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Mar 15, 2019 - Hong Kong on our own

Our last full day in Hong Kong turned out to be a busy affair. After being on so many bus tours, we were eager to walk the city. We headed for the boardwalk with the idea of eventually ending up a the History museum, which turned out to be amazing. We then meandered, passing by the Peninsula Hotel, wandering the streets and landing on the Avenue of Stars that is similar to the walk of Stars in Hollywood, except with handprints on the guard rail of the seawall. After our city meandering we stopped at a jazz bar for snacks and a glass of...

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Mar 13, 2019 - Mega tour of Hong Kong and Kowloon

Following disembarkation from the ship, we drove to Hong Kong Island. Along the way we passed the Jockey Club, a cemetery, a mosque, a prison and a golf course! Our first stop at Victoria Peak, site of the oldest funicular (built 1888) and awesome views of the city. We then rode down on the funicular backwards (steepest angle is 27 degrees). If you weren't seated backwards you'd fall forward. Afterwards we drove to Aberdeen, to board a sampan to view the last working fishing village in Hong Kong. Also, the location of the largest floating...

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Mar 12, 2019 - Hong Kong - a day aboard

Ok, this is going to sound strange, but Bri and I decided to forgo the city tour on our first day in Hong Kong. The ship will be docked overnight and we do not disembark until tomorrow. So we decided that since we still had 3 more days in the city, that we would take advantage of most guests being off the ship and the promise of the best day weather-wise for the upcoming week to chill and lounge around the pool. Brian aka cameraman, also took the opportunity to take additional shots of the ship. We are actually docked in Kowloon Bay cruise...

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Feb 19, 2019 - Crossing the WIDE Pond

13 hours in the San Fran Airport sounds long, but 14 HOURS in a seat on a jet is a bit more restrictive. Fair bit of turbulent bumps crossing the big pond, but Cathay Pacific is a good airline. Relatively quick transfer time before continuing flight to Singapore.

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Jan 14, 2019 - Flying to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Airlines does not disappoint. We felt pampered throughout the 15 1/2 hour journey to Hong Kong in business class. Between us, we watched 9 movies and were never lacking for food or drinks. We arrived in Hong Kong, checked into our hotel, and wandered the underground mall attached to it. Most of the stores were high end designer stores we can shop at in the States. The mall seemed to be one stop shopping, as there were groceries, too. The grocery stores were contemporary, well organized and full of ready to eat, fresh cuisine....

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Oct 23, 2018 - Nepal Nirvana - October 23, 2018 Kathmandu - Hong Kong and home

Our last morning in Nepal and we all savour a chance to sleep in. For some reason I am wide awake at 6:00am and meet with Roger and Pam for breakfast. They are leaving for India this morning so I plan to go to the airport with them. Prem, as always, is on time along with two of Bikesh's fellows Nir and Kangsan (I think). Off we head to the airport and we can't believe the lack of traffic, it is a breeze. When we comment on this, Nir says, oh that is because of 'The Festival', everyone is still in their villages. No opportunity is missed to...

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Oct 7, 2018 - hong kong

Rumor has it that Hong Kong is one of the most amazing cities in world. From the moment we stepped outside the train station, I was in shock. There were so many skyscrapers and people that I thought that I was in New York City except for the fact that they were all built into the side of a mountain. Hong Kong is made up of three areas: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and New Territories. We were heading straight for Hong Kong Island and the word renowned Victoria Peak Tram. Due to the 2 hour wait, we postponed our ride to the top until late...

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Oct 6, 2018 - Nepal Nirvana - Oct 6-7, 2018 Hong Kong Stopover

Finally our departure day has arrived. I am packed and ready to go and it is only 4pm - our flight departs at 2:20 am so still a long wait. I managed to occupy myself until time for us to leave. We picked up Cathy enroute to getting Pam & Roger at the Horseshoe Bay ferry. Traffic to the airport was good and we were checked in and at our gate at 10:30pm. Lois arrives shortly, followed by Margaret & Caryl. Still a long wait but we chatted and before we knew it, we are on board. The flight was good and most of us slept for a good chunk of...

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Sep 17, 2018 - Made it thru Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut luckily did not hit Hong Kong directly. It did cause lots of cancellations, including our flight. Hong Kong Airlines acknowledged that we did have a challenge to make tomorrow morning's flight back to the States, and so got us to Hong Kong by midnight on Monday night. A few hours sleep and back to the airport by 08:30 for flight to Seattle. Ciao for now

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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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