Travels with Elizabeth

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Hong Kong – Night Lights

We slept in a little this morning before leaving for the Shanghai airport to fly to Hong Kong.  Pam and Sandra went shopping – man, they are energetic!  We used to the time to repack and get a little organized.  We all met Rocky at 11:30 for the ride to the airport.  Got there in jig time, but took forever at the ticket counter, as line was miles long.  Going through security, Pam was stopped with fingernail polish in her carry-on.   Even though less than 2 oz I guess this is a no-no.  She elected to have them retrieve her checked bag, rather than throw it out.  Our flight ended up being delayed and so she had no problem getting there in time.  We didn’t land in Hong Kong until 4:30.

William was our Hong Kong guide.  The van (more like a small bus) ride ended up being another traffic jam nightmare.  Apparently, a neon sign was going up on a high-rise building in downtown Hong Kong when the workmen dropped one end.  The police then cordoned off the street, which just happens to be the main thoroughfare into town and where we have to go.  We arrived at the Kowloon Shangri-La around 7:00.  Two and a half hours!

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Shanghai

The first stop this morning was going to be the Shanghai Museum, but when the driver pulled up, the line to get in was miles long, so we went to the Jinmao Tower first instead.  It’s in the Pudong area on the east side of the river.  The van went under a really long tunnel under the Huangpu River to get there.  Not crowded and the day was clear – probably the best day we’ve had.  Jinmao Tower is designed as a modern adaptation of a traditional Chinese pagoda.  It has 13 distinct tapering segments, with high-tech steel bands binding the glass like an exoskeleton.  We zipped up to the 88th floor on a very fast elevator (45 seconds to the top) – my ears popped a couple of times.  The view from the top is pretty spectacular. Continue reading