On the last day of this tour, having had little time for shopping over the past two weeks, some of us (meaning my wife and her friends) decided to skip the scheduled tour and hit the streets. We wound up at the Ladies Market, two blocks of stalls full of interesting items, most of somewhat questionable origin and prices that are only a starting point for haggling. I just wish they offered free wifi.
Later in the day I made my way to the tram that takes passengers to the top of Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island and a trip all the guide books say every visitor to the area should make. So, what do you find at the top? A shopping center, of course, one that includes the very American Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. However, you also get this incredible view of the city.
In a few hours we start the long journey home. At least it’s not on Air China this time.
Our tour today took us from Guangzhou to Hong Kong by bus, a trip that should have taken about 2 -1/2 hours except for a roadblock thrown up by the Chinese government. I was under the impression that in 1997, when the British lease expired, Hong Kong became part of China again. However, they seem to be treating the area as a different country, complete with this border crossing facility where we had to take our luggage off the bus and go through an immigration and customs control process. Most of which consisted of standing in line, stern looking people comparing our documents to a computer screen, and stamping forms.
Anyway, we spent the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring the area, taking the Star Ferry across the harbor to Hong Kong Island (we are staying in the Kowloon district) to get a panoramic view of their iconic skyline. More time to look around today and I’m looking forward to taking the tram up to Victoria Peak tonight.