To reach Hong Kong Island, we traveled through Cross Harbor Tunnel which is more than 1.5 kilometer long and underwater. Yes, all that water overhead played with my mind too.
- Easter weekend, a four-day public holiday (Good Friday to Easter Monday)
- Good time for citizens to travel to other countries and to China.
- Public workers, hotel workers must work.
- Service industries; all stories are open
- Office workers get holiday
- Students have two-week school holiday
Zeelo, the new local guide met us after we had been processed where we’d seen the wine.. Some guides don’t talk close enough to the mic and others, like this one, talked too close. I found him difficult to understand.
The tallest building here turned out to be our 118-storey hotel. Factories used to populate this area but have been moved to China. Zeelo took care our registration. Meanwhile, Clovis, the French guide, took an extraordinary long time explaining how to get around during our free time for the rest of the day.
Impatient, someone in our group raised a voice. “Why does he always spend so much time explaining to the French? What about us?”
When he finished, Clovis apologized, and began again in English about the subway system. Neither Sue nor I planned to take that kind of adventure. She burned to hear about opportunities within walking distance of the hotel and asked lots of questions about shopping. Our room keys ready, Sue and I and RJ and his wife, dragged our luggage to the elevator. They invited us to see the lights with them. I accepted.
No sooner had we entered our room on the 30th floor and rolled the luggage inside, Sue made ready to go exploring. Was I coming? No. I needed my feet up and quiet for a while.
With no (paid) lunch on our schedule, I had two Fibre bars, drank water and relaxed. Then, I wandered down to the lobby for wifi to contact my daughter. A couple work stations were provided but they were in use. Lucky I brought my own laptop.
Four main parts to Hong Kong:
- Hong Kong Island: means fragrant harbor or port (former British City)
- Kowloon (means nine dragons)
- New Territories
- Outlying Islands
RJ, his wife and I walked a short distance to catch the subway to see the Symphony of Lights in Kowloon. Signs were in English and Chinese. To buy a ticket for the subway, a machine I’d compare to an ATM, is available at intervals. You choose your destination on a touch screen map, are instructed the cost, feed in the money and out pops a ticket. You then swipe the ticket on entry and turn it in on exit. The wait wasn’t long, street signs were displayed everywhere. We arrived without incident. I noticed women didn’t have iPhones, only men and the younger generation, similar to home.
We passed bands and singers dressed to the T’s as we strolled down to Avenue of Stars and soon the area filled up with spectators, mostly Chinese.
As soon as someone moved and / or a space opened up beside me it was immediately filled. I don’t like crowds at the best of time and certainly not in a foreign country. A little elbow room keeps me happy.
Next up June 5th: Hong Kong, Day 23 (second last day)
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