Monday, June 27, 2005

Hong Kong to Taiwan

Our last day in Hong Kong was spent mostly on Hong Kong Island. I was raining like crazy in the morning yet there were still millions (it seems) of people walking around. We had lunch at a Shanghai-style restaurant, checked out the Jade Market under a highway overpass, then took the bus to the ferry. It only cost HK$2.20 to cross Victoria Harbour in an old ferry (you can also cross by MTR or underground tunnel); I showed pictures of the ferry to my mom and she remembers riding the same boats back in the 1960's when she spent summers in Hong Kong with her sister.

Picture of Hong Kong (Central) skyline from the ferry

After getting some tea and snacks at Jardine House, we took bus #15 for the climb up to "The Peak" where you can see all of Hong Kong. Since it was still raining on and off, this was our view at the top.

On the way down the mountain, we took a 16-passenger minibus which costs slightly less than the double-decker bus. The bus driver was a maniac, speeding down the narrow twisting road and narrowly missing other cars (and minibuses) racing up the other way. Again, I don't think I could drive in Asia. Arriving back in Central Hong Kong, we took a tram/streetcar to a restuarant to have Peking duck for dinner; I think it's called Peking Garden in the Hennessy Centre. After dinner, which was really good, we decided to go back to our hotel and rest up for the journey back to Taipei tomorrow.

Huge billboard in Central Hong Kong for Adidas and Batman Begins

Oh, German took us to a cool houseware store in one of the buildings before dinner. The store is called Francfranc and it's a cross between Pottery Barn, IKEA, and Linens 'n Things. In the store was also a section called J-Period that had a lot of really nice Japanese stuff.

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