Bye-bye room with a view 

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Ups and downs

Today was a day of many ups and downs. First we went down a few floors to breakfast and then back up again to get ready to go out. Once we left the hotel we walked to the upper deck entrance of the Star Ferry and then disembarked onto the raised walkway to Peddar Street. We walked a few blocks and came to the longest covered escalator system in the world. We, of course, travelled up it 800m in distance and 135m in elevation.

 It took us through the mid levels towards the top of the peak. Once at the top, there was really only one direction to go: down. So we chose to wander through the HK botanical and zoological gardens where we saw orangutans, chimps, lemers, birds amongst other creatures.

The exit to the park took us right past the entrance to the Peak tram so with a snap change of plan we decided to jump aboard (managing to circumnavigate the 2 hour or so long queue by the big M giving it her best pathetic pregnant look – to give her her due if worked!). So we chugged our way back up to the top of the peak had a spot of lunch and caught the train down again.

Once back at the hotel we went up to the pool for a swim and then down to the club room for drinks and nibbles.

The biggest down of the day, however, was packing up to go home tomorrow. We’re leaving at the crack of dawn so no yummy breakfast and no morning swim. All very sad indeed. But I’ve had an amazing time and learnt loads. I’ve even mastered some Chinese!

The wheels of the bus

Today we adventured our way to Stanley, a small beachside town on the south side of Hong Kong island by bus. On our way to the bus station we passed a tanggu (literally meaning ‘ceremonial hall drum’) competition. The troop (? Not sure that’s the right word) we saw were amazing!

 After a titchy disagreement about the location of the terminus we boarded a very pleasant air conditioned, double decker (no. 6X) which took us the scenic route round the island via Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay, both popular beaches. I had a great time looking out of the windows at the passing scenery and even added the word ‘view’ to my vocabulary.


Once at Stanley Village we disembarked and made our way bayside to the string of restaurants lining the front. We chose one with a free outside table in the shade. The food was delish. I had penne pasta in a cream and cheese sauce. Not very Chinese admittedly but the menu was pretty much western food.

After lunch we went shopping round Stanley market and made some great purchases for gifts including a titchy Chinese silk baby grow for my new God-brother and for my as yet unborn bro.

This man wrote my name in Chinese on a plaque for me to put up in my bedroom.

 On the way back to the bus stop we happened upon another super playground so spent a happy half hour or so running amok amongst the slides.

  We then jumped on the express bus (no. 260) back to Central which took us through the Aberdeen tunnel rather than over the top of the peak. We were back in time to grab a quick shower and go to cocktails at The Club Intercontinental for some snackettes before a bedtime dip in the pools.

Last day tomorrow 😢. It’s gone so quickly.

The high life

After another excellent night of sleeping (let’s hope I haven’t jinxed tonight) we ate brekkie in the club lounge surrounded by besuited delegates from the Hicap conference (I fitted right in!!!) and followed it up by a quick swim in the pools. We then made our way across Victoria Harbour via the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island.



Once at Central we caught a ding-ding (tram) for the bargain price of 40p for 2 adults to Times Square. I really enjoyed sitting on the top deck watching the world go by

And spying on the people sitting next to me  

We followed it up with our third mode of transport for the day – a quick trip on the MTR in order to take the funicular railway up The Peak  to the highest observation point in Hong Kong.


The view from the top was spectacular and we could see our hotel on the other side of the harbour in Kowloon.  If we had a telescope I reckon we could see our room!
 Again I caused quite a stir with people wanting to take my photo. Seriously considering staying here and joining a modelling agency! They all particularly liked me posing by this statue on the viewing platform.  
In the shopping centre  at the top of the peak there was a live, VR game of pacman and loads of promotional bits and pieces dotted around. As you can see I had buckets of fun playing with it all. Sadly I was too little to play the actual game – lucky for you ghosts!

  

I think we’re set for another busy one tomorrow as we’re venturing to Stanley and the beach – a first for the big M and D!

See you then x

Strike a pose

Woke up quite late this morning as a result of having a relatively late night. We were in the pool until 8.30pm watching the Victoria Harbour light show – way past my normal bedtime (ssshhhh don’t tell anyone).

After a hearty breakfast we made our way via the MRT (tube) using our Octopus card (same as an Oyster card) to the end of the orange line. This is where you catch a cable car to take you to the Big Buddha statue near the Po Lin monastery at Ngong Ping. We were in a crystal car, which is a carriage with a glass bottom for 360 degree views – super high and scary! I loved it!!



When we arrived at the top there was a picture of Tai O fishing village (we’re probably going there later in the week). You can stand in the picture and take a photo so it looks like you are there. I think I made a great model as people kept hugging me and taking my photo – I should have charged them!


We then climbed the 258 steps up to the big Buddha which was cast from bronze and erected in 1986.

At the top I was treated to an ice cream. I think I ended up wearing most of it! Again people kept snapping my photo. I felt like quite the celebrity!


Tomorrow we’re going to explore Hong Kong island. I’m most looking forward to the star ferry.

Kowloon krazy!

For the first time I hit the mean streets of Kowloon. What an experience – I was offered tailored suits and knock off Rolexes by the dozen. I saw bambo scaffolding poles and loads of neon signs.

We stopped for lunch at an m&d old fave, Spring Deer where we had green tea, shredded beef, pickled cabbage and shredded scallop with bambo shoots.

Next up was Kowloon park. We found an awesome playground. If only the ones at home were as cool. I ran around playing with some new friends for ages and went on everyone of the 10 slides multiple times.


And after all that excitement it all got a bit much so I had a power nap. It’s been a while since I was in the sling, but needs must.