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Hong Kong in a word...FABULOUS!

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This city is an amalgam of a Manhattan skyline, Las Vegas lights, Maui climate, Swiss fastidiousness with a dollop of the celebration at a Key West sunset. There is excellent public transportation from the airport, within the city and beyond. The way to go is to buy the Octopus card, and if you are 65, you get the "elder" which is discounted. For us lucky elder holders, you get to take the Star Ferry for free and metro/buses for 2HKD. And if that isn't enough, there is free wi-fi on the buses. And most notable of all is that the city is a shopping mecca with virtually every show that exists in the world on one of the streets here. (I kept thinking of you, Annie).

I found a hostel type hotel, InnSight, in Kowloon and close to the nicest hotels in HK like the Penisula and the Heritage. They look like this...
Mine looks like this...(it has 9~11 over the door)...
I only had to walk four blocks to see this in the daytime...
large_180_75F8F8212219AC68170439409A2051E8.jpg and this at night.

Across Victoria Harbor is the area called Central where there are government buildings and plenty more to see. Since the Ferry was free (for lucky me), I went every day! And on that side are some cool areas including Soho. It is an area of boutiques and restaurants offering every type of international cuisine that you can think of. And to get there, you can ride on the world's longest escalator (travelator to the Hong Kongese). A couple views...

The people in Hong Kong were as nice as I met anywhere. As if to prove the point, look at this....
Thanks to my friend, Mary, I got to meet a young, Pennsylvania couple living in the city. Laura is teaching English and on a two year contract. She and her husband, Scott, took me to NanLian gardens, an amazing oasis in this densely populated city. It is filled with historical buildings like these...
Laura taught me some chopstick skills...

Enroute to meet them, I stopped at a famous Taoist temple for another conversion attempt. It is said all wishes made there will be granted immediately but may I point out that it didn't work. You know I can't say out loud what I wished. You will just have to trust me on this. Here's the temple. Someone must have been having a birthday celebration....
I think these guys came to party!!!

All good things come to an end and so it was with my too few days in Hong Kong. I couldn't leave without giving it a salute and getting one back...

Posted by Dayts 04:08 Archived in Hong Kong

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Carol, what a fabulous adventure! Great photos. I didn't realize you were traveling long legs solo! I think people are more open to solo travelers, both other travelers and hosts.
Have fun,

by Lynne

Hong Kong looks and sounds like an amazing city to visit. Travelator is my new word for the day. Thanks for sharing once again your pictures - wow and wower!

by Ann

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