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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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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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