My second visit in recent but the Memsahib’s first. As an old sea dog we were able to secure accommodation at the Kowloon Mariner’s Club. This was, indeed , commodious, and satisfied all our needs. Just a few minutes stroll from both Nathan Rd and The Star Ferry.
We set out for a wander and crossed, by ferry, to Hong Kong Island and walked to Wanchai, took refreshment and then back to prepare for a foray to the ‘shoppings’.
Since my last visit four years ago, the city has continued to grow at an alarming rate. Redevelopment is now so intense that buildings of les than twenty years of age are being demolished and new constructions are started.
However, after a visit to he renowned Ladies Market at Mong Kok, back to base for a rest before dinner and an early night.
the following day out to Lantau Island via the 360 Crustal Cable Car. It did exactly as it claimed – a glass edifice a bit like Roald Dahl’ s ‘Glass Elevator’ but suspended from a cable. Quite an odd feeling looking down through the floor several hundred feet to either water or vegetation.
The monastery itself is remarkable for the size of a Buddah built on a hill. The temple below is most attractive and the usual accoutrements necessary for worship, joss sticks of varying sizes corresponding to the seriousness of the sin that forgiveness is being sought, flowers & fruit for offerings and, of course, pencils with rubbers in the end.
After some perfectly disgusting food, we descended from the mount and returned to Hong Kong intending to take the Peak Tramway to the top of Mt Victoria. Sadly, all the world and his neighbour was in a queue to do the same and as the waiting time was in excess of an hour and it was very, very hot; we abandoned the quest and booked a Harbour Cruise instead.
Our trip around the Harbour coincided with the Light & Music Spectacular which takes place each evening. It depicts, through the use of the aforementioned media, the story of Hong Kong.
The story was totally incomprehensible, but the music & lights display filled us withe awe (awesome).
And so to bed after an interesting day.