First some trivia about Hong Kong — Kowloon means “nine Dragons” – after the 8 mountains that separate mainland China from the Hong Kong peninsula, and the ninth for the Emperor. Hong Kong means “fragrant harbor” – for the incense that fishermen used to burn here as an offering to the gods.
Victoria Peak Funicular
We started this bright sunny beautiful day with a bus ride to get to the funicular tram to the top of Victoria Peak. (Our bus in HKG was an actual small bus – not the typical vans we’ve been in, but a real small bus.) The tram (built in 1888) was very steep in places and not so much in others – it averages a 27 % incline. I had pictured it as being the same incline all the way up. Here it is coming into the lower station. Continue reading
After an uninspiring long drive from Guilin, we just barely made it to the ship, literally minutes before it left. The ship is fairly rough, but we got good seats on the top deck, and they were right next to a small forward open deck where the views were good. This small deck was far less crowded than the “sun deck” up above. Of course, still very, very smoggy, or “misty” depending on your perspective, and we could only see the close-in mountains, but still very pretty.
Limestone karsts are beautiful one-of-a-kind formations.
Each bend around the river was prettier than the last. My pics of the scenery don’t do it justice – all are pretty disappointing because of the “mist”. Continue reading
The time change had us arriving on the next day after we left, about 2:30 after a 14 hour flight. When we landed and got our bags, we passed through Beijing Passport Control after a 30-minute wait in line and zipped through Customs at walking speed. Our Hilton Wangfujing hotel driver was waiting outside Customs with one of what seemed like hundreds of name signs. It was great to have someone standing there holding up a piece of paper with my name on it. Continue reading