The Star Ferry
Tell me, what trip to Hong Kong could ever be complete without riding on the Star Ferry between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island? Not a trip that I'm on. It's not the fanciest ferry boat I've ever been on. It's not the longest ride. It's not even the scenery which, I might add is spectacular, it's just the magic. Yes, riding the Star Ferry, to me, is a magical experience. Perhaps it's my fondness for the movie Suzy Wong that creates this magic, who cares, I just enjoy the ride and wouldn't feel like I'd been in Hong Kong if I didn't ride it at least once. And once is all we had time for this trip ... a disappointment as I would have liked to have taken a few more rides across the beautiful Hong Kong Harbor. We begin our short walking tour by riding the Star Ferry to Hong Kong ...

Anne (center back), Phil and Beth Rosenberg, and
Tom Dupuis (foreground) riding the Star Ferry

The group assembling by the Panda umbrella
on Hong Kong Island
The city of Hong Kong today is a modern city with many beautiful and world recognizable skyscrapers,
crowed streets and small parks. It's narrow streets and alleys can keep you interested for hours on end.

Double deck buses and streetcars, reminiscent
of another world famous city, are the norm
We didn't walk for a long time. Just up and down a few block and then we visited a famous hotel, the one where the Royal Family stays when visiting Hong Kong. Sorry I can't think of the name right now. After our walk we took the subway back to Kowloon and then Anne and I walked around the waterfront and waited for the Sun to set.

The group on the subway, left to right: Fay and Tom
(Cincinnati), Alicia, (NJ), Phil (NY), Anne, Nancy (Ca.), Frank (Fl.), Jean (NM), Carol, and Roy (Va.)

Centerpiece of the
promenade on the
Kowloon side

Sunset approaches
On the Kowloon side of Hong Kong Harbor there is a large promenade with excellent views of Hong Kong a short distance away across the harbor. Anne and I decided to take our time and wait for the Sun to set. We enjoyed watching the people, including one guy dressed in drag and meticulously putting makeup on. We were rewarded for our patience with a pretty good sunset.

Hong Kong at sunset

Victoria Peak at sunset

Skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong Island

The Bell Tower on the promenade, Kowloon

The Star Ferry with Hong Kong Island in the background

What a beautiful sunset it was, maybe not the most spectacular we've seen, but beautiful nonetheless. Perhaps the magic and romance of such a wonderful city helped to make it more than it was.

You'd have thought that after such a full day of sightseeing we'd have returned to the hotel and collapsed in bed. We didn't. This was one of the few nights on the trip that we were on our own for dinner. Before leaving on our trip I had thought we'd take the hydrofoil ferry to Macau and introduce my sister and her family to Henry's. Henry's is an absolutely wonderful restaurant and I would have loved to have gone there, but we just couldn't do it. There were some other nice restaurants that we'd been to before, but none of us felt like dressing up. So we walked down Nathan Street looking for a restaurant until we found one. Can you believe after three weeks of eating Chinese food almost exclusively we selected a Chinese restaurant to have dinner in? We did and it was very good.

Let's continue to the next page for some pictures of the Hong Kong bird and flower market and then take a ride to a fishing village in the New Territories ...
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Welcome to our China 2001 Photo Album
Planning and Getting there: Grand Circle Tours and Northwest Airlines
Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
Local Beijing Market (2) | Hutong | Bell Tower | Hutong Family, Dinner and the Opera | Cloisonné Factory | Ming Tombs | Ming Tombs (2)
Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
The Lesser Three Gorges (2) | The Qutang Gorge | Wanxian | The Last Day of Cruising | Regal China Cruise Lines
Chongqing : Chongqing
Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
The Hotels: Hotels, rail and air travel in China
Hong Kong : Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village | Hong Kong at Sunset | Hong Kong Bird & Flower Market
| New Territories Fishing Village | Hong Kong Farewell Dinner
Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Reclining Buddha | Bang Pa In, The Summer Palace |

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