Hong Kong--September 8, 2004--Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Harbour, Jewelry Factory, Repulse Bay, Stanley Market
Click individual photos below to expand; use the browser back button to return to this page.
(Click projector at left to run slideshow automatically of photos on this page; within slideshow, click Home to return to this page)
On a foggy, rainy day in Hong Kong, we had a whirlwind morning tour of the city. First, a bus took us to the top of Victoria Peak, on a road passing through the most expensive real estate in both Hong Kong and the world. Normally, one makes this journey by the peak tram (131), which has been operating since 1888. However, because of our abbreviated tour, we went directly to the top from which we viewed some of Hong Kong's foggy scenery (126-129). The photos in 127-128 show the building where, in 1997, the British turned over control of the colony to the Chinese. Although China has overall control of Hong Kong now, many of the functions of the colony operate as before for a fifty year period after 1997, at which time Hong Kong will be totally integrated into China. Many in Hong Kong hope that China, in the interim, will become a lot more like Hong Kong than vice versa.
A bit later in the morning, we found ourselves at Aberdeen Harbour (135)where we took a ride on a sampan and viewed the Jumbo Floating Restaurant (132, 137) and fish drying (133) on one of the boats. On this excursion, an older woman piloted the boat and, soon after we departed, she pulled off a cover on the floor of the boat to reveal many items for sale. She then proceeded to pilot the boat and engage in quite a bit of selling--all of us hoped she would keep her eyes on the very crowded harbour traffic.
Once back on shore, we made a brief stop at a jewelry factory and showroom (136) and, after viewing a few more sights including Repulse Bay (138, 140-141), made our final stop at Stanley Market. This is one of the more famous markets for tourists with lots of shops crammed in along the narrow lanes.
From Stanley Market we went back to the hotel, took a rest and had dinner that evening at the Felix Restaurant at the top of the Peninsula Hotel. The design of the restaurant is way over the top from the dining room to the restrooms and the view is also extraordinary.
Return to Itinerary Page
Next Day's Photos