It's been another busy day: It started early with a small breakfast of soup and noodles from a small shop near the hotel and then it was a short walk to the Star Ferry Pier. The pier is right next to Ocean City which is where the cruise ships board. Ocean City is a large complex which has many high end shops and is basically an indoor type mall. We did some comparison shopping and were happy to find that we had found some good bargains in our previous purchases.
We then boarded the ferry and went across to Hong Kong island and then took a bit of a walk down to the Admiralty to get an idea of the area. From there we boarded the subway and went to Victoria Park. In that area we had lunch at a local restaurant. It was another lovely meal. While we were there Betty asked one of the ladies where she could get her nails done. She recommended a shop just a few shops down. We went there and Betty had a manicure. It was a good thing and in a way, somewhat bad. Good that she had the manicure and that the people were so friendly and conversational. They wanted to know all about the U.S. and where we lived and what we did. They also told us all about Hong Kong and China. The bad part was that an hour and a half just flew by.
From there we grabbed a cab and went up to Victoria Peak. It is the highest point in Hong Kong. The views are beautiful. At the top are a number of shops and restaurants and a large mall area. There is also a paved trail area where you can walk down the peak. We only walked part of way and then back up.
We then grabbed another cab back to the Admiralty and grabbed the subway to the Mong Kok area to look for some electronics. I needed the USB card reader for the camera and I was interested in seeing how much cameras were and if an external USB hard drive was a good price, I would pick one up. I was somewhat disappointed. You do find cameras that aren't yet available in the U.S. 8 and 9 megapixel cameras but prices on the 7 megapixel cameras are about the same as you find in the U.S. However, you don't pay tax, but you will pay duty on your return. I did find a card reader for a good price and I did find an external hard drive for about the same price as on Ebay but without the shipping. Gee: It would have come from Hong Kong anyway.
The other thing that was interesting in Mong Kok was the abundance of real food vendors. Not the ad hoc street set ups but food stands that actually looked clean. Betty and I had to try some octopus and snake. The snake was much better than the octopus. The snake tasted like chicken. Then again, just about anything does.
At that point the feet said it was time to go. We walked back to the ever efficient subway and boarded back to Tsim Sha Tsui and our hotel.
Tomorrow we board the ship. We will deliver our luggage and check in and then we'll head back out and try an area called Kow Ti. It was recommended by the salon owner. She said that is one of the best places to find the "good prices" for clothing.
Now it's time to try and go back to bed. I did post a few pictures but the hotel's Internet connection is not cooperating in uploading and it is quite frustrating. I'll try to post a few more later.
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That's a great shot you got of Hong Kong Island, Mike. It looks like you took it from the ferry, and it also looks like it was a bit choppy out there between Kowloon & H.K. I can't get over seeing that subway, which hadn't even been built the last time I was there.
Times have changed. It doesn't seem possible that it's almost ten years since the place reverted to the custody of The People's Republic. Wow! I hope you can get a good deal on a suit, if you have time before you sail. Bon voyage, and enjoy the cruise. Is Shanghai next?
Just had a chance to catch up with you Mike. You sound like you are having a fantastic time. I never had a desire to go to Asia, but you are making me want to go. Jake will be so glad to hear that. :-)
It's fun reading about your trip, and I hope you can keep up with the posting once you start the cruise. Thanks for the updates.
I've always wanted to see Hong Kong. Thank you for sharing this with us. It sounds like a wonderful trip.
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