Hong Kong - Part 1
After a great flight to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific we checked into our hotel for the night before exploring this adventourous city over the next 4 days. Our hotel overlooked the waterfront on Kowloon Peninsula and we were spoilt with beautiful harbour views of the stunning skyline.
Next day we see what Hong Kong is made of. WOW! A gorgeous day, we are there in the hottest month of August with the temp getting to 33oC with 70% humidity.
Our first stop was over to Hong Kong Island for the day. This is the main business district but certainly so much more than just for those who are there working. It’s a short ferry ride from Kowloon Peninsula or you can travel via the underground tunnel. We headed for the Victoria Peak Tram and boarded the tram – it goes up & down the same steep track – making some of the buildings look like they are on a 45o angle! Victoria Peak is famous for it’s spectacular views which we saw from the top and gave us a different view of the city. There is also a few shops up there & some walking tracks.
We continued on to Aberdeen, passing a couple of beautiful bays with beaches along the way. We boarded a ‘Sampan’ (a relatively flat bottomed Chinese wooden boat) for a ride on Aberdeen Harbour to see the floating restaurants and the fishing village where people still live on the water, the traditional way of living – quite unique to see.
We ended the day at Stanley Market, a famous market in Stanley on Hong Kong Island. We had the chance to explore and pick up some bargains- there was all sorts ranging from handbags and wallets to clothing and few electronics. Hong Kong is very good for shopping. From different markets to high end, there is something for everyone – the hotel our street was on was adorned with the designer shops, Gucci, Dior, Prada...!