It is a beehive of tiny shops selling all things Chinese.
Next I admire the view from Victoria Peak before descending the mountain on the tram funicular.
The video concludes back on the Star Ferry as I journey back to Kowloon.
Victoria Harbour during the nightly Symphony of Lights Show.
Yesterday was a sea day. I started the day by watching the Colts slaughter the Titans. The ship gets ESPN and the Colts were the Sunday night game. Well it was Sunday night for all of you. It was Monday morning here.
We sailed into Hong Kong very early this morning. Beautiful day here but also very warm. I spent the first part of the day on a tour. The first thing we did was take a sampan ride at Aberdeen fishing village, home to Hong Kong's "water people." Would have been more interesting if we actually saw some "water people." The only people on the junks and sampans were tourists.
Next it was off the Stanley Market, an historic shopping area where all the tours dump thousands of tourists all at the same time.
The last stop on the tour was Victoria peak. Spectacular view of Hong Kong and the harbor. We drove to the peak and then took the funicular back down.
After the tour I set out on my own. I took the Star Ferry across the harbor from Kowloon, where our ship is docked, over to Hong Kong Island. I walked around the city for a while. I wanted to do more but I have been battling a cold the past couple days and I started feeling pretty bad so I headed back to the ship.
This evening on the ship I attended a show of local Chinese acrobats. They were mostly young kids. One little girl was only eight years. They were all very good.
After that our ship sailed through Victoria Harbor during the nightly light show. It's the largest light show in the world where various lights and lasers are emitted from many of the tall buildings. The light show was fine but just sailing through the harbor at night was spectacular.
My favorite captain deserted us today and we now have a new captain. We have a new cruise director too. We will be in Hong Kong all day tomorrow also. I hope this cold passes quickly. I was worried they wouldn't let me off the ship this morning. Local health officials come on board in each port and thermal scan you and if you have a fever they don't let you go ashore. I apparently passed the test because they didn't pull me aside. Will write more tomorrow.
When we get to Lantau our first stop is at Upper Cheung Sha Beach.
We also pass a maximum security prison on the island.
on the western side of Lantau Island in Hong Kong. The village has many things to offer, like exotic food,
here you can get your share of the extremely exotic, like snakes, sharks, and escargot.
Also noticeable are the varieties of dried seafood like fish, squid, and mussels among others.
We just sailed away from Hong Kong a few minutes ago after another full day here. It wasn't a very nice day. It didn't rain but we saw very little sun and lots of gloom. I spent the day on an all day tour out to Lantau Island. Lantau Island is twice the size as Hong Kong Island but very few people live out there. The new airport and Disneyland are both out there. I went out there to see Po Lin Monastery and the world's largest sitting Buddha.
It took quite a while to get out there. After last night's sail through the harbor our ship never went back to it's berth. Instead we dropped anchor in Junk Bay which is a 45 minute tender ride from central Hong Kong.
On the way out there we walked through a fishing village. This is one of the few remaining fishing villages which used to be very common here in Hong Kong.
We finally got to the monastery around 1:00. Po Lin Monastery is perched on top of a mountain. You can also get there by cable car but unfortunately we came and went by bus.
The brightest part of the sky was directly behind the Buddha's head which made it very hard to photograph. There are 300 steps up to the bronze Buddha.
While there the monks prepared a traditional Chinese vegetarian lunch for us.
It was a fun but long day. I am still battling that cold. I got my flu shot before I left home. With all the huge crowds that I have had to push my way through while in China, it's no wonder I caught something.
Tomorrow is a sea day as we make our way to Vietnam. According to CNN there is a typhoon between where we our now and where we are going. Not sure if that will effect us. Our new captain seems to be the silent type. I have not heard one word out of him since he replaced Captain Sagani.
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