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Macau

We got up a little late today – about 8:00 and then it seemed to take us a while to get organized.  We had breakfast about 9:30 and ran into our China Spree group there – guess they were getting a late start as well.  We said our good-byes again.  We didn’t head out to the subway until almost 10:30.  Now that we know how it works, it’s not as intimidating, although it’s still a long walk to get to our train in Tsim She Tsui.  We bought an “octopus” card to avoid buying individual tickets each time.  This multi-use card requires a HK $50 deposit for each card (we need two) and we put HK $70 on each card.  What you don’t use, you get back, along with your deposit.  We both qualified as seniors.

We had to change trains once, but it went smoothly.  Unfortunately it was another long walk to the Turbojet ferry terminal.  We bought our tickets for the Turbojet (hydrofoil) to Macau, but they told us we could not have confirmed seats until 1:30 – it was now only 11:20.  We were not too happy!  However, she told us we could “stand-by” for an earlier sailing and maybe get on.  We went to the departure area and, as luck would have it, we got on the next ferry that was leaving.  Only had to wait about 15 minutes – much better than 1:30!

China, Hong Kong, Macau, Turbojet, outside

Macau Turbojet

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The Peak, Stanley, Aberdeen

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

China, Hong Kong, Victoria Peak, funicular

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