Thursday 23rd June, 2011
We had a nice sleep in and wondered downstairs to have brunch at our Main St. Deli. Looking out the window, the streets still looked windy and didn't look like it would be a good day to hike out to see the Big Buddha.
After brunch we went over to the concierge desk to ask them what they recommend we do today. He told us about Hong Kong's famous observatory deck, known as The Victoria Peak Tower. It gives it's visitors a 270 degree full view of the city. Pretty damn spectacular!
We had to ferry across Victoria Harbour to the Central ferry pier. We then caught a tourist hop on/hop off bus, which took us to the Victoria Peak Tower. If you like meeting celebrities made of wax, be sure to visit Madame Tussauds. It's located at the top of the tower, just before the observatory deck.
We paid our entry fee and joined the tram queue. The ride up the hill is a good one. I recommend sitting on the right side of the carriage as this will give you undisrupted views of the angled city skylines. The ride takes around 10 minutes and when you step off, you are surrounded by souvenirs shops!!! There's one after the other and each sell different gifts, so if you haven't done your souvenir shopping yet, save it for when you do a trip to Victoria Peak.
The tower is abit of a shopping mall. You will find retailers such as ADIDAS and sunglass hut here. We did a good look around and then casually made our way to the top. I did notice the many escalators this tower has. From memory, they were Schindler Lifts. Good on them for cementing that contract lol. If you visit, you'll know what I mean.
We reached the top and the view was just beautiful. Although it was overcast and slightly windy, we marvelled at the little city below. It felt great being up there with Daniel. I had a pinch me moment of this whole trip. I'm incredibly lucky to be able to see the world together with the person I love. Only yesterday we were in little Changwon; and today, we're in the heart of Hong Kong.
Our tummy's were now grumbling, so we had lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co- really good food and they make delicious cocktails. They also let you keep the glass as a souvenir.
We had a really good day of sightseeing and by 4pm we back at the hotel. I remember reading one of the advertisements on the side of our map about a Traditional Chinese Sailing Ship, which sails through Victoria Harbour in the evenings and gives you a great view of the light show. We enquired about it at the concierge desk and were fortunate enough to have a booking available for us.
We arrived at the wharf at 7pm and there were already people waiting to get on board. I loved just standing there, people watching and seeing the city lights. It was a balmy night and was looking forward to sailing around the harbour. The sailing ship soon arrived and the boat staff helped us get on board. We were welcomed with a drink and soon started drifting....
The light show will not disappoint and the colours change in tune with the music that is provided by the ship. This was definately one of my highlights. I love Hong Kong.
I didn't want it to end, but sadly, we had to return back to the wharf. The night was still young and Daniel knew about this cigar room he'd discovered earlier, so we headed over to continue our night of good times.
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