2010 June Home Page
31 degrees with 85% humidity. It's hot, stifling and humid.
We had a really good sleep waking just before midday. The room was lovely cool and dark, so this probaly assisted us and
was so different to Rome. So time to get ready and down to the Lobby where we were picked yp at 1.30PM sharp for our tour.
The tour consisted of a visit to the Peak with panaromanic views of Victoria Harbour, Aberdeen Fishing Village with a
Sampan ride, Repulse Bay Lookout, Stanley Markets and a jewelery factory visit where fine jewelery is created and made.
Victoria Peak had the most amazing views. The ride up by bus was so steep and close to the edge that Clive was worried as
he had the window seat. At 552M above sea level the Peak is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island. We had our photo taken
up here by the guide and a good walk around.
Then it's off to Aberdeen Fishing Village. The harbour home consists of about 600 odd junks with about 6000 inhabitants. The
brightly decorated fishing trawlers also double as homes for the fishermen. Some families who live on the boats never step
off them onto the mainland. Here we also had a Sam Pan Boat trip which was very interesting.
Next to the Dynasty Jewelery Factory. They make some really beautiful and expensive jewelery here. I bought Gai a Sheep
Zodiac Medallion which is her Chinese Star Sign. Other jewelery included diamonds, sapphires, jade, opals and pearls.
Then the drive to the Stanley Markets which are by the fishing village of Stanley. These old markets are really one of the
must go and see places as there are lots of interesting shops selling everything from silk garments, art, sports wear,
Chinese costumes and jewelery and souvenirs. Very easy to get lost in the little alleys between the stalls.
Then back to our Hotel arriving there arounf 7PM. Time for a quick happy hour and then off to dinner in the restaurant again.
Gai ordered the chicken - and got a WHOLE chicken whilst Clive had the Minestrone Soup and Lamb Chops. Now we know
where the good lamb goes from Australia.
After tea it was up to our room for a quiet wine and then bed. Well there was the saga of the
'missing corkscrew' but I'll add that one in later on.