We had a beautiful day to explore the city yesterday — the temperature was just right and the sun was out. We took a bus from the hotel to downtown Hong Kong and just walked the streets and hills.
The historic Graham Street Market gave us a look into Hong Kong’s living past. Many of the small businesses selling vegetables, meat, seafood, dry goods and other consumables have been owned by the same families for generations and operate in the same manner decade after decade. It is colorful, friendly, and authentic. No tourist trinkets here!. It is located between Queen’s Road and Hollywood Road, near the Mid-level escalator.
We took the mid-level escalator up the hill that afternoon and walked and walked and walked for hours, before heading back down to the harbor. During the morning the escalator flows down-hill, and after 10:30 in the morning, it goes back in the uphill direction, to accommodate the massive flow of traffic into the business districts. It is fascinating to see this outside escalator in operation, assisting residents (and tourists!) getting up and down the hill, to their home and/or to the many shops and restaurants in area of Soho. We loved observing the locals going about their everyday activities, going to and fro, getting around this fascinating city. . .
After stopping for a snack at a very old British pub located near the top of the Escalator, we aimed our tired feet towards the Victoria Peak Tram station, on a route that took us through the Zoological and Botanical Gardens. It was a beautiful walk, in gardens which were created in 1871. It claims to be one of the oldest Botanical Garden in the world. (The Zoo portion was added much later.) They do have some unusual monkeys and birds, although the zoo part was not in the best of condition. It is nice to have all this green space in such a crowded city, and with no admission fees!
Victoria Peak Tram This tram is a steep ride up to Victoria Peak for a 360 degree view. A very popular tourist attraction. The view was great and it was quite an area with lots of shops, restaurants, and entertainment for children at the top.
(we really needed to get Gary something to eat — SOON!)
Hong Kong Laser-Light Show
We took the Star Ferry across to Kowloon and went back to the “Avenue of Stars” to wait for the evening Laser-Light- Show to begin. The crowds poured onto the walkway as it grew time for the show to start. We had a wonderful conversation with two delightful women from Portugal who had been visiting in Vietnam and were on their way home. A great end to a long day of sightseeing, and some new-found friends.