Travels with Elizabeth

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HKG Museum of History

Cannot believe this is our last day to explore this fascinating country.  My knee still hurts, but it’s better when I walk.  I don’t think my sinuses are ever going to unplug.  (Whine, whine!)  Weather was overcast, but again not raining, despite the T1 typhoon warnings of last night.

After another breakfast in the Executive Lounge (it’s going to be hard to give up my two croissants every morning…) we headed out for the Hong Kong Museum of History.  We took the subway to the Tsim Sha Tsui station and walked along Cameron Street.  Another small-store shopping street, but a little more trendy and less “Chinese.”  We took what seemed like a quarter mile pedestrian overpass that nicely dumped us right in front of the Science Museum and the History Museum.  Here are some of the sights along the way.

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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