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Jun 13, 2018 - In air-Hong Kong-in air

Day 26. In air-Hong Kong-In air 13/6/18. Wednesday. In air-Hong Kong. Cathy our Travel Agent, had arranged airport transfer transport for us - well for Ian actually, but I went along for the ride! At Zurich there was a golf buggy waiting and it took us and a lady who was transferring to the same flight, through Passport Control and then by van to our departure terminal, in a matter of 10-15 minutes. So quick, so easy, and lucky that Cathy felt short transfer times would be best for Ian. It was raining when we left Zurich and raining now as...

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May 23, 2018 - And They're Off

Visited the Sun Yat-sen museum today and learned a bit about one of the three men who led the Chinese Revolution (which toppled the 300 year old Qing Dynasty), at its start; they were Sun Yat-sen, Mao Tse Tung, and Chiang Kai Shek. Sun was for Democracy, Nationalism, and Peoples' Livelihood. He died in 1925 before the 1947 revolution resulted in the split between the other two. Where would Cnina be today if he had not died ? Walked more of the (hilly) streets today and really appreciated the upward bound street escalators when we found...

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May 22, 2018 - Exploring the Steeps and down to Stanley

Although the weather has been hot (90F) & humid (90+ !) we have persevered and continued to explore Hong Kong. Finding interesting food sites has been largely successful, though the price point can vary a lot. Lunch for two has varied from $15 to $100; and not a lot of difference in the quality !? In fact, the $15 lunch at a small streetside business had some of the best tasting selections we've had. Navigating Hong Kong is very easy : signage is in English & Chinese AND on the Metro is color coded. The Metro is very clean (puts New York...

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May 20, 2018 - Kowloon Perspective

We ventured over to the 'Downtown' Kowloon section of Hong Kong today. This time we took the Star Ferry, and for ten minutes enjoyed the view/perspective of Hong Kong Island from the harbor. Quite a different, and impressive, view of the northern shore of Hong Kong Island; more spectacular I dare say. We visited the Hong Kong History Museum which gives a rendition of Hong Kong from about 600 million years ago to present; earlier periods in the geological continent forming perspective and then the advent of man about 8,000 years ago. Well...

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May 19, 2018 - Brisbane to Hong Kong

FRANCE RIVER CRUISE AND BELGIUM Day 1. Brisbane to Hong Kong 19/5/18 Saturday. Sunny, blue sky, 20 degrees. After much uncertainty with health issues for us both, the day has finally come, and excitement level is rising. It’s been very different from other trips we’ve taken, when we’ve started count-down about 3 months prior and excitement level ‘over the top’. All good now though! Sandie drove us to the airport, and after a relative hassle-free check-in (Ian had to take shoes and belt off, back through - and his wallet was in his back...

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May 19, 2018 - Walking Tour in Central Hong Kong

Went on a walking tour with a small group from all over the world. Our young guide was very knowledgeable and impassioned. His commentary was equal amounts of Hong Kong history and current events as regards changes since the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. Also saw the city's buildings & skyline from a different location, and hence perspective. His rendition of the architectural 'battle of the buildings' between HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation - designed by Sir Norman Foster) and the Bank of China (designed by...

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May 17, 2018 - Hong Kong Day One

Hello all. We're off on an adventure to Asia. Starting in Hong Kong, then to Japan to meet our friends Thel & John from Australia, and then to ??? Note - Trip Journal seems not capable of crossing International Dateline going west ! Insists we go east from Seattle to Hong Kong though I assure you we did travel west ! Flew Austin to Seattle & then 13 hours direct to Hong Kong. Arrived ~ 18:00 which is actually a good time as after quickly clearing immigration & customs, riding the Express train to Central Station in Hong Kong and shuttle bus...

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Mar 12, 2018 - Hong Kong

History: Hong Kong was a British Territory until 1997 and is home to long cherished Eastern traditions amid Western sensibilities. Glittering skyscrapers stand between soaring mountains and bustling Victoria harbor. Victoria Peak offers a beautiful sweeping vista of lush gardens. Victoria Harbor keeps the heart of Hong Kong beating. More billionaires then any other country amazing real estate beautiful cars and boats. Sanpans “water taxi”and junks all over the harbor really fun and enriching country. So much history and captivating...

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Mar 12, 2018 - Hong Kong- Land of ABC’s (American Born Chinese)

Hong Kong is tucked into several islands and a peninsula on the China mainland. Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula was ceded to the British in the 1860’s during the first Opium War. During the second Opium war, (1897) more land called the New territories was “leased” to Britain for 99 years. In 1997, Britain gave all of it back to People’s Republic of China with the provision the area remain self governing for the next 50 years. Not sure if self governing is the right term, because there is a separate government from PRC but PRC has to...

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Dec 19, 2017 - And that's a wrap!

Well, that's it! My year in New Zealand has come to and end and I am just having a quick breakfast in my hotel on Hong Kong before I head to the airport for my flight back to the UK. Made the most of my last few weeks in New Zealand with lots of beach time, meals out at my favourite restaurants and walks up the mount including one for sunrise followed by an early morning dip I the ocean which was incredible. Unexpected night in Hong Kong as original flight was cancelled but they managed to book me onto an earlier flight without too much...

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Dec 1, 2017 - Hiking the Dragon's Back

The Dragon's Back is a popular 8.5 km section of the 50 km Hong Kong Trail. It offers great views of beach-side villages, golf courses and, depending on which route you take, can start or finish at the beach - what's not to love? It was simple but strange to gain the altitude via the stairs at the cemetery, stay pretty high and then walk down at the end, where it was just a short and scenic ten-minute bus ride from our trail exit to Shek O beach.

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Sep 30, 2017 - Leaving Hong Kong

September 30 We spent a pretty lazy day today enjoying our hotel room and the mall associated with the hotel. Room service consisted of David going to the mall and picking up food and bringing it back to the room. No problem as there were many places that offered breakfast options. One more excellent shower with the multiple shower outlets, then it was walk around the mall time. We were pretty good about not buying much, So after a largely chargeless walkabout, we checked out of our hotel and used the magical Octopus Card to check in our...

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