpenté l'île de Hong Kong et Kowloon en ce premier jour Pas de pic Victoria qui a passé la journée dans les nuages Mais une belle ballade dans le parc botanique -zoologique, 2 traversées en Star Ferry, 1 de jour et 1 de nuit, et la découverte de cette ville vibrante et toute en hauteur : au niveau des voitures, à l'étage des bus, au niveau des passerelles pour piétons et dans les étages des tours (à la recherche de restaurants !) Marlène et Juliette ont fait leur première négociation commerciale dans le "Ladies market".... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island August 9th 2017

Nouvelle journée d'expédition avec moult bus et trains, dont le train rapide qui nous a menés directement à l'aéroport de Chengdu, et l'avion Avant l'atterrissage à HonKong Marlène avait déjà une centaine de photos des îles et des bateaux ... Tout s'est passé idéalement, sans retard ni problème On est arrives un peu tard à Hong kong, pas vraiment l'énergie pour une vraie sortie,juste un repas dans un restaurant étoilé par le Michelin ! Ous avons eu une pensée émue pour les touristes croises à Chengdu qui préparaient leur voyage à Juzhaigou, et le soulagement d'avoir maintenu notre plan vers le sud et de ne pas avoir succombé aux charmes de ces montagnes du nord Sichuan, qui nous auraient sans doute retenus plus que prévu... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Aberdeen July 29th 2017

Day 2 of our Big Bus Pass, once again we crossed the Harbour in the Star Ferry. We had decided today we would do our Sampan Ride, at Aberdeen. It wasn't the traditional Sampan we had seen in the movies but one connected to Big Bus ride. we got off at Aberdeen, the yachts all anchored here were worth at least a few million dollars each, so we puttered around them and then the house/fishing boats. I fully understand why the government is trying to get all the fisherman off the boats and onto land accommodation, they were just not really habitable, let alone safe. We were glad we had decided to do the peak yesterday as today it was very misty/smoggy. It was exceeding hot and humid today and there were so many people out ... read more
Another Sampan from Big Bus Tour
Another view of the floating Restaurant
Some of the yachts moored at Aberdeen

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai May 18th 2017

Ni hao from Hong Kong. We landed late evening and made our way to our hostel and we're greeted by the lovely Eleanor. A quick check in and dump of the bags and we were in a bar in time for happy hour!! Result. The G and T's were flowing as we had a good catch up. Eleanor had to leave us to catch her flight and we decided it was prob best to go to bed (we had been up since 4am!) The next morning we were up really early to get to the Chinese passport office to try and get our visas. If you didn't already know, we had an absolute nightmare in London trying to get them and gave up in the end. Numerous people had assured us we could get them (with ... read more
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