For years Joy has longed see Hong Kong. She’d heard it’s a Mecca for shoppers. I thought we had doused that dream when we gave up our home. After all, why buy things when you have no place to put them? I’d been to Hong Kong a couple of times and found it yet another large city with confusing currency and daunting language barriers. Besides, since I have never had any interest in shopping as a recreational sport, you will understand that we spent three days here only because I’m a dutiful husband who likes pleasing the wife.
I even gave her an additional day. We planned on two. They became three when I discovered I had booked our hotel for the night after our cruise ended the day before. I caught my mistake in time to correct it, then carefully explained the generous impulse that extended our stay by another 24 hours. She expressed surprise and gratitude. Unfortunately, she reads our blog, so now she knows the rest of the story!
We didn’t shop but majored in photography. We had hoped to have some stunning pictures to show you. Hong Kong is a remarkable visual feast–when the sun shines. It didn’t. The cold caught us unprepared. for the cold. Hotel rooms here, at least those I’ve stayed in, are unheated—unless you ask for a space heater, which we did. We had left our winter coats behind in Australia, thinking the remaining 2017-2018 itinerary would be in warmer climes, so we layered up each day before venturing out.
The warmth of the hotel staff compensated for the coolness (literally) of our accommodations. They met our every request with dispatch, carefully helped us plan our itinerary and city bus jaunts, and made us feel at home. In spite of their helpfulness we still managed to see more of Hong Kong Island than we anticipated. We knew we’d gone too far when the bus stopped with us as the only remaining passengers. The driver was another really helpful guy, though. He led us to the right bus, which departed just before we could get on it. He flagged it down and explained our plight. The new driver in the new bus made certain we arrived at our destination and got off on time.
“The Peak” is Hong Kong Island’s vista. Chinese entrepreneurs take full advantage of this tourist attraction. A giant mall covers the hilltop. I enjoyed this once-threatening outing, because we can’t buy anything! It turned into a photo opportunity. Not a long one, though, because it was chilly up there.
Our Hong Kong days were quietly spent. The weather didn’t entice us to put in long days touristing. We caught up on a backlog of email and writing, took in an art gallery, checked out St. John’s Church (Anglican), sampled a variety of Chinese restaurants (including a Mexican one), tried our hand at bus and Uber transportation, went to The Peak, and strolled the Promenade, and marveled at the energy of this unique semi-independent city-state perched on the border of mainland China.
JOY’S PICK OF THE PICS