June 7, 2014 (Kowloon, Hong Kong) We spent some time exploring the harbor front of Hong Kong. To our surprise the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival
was being held at the harbor front, so it was quite packed with competitors and fans. They blocked off a section of the harbor with a series of barges to protect the racers, then set up the buoy system to mark the lanes. All quite colorful. We met our friend Freddie at the Regency Jewelry store to exchange dollars to yuan (best rate in town). He had moved, and we just happened upon him. Of course we had to peruse the jewels too, but no takers this year. A brief stop to visit Michael at Houston Tailors and some of the guys orders shirts. From there a stroll down Canton and Nathan Road and ended up at Kowloon Park for a rest and a snack on our favorite "MOS", meat on a stick. Its a sweet cured meat cut in very thin slices - a bit like a sweet beef jerky - eaten with toothpicks...hence the name. Kowloon Park is an impressive arboretum - a welcome refuge from the concrete jungle just uphill from Fendi, Dolce and Garbana, Prada,
Gucci... you get the picture. We toured through the opulent Peninsula Hotel
, imagined ourselves having high tea in the heyday of British colonial times (we were in shorts and flip flops and from experience we knew that disqualified us from admission). Strolled back through the Dragon Boat races for a siesta at the hotel. Lots of pictures on this post...see below.
Part 2 of explore HKG in a few hours...
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