On our final day of Hong Kong, I realized we wouldn’t be able to see everything on my abbreviated list. We had lunch and dinner plans with friends, so would only have a couple hours in the morning to sightsee. The weather was spotty after breakfast, so I pointed us in the direction of the Star Ferry (this one was photographed across the harbor).
We boarded and headed to Central, which has dramatically changed since I left. Due to land reclamation, there’s a new Star Ferry Pier in Central. The ride itself has been shortened as a result.
The weather was still foggy (or was it smog?) and a bit drizzly.
After walking for what seemed like ten minutes, we arrived at Des Voeux Road and boarded one of Hong Kong’s greatest–and oldest–bargains. The tram!
Heading toward Happy Valley, home to Hong Kong’s famous racecourse, we passed the grand Legislative Council Building (aka Legco).
And modern ones like the Lippo Centre, which I remember from my years in Hong Kong.
Once in Wanchai, we rode alongside a couple of flatbed trucks holding a lion dance troupe. They waved up to us as Tom shot photos. That day was a public holiday for Buddha’s birthday, so I assume this troupe was headed toward festivities celebrating the occasion.
Once we arrived in Happy Valley, we disembarked at the terminus and boarded another tram bound for Shau Kei Wan. Soon we crossed into Causeway Bay, a major shopping hub. This dragon statue has met with some controversy (it’s been called kitschy and overdone), but I don’t mind it.
We took in everything around us on that tram ride. For instance, the displays of magazines and newspapers, no matter the content.
This flyer attached to a building caught Tom’s eye, perhaps for the ingredients or perhaps for the empty promise.
To make our lunch date, we jumped off the tram at Tai Koo (where I taught English on the weekends some 22 years ago). After a quick MTR (subway) ride, we met up with Erica Lyons again and Shannon Young, another writer who just launched her new website yesterday!
It was so much fun hanging out with Erica and Shannon and Shannon’s fiance. After a quick stop in a coffee house for a post-lunch tea, Tom and I bid our friends farewell and returned to Tsim Sha Tsui before meeting Rita, our other roommate and her husband, and another friend for a splendid farewell banquet at the Cultural Center.
After dinner I was able to view the nighttime skyline one more time before returning to the hotel with Tom. He all but had to drag me away.
We left Hong Kong first thing the next morning.