Hong Kong 27/4 - 28/4The ship berthed at Hong Kong's new cruise terminal, built on the runway of the old Kai Tak airport.
After disembarking, I caught a shuttle to the Sky City Marriott hotel, located next to the new airport, then caught a train back into Kowloon for a walk around. The next day I caught up with Geoff and Keith, friends from two previous Dawn Princess cruises who happened to be in HK. We had a very enjoyable day together, first taking the cable car to a Buddha statue and park then had a delicious, authentic Chinese lunch at a restaurant at Tai O fishing village on the western side of Lantau Island. That night I flew home with Cathay Pacific. An excellent trip throughout.
|Early morning arrival in Hong Kong, the only rainy day of the whole trip though it cleared up in the afternoon.|
|Ever more cramped apartment buildings everywhere.|
|Next morning in my hotel room and over breakfast, I'm indulging in some plane-spotting (dorky, I know).|
|Good friends of mine, Keith and Geoff on the cable car to the Buddha statue park.|
|Even on a cloudy day the 5.7km cable car ride is spectacular.|
|The new Hong Kong airport, paid for with British funds before the handover, is huge.|
|Burning joss-sticks as part of ceremonial tributes to ancestors.|
|One of the Buddhist temples at the park.|
|Me having a cup of Chinese green tea with Geoff and Keith.|
|A display at a chopstick shop.|
|Tai O fishing village.|
|The restaurant we had lunch in is at the far end of this lane.|