Travels with Elizabeth

Adventures Around the World

Tag: Sampan

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

Two Gorges & Shennong Stream

Got up early this morning (6:45 am) to see the first of the famous Three Gorges, Qutang Gorge, which we entered at about 7:15.  It’s billed as the most dramatic of the Three Gorges.  Lots of early morning haze, so pics will be iffy.  The sun was just coming up.

Yangtze River, Yangtze Cruise, Qutang Gorge, Scenery

Qutang Gorge

This section of the Yangtze is very sparsely populated – only saw one tiny village and it was accessible only by boat.  Can’t imagine how it must have looked before the dam flooded everything.  It’s quite dramatic as it is – sheer cliffs plunging right into the water. The spectacular scenery only lasted about 20 minutes though. Continue reading