Travels with Elizabeth

Adventures Around the World

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Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple

We got up late – 7:30 for DH and 9:30 for me.  Now that we are no longer on our China Spree tour, it’s getting harder to “get up and at ’em.”  Once awake, I went to breakfast right away with DH, as he was famished, waiting for me.  After a nice breakfast buffet in the dining room at the Shangri-La, he went for a stroll to Nathan Road.  Lots of approaches by fake Rolex watch salesmen and Indian tailors to make him a suit or shirts.  I showered and packed.  Barely made it out of the hotel by noon (because of me).   We took a cab to the Conrad Hilton, which is on the other side of Victoria Bay, on the Hong Kong Island side.  Another traffic jam getting through the tunnel – will it ever end?  Cost HK $107.

Nice surprise when we got to the Conrad – we got upgraded to the Executive Floor room.  Two large twin beds and Executive Lounge access – no problem.  Love this Diamond status – just have to figure out how to keep it!  The view was fabulous.  Although we looked directly at the Shangri-La hotel (not the one we had stayed at earlier, but the other one in town), on one side we could see Kowloon and the Harbor, and on the other side we looked up towards Victoria Peak.  Doesn’t get too much better than this.  As time went on, I became fascinated by the various reflections that would appear on the façade of the Shangri-La.  If I got too close to the window though, I started to get vertigo.

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Xi’an – Big Wild Goose Pagoda

We started this very cloudy (smoggy) morning with a relatively short ride south of town to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Da Ci’en Si Temple and Monastery.  A short walk through a park led us to the leaning 210 feet tall pagoda – it has a definite list to the right.  It was built in 652 AD by the Emperor to house the sacred Buddhist texts that were brought back from India by the monk, Xuanzang.

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