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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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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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Sep 29, 2017 - Hong Kong New Territories

September 29, 2017-Much more adventurous on this trip. We had agreed to meet Maggie in the subway stop in the New Territories. They are referred to as the New Territories because they were the last portion ceded to the British for Hong Kong. They abut China to the north. This was a portion of Hong Kong well away from the city core and the congestion that makes up the city closest to the water. The attraction here was the largely preserved walled villages of the Tang clan, who had settled in this area 6-700 years ago. We saw some of the old...

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Sep 28, 2017 - Touring Hong Kong City

September 28, 2017- We awoke early to a beautiful day. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet down at the Kitchen, then met our guide Maggie in the hotel at 10 am. The first thing she did was take us to Kowloon Station where we obtained an Octopus card. This was the coolest deal. The Octopus card was good for subways, buses, tourist attractions, and lots of other things. You pay a deposit of 70 Hong Kong Dollars, but you can use $50 of that for riding and all the other uses for an Octopus card. It is easy to reload too. The Hong Kong dollar is...

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Sep 27, 2017 - Arrival in Hong Kong

September 27, 2017. It was a 13+ hour flight. With the time difference we arrived at 6:55 pm the next day. Somewhere in there we lost a day. Anyway, with very little sleep we were concerned about negotiating the airport and finding the hotel. No Worries! We breezed through Immigration, found our bags, and took the Airport Express to Kowloon Station where the Elements Mall and our W Hotel are. Get off the train, haul the bags through the mall and walk right in to the W Hotel. The trip had been great so far, but it kept getting better. Susan...

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Jun 27, 2017 - Hong Kong -UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, New York, New York, visited, seen and done, its a funny place if you accept that most of the natives are suffering eyesight problems and cannot see Australians either in their place of business or walking down the footpath and their ability to hear and understand the Queens Australian makes communication at time difficult. We were lucky to have enjoyed fantastic weather here which allowed us to visit the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, the 9/11 memorial and museum which was a very touching and very humbling experience. We...

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