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)!
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.
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.
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.