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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
Mar 14, 2018 - Haikou, Hainan – Hawaii of China
The weather is getting warmer as we go south to the bottom of China. Haikou is a large tropical island on the South China Sea and definitely more relaxed. The Li and the Miao people have lived here for 10,000 years, the last 3,000 as part of China. The morning is drizzly and overcast, but that does not discourage the lion tamer and his lions from frolicking along side the ship as we dock. Big welcome party with over 40 people lined up to sing, clap and present us each with a coconut necklace or bracelet. Not the steely eyed immigration...Jump to full entry
Mar 13, 2018 - Haikou, China
History: Haikou is the capital of China’s Hainan province. With its strategic location near the mouth of the Nandi River it grew into a walled fortification during the Ming Dynasty. After 90 days this was the first day of mist and rain, not an issue we went to old town and shopped. It is amazing to see how the Chinese communicate, if they feel you don’t know their language they must feel you are deaf and yell and raise their voices. No problem we have 2 days to rest our ears as we head to Ho Chi Minh city /Saigon Vietnam.Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
Mar 10, 2018 - The journey is over, and I am home again.
So, a 3.10 departure from Guangzhou's Baiyun airport, so late, and I was so very tired. Not really time to get a sleep though, as we landed in Kuala Lumpur at around 7.30, then just time to get through the airport to the next departure gate. Around an hour and a quarter, which was enough, but no time to dally!! Off again, and I think I was dozing on and off all the way to Perth. We landed on time, and did not take too long to get to the gate this time. I staggered through the arrivals, cleared immigration, then headed to the baggage...Jump to full entry
Mar 9, 2018 - Leaving Zhaoqing.
Quite a sad day, but also busy, getting final packing done, washing done, and actually dry, floors cleaned etc. Frankle had been messaging me during the day. He has meetings all day, for some special guests in the educational field, and then dinner. Then later this evening we will leave for the airport. He is a busy, busy guy, with a full day, and then off to the airport, on his way to meet with one of his business partners in Guangzhou. I have no doubt there will be a lot of screen time for these two guys, and precious little sleep! I met...Jump to full entry
Mar 8, 2018 - Shanghai China
History: Shanghai began as a tiny fishing village 5,000 years ago. Today it is the largest city in China and one of the worlds most important ports. Beautiful clean city with great sky scape. No homeless no litter and they scrub their sidewalks. Shopping was great and a very fun place to visit.Jump to full entry
Mar 8, 2018 - Dinner - Denise's family, and the Hu family!
A somewhat busy day today. Lunch with Denise over the road at the little cheap restaurant. And around that, mostly packing and sorting what I need to take home, and what can stay here until I return. Hopefully that will be in October. We had arranged to pick Melrose up on the way to the restaurant, so I messaged her to let her know we were on our way. And amazingly, we got through the city smoothly, to collect her from near the Golden Diamond Hotel. I love going out for a meal with these guys, because they know places that I would never...Jump to full entry