29.03.2013 - 31.03.2013 72 °F
We landed in Hong Kong after our longest haul yet - almost 12 hours on the plane, with virtually no sleep.
I'll point out for the record again the amazing taxi driver on the way into town, with his FIVE phones.
Made it to the hotel, which is in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Chinese 'mainland' side of Hong Kong. Downtown Hong Kong is across Victoria Harbour from Kowloon (the penninsula that we're on), and our hotel is on the 3rd-24th floors of a big Tsim Sha Tsui skyscraper.
They gave us a nice room, but we needed a tub, so we asked if they had a room with one. So they gave us a SWEET upgrade to a harbour view corner room, looking out over downtown. It is an AWESOME view.
We had breakfast in the Club Lounge (on the house), slept, and went exploring.
After another long nap (we are some unknown time zone right now - but it is NOT the one that is in Hong Kong, I promise), we went out again to explore the city at night. The Tsim Sha Tsui district is packed, and it's Easter weekend, so everyone is out, even in the rain.
We went to the Night Market, on Temple Street, which was packed even in the pouring rain.
There are two kinds of cars in Tsim Sha Tsui - classic red taxi's (made by Toyota), and super nice cars. This one was parked in front of the street food vendor we got dinner from.
After another night of crazy late night sleeping, 5 am waking up, early breakfast, we set out for Hong Kong island (downtown), which you have to take a ferry ride across the harbour to get to.
Downtown Hong Kong is filled with architecturally-amazing buildings. Seriously.
And some familiar faces from back home.
As well as large stuffed animals.
We took the tram up to Victoria Peak, which looks out over the city from very high above it.
The views from above the city, even on a cloudy day, were really amazing...
There were also lots of beautiful wooded walking trails, in the virtual rainforest in the hills above the city.
The way down on the tram was NOT for the faint of heart...
We explored downtown a bit, on a day when it was filled with folks headed to church for Easter...
Another crazy nap, and then out again for more neon lights...
Back at home, with a new bathing suit, some little 3 1/2 year old found a good spot by the window to unwind. :-)