HONG KONG – Day One

Being my (Evie’s) first trip to Hong Kong, it was an amazing experience to view the lights as our taxi took us from the airport to the hotel (about a 30 minute ride) over several huge bridges and through a tunnel under Victoria Harbor.  Tall buildings everywhere one looks  – – stacked together on every square inch of flat land or fill.  There is a lot of new construction and many more high rises than Gary remembers even four years ago.  A high speed bullet train is being constructed that will be done in 2016, for travel to Shanghai (4 hrs) and Beijing (8-10 hrs)!

Private and gated housing area

Private and gated housing area

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For the first three nights we are staying at The “T” Hotel:  a Chinese Hospitality Training School. What a marvelous concept. The students are all very pleasant and there is someone waiting on us constantly–opening doors, elevators, etc.  They also have several very nice training restaurants, one English-style, the other Chinese.   And the views are specular!  Some of the students are very nervous as they practice their skills in both the English language and service in front of guests, students and supervisors.   We are receiving luxury service at a lower cost. 

Early morning view from hotel

Early morning view from hotel

Everything is so VERY orderly  in Hong Kong, from very polite driving by all, even in heavy traffic, the precise planting in the gardens and public places, orderly walking on streets and in subways, with specific lanes.  There are masses of people walking on the streets and these are especially crowded areas during rush hours.  All-in-all, a very clean city — no liter on the streets or anywhere.

public garden

public garden

These signs are all over public areas

These signs are all over public areas…Can’t even expectorate in this city without being arrested!

 The Avenue of Stars is on the Kowloon side of the harbor.  There are handprints of famous Chinese actors all along the walk — similar to our Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Part of the art display on the Avenue of Stars.  Loved the saying about travel.

Part of an art display on the ‘Avenue of Stars’ in Kowloon. Loved the quote about travel.

Art Display on Avenue of the Stars

Art Display on ‘Avenue of the Stars’
Tourists posing in front of statute of Bruce Lee on the Avenue of Stars

Tourists posing in front of statute of Bruce Lee on the ‘Avenue of Stars’

Looking across harbor to Hong Kong proper

Looking across Victoria Harbor to Hong Kong proper

We won't miss Christmas decorations -- they are everywhere in Hong Kong

We won’t miss Christmas decorations — they are everywhere in Hong Kong!!

Missing the grandkids -- love the suspenders on the little guy.

Missing the grandkids — (love the suspenders on the little guy).

Pharmacy

“Neon Pharmacy”!

Street Scene

Typical Street Scene, in the Indian Quarter

Flower market in an alley

Flower market in an alley

Ferry ride across harbor

Famous STAR-Ferry ride across the harbor

view from ferry

(view from ferry)

"Ripslinger" flying to the T Hotel

“Ripslinger” flying to the “T” Hotel     …these are for Kai & Rio!!

"El Chupacebra" coming in for a landing

“El Chupacabra” coming in for a HK landing…

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