Hong Kong Weekend

Shopping, Peak and Lantern Festival
September 2003

Harbour Junk
With our friends Ben & Jerry at the Ocean Terminal Mall
The Peak Tram
The islands from the walk round Victoria Peak
Part of one of the larger lanterns



Sunday saw us heading back into the center for a spot of girlie shopping. Every covered walkway was crowded with "picnic" groups and Sunday is obviously the day off for foreign workers to meet with their friends for a bite and a natter. Our first stop was the mid town moving walkways that run for 800m from the residential areas to the center. A quick side trip into Li Yuen streets had Kathy and Gemma in bargain shopping heaven with bags and clothes for HK$10 (c£1). Then over to Kowloon on the Star Ferry for a complete contrast in a spot of mall shopping in the air conditioned splendour of the Ocean Terminal and a chance to escape from the heat. Miles on miles of shops had everything you could imagine - at a price. At the end a Ben & Jerry's stall stood beckoning and who could resist?

Refreshed we headed back across on the ferry to Hong Kong and into Hong Kong Park for the Museum of Teaware in Hong Kong's oldest building. The Peak Tram was just a few steps away and whisked us up to the Peak in daylight this time to revisit the views and take the pleasant walk around Victoria Peak with views out over Aberdeen, the islands and Hong Kong again as the circuit is completed. As we reached the end of the walk, dusk was falling and we loitered with the crowds to watch Hong Kong light up.

We returned to the Peak for a spot of souvenir shopping followed by a delightful Japanese meal before scurrying back down and across to Kowloon to view the Mid Autumn Lantern Celebration featuring hundreds of lanterns from small to the world's largest.

And then to bed.

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Shopping Street by the Escalators
Hong Kong Park
Riding the tram to the Peak
Hong Kong lights up
The lantern festival
The end of a busy day