Dad and I spent yesterday, Christmas Day, on a bus tour of Hong Kong Island. I usually am not down for organized tours but I really enjoyed this one, it's like passive tourism. We didn't have to really do anything expect be led around and see the sights. The first stop was Man Mo Temple which is the oldest Taoist Temple in Hong Kong. It was neat to see but there is so much incense being burned that it stings the eyes, my sweater still smells like incense. We then went up to The Peak via The Peak Tram, our tour company has a special arrangement with the tram operator so we got to jump the line, the wait is like 45minutes otherwise. Once at the top there is a shopping center and an outdoor eating and shopping area but the real highlight is viewing Hong Kong & the Victoria Harbor, the view is incredible. We then went to the south side of the island and visited Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter which is home to the Aberdeen Fishing Village a traditional "village" of fisherman who live and work on their boats. o tour the "village" we took a sampan ride, the sampan was piloted by one of the fisherman. After that we went over to Stanley Market and got to walk around and do some shopping then we came back. I really enjoyed the bus, coach, ride over to the south of the island...it really is beautiful and scenic once you escape the "concrete jungle." Our tour guide, Linus, was really good and I learned all kinds of stuff about Hong Kong...like how superstitious the residents are and how seriously they adhere to the dictates of Feng Shui. After the tour we had Christmas dinner at the hotel, it was so good I gorged on sashimi and oysters. By the end of the day I was so exhausted I was asleep by 9 and I slept like a rock.
|Communicating with the gods at Man Mo Temple|
|The Peak Tram (1st public transport in Hong Kong)|
|IFC 2 aka building Batman jumps off of|
|Merry Christmas from Hong Kong|
|Aberdeen Fishing Village|
|Everybody cruises on The Star Ferry, Locals & Tourists alike|
|A Star Ferry on Victoria Harbor|
|Local gents enjoying an afternoon of checkers & cigarettes in a Yau Ma Tei park away from their wives|
|Hong Kong Skyline at Night|
Now I am going to get in bed, read and rest up for another day.