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Hong Kong

Lunch on Lamma Island

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Hong Kong is an amazing city, looking nothing like it belongs in a Communist nation. The skyscrapers rise proudly and put on an impressive light show at eight p.m. The shops could be on Fifth Avenue; the people seem happy and successful and very busy. Last time we were here we docked at Ocean Terminal by the Star Ferry that runs conveniently – and splendidly - back and forth from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island. Now we are at Kai Tak, which our son Bryan remembers as Hong Kong’s airport, squeezed onto a small man-made island in the middle of the river now dominated by the high-rise buildings. Kai Tak is now the longest (runway length!) narrowest cruise terminal we’ve seen, nowhere near as central as Ocean Terminal.

We took a coach to Aberdeen Harbor, passing a cemetery as crowded as the rest of this crowded city. Next onto a junk that sailed by floating restaurants to Lamma Island, a simple place sort of tucked away behind mountain peaks, with no vehicles allowed (many bikes) and no buildings higher than two stories. Lunch at a seafood restaurant (Fook-ee...careful with pronunciation!) in Sok Kwu Wan, population 2,000, part of Hong Kong’s 8 million, crowded onto another small island. Many courses were served – fish first pulled from a tank, cooked, and placed on a lazy susan – one sample below. The beer was good. After a visit to the loo (labeled “for VIP only,” and with the warning below posted on its wall) we walked to a shrine, and Hope walked in – but found herself inside someone’s house. Bill had better instincts.

The return trip sailed through Deepwater Bay, Shallowater Bay, Repulse Bay, all filled with opulent buildings and huge pleasure yachts (in a Communist Country, remember?). Then to Stanley Market, where we bought clothes for China Night aboard the Whisper. Bill’s hat has a long pigtail.

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Posted by HopeEakins 21:52 Archived in China

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