We LOve Hong Kong!

Taking in the Marvelous View 
from Victoria PeakTTaking in the Marvelous View
from Victoria Peak
he next day, we rode the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak.  At times the tram seemed to be going up the mountain vertically.  The route takes you from the heart of Central through some of the priciest real estate in the world (higher elevation = higher price) to the peak itself.  At the top, there is a scenic walkway and two shopping malls.

After some shopping, we took a taxi back down to the hotel for lunch.  In the afternoon, we walked around Causeway Bay taking in more of the sights and sounds of the city.

Ocean Park - Headlands SectionOcean Park - Headlands SectionOn our final day in Hong Kong, we took the kids to Ocean Park - Hong Kong's version of Sea World.  Because of all the mountains, flat land is scarce in Hong Kong.  Ocean Park solved the shortage of flat land by building in two locations about 1.5 miles apart but connected by a long aerial cable car.  We started our tour at the lowland gardens entrance to the park.  Here we saw more Pandas, all kinds of exotic birds, and several rides. 

Riding the cable car to the Headlands section of the park was an experience.  We waited for about 45 minutes in the very hot and humid weather to even board the ride.  The park actually has two sets of cable cars but, despite the large crowd on this first day of summer vacation for Hong Kong students, they only had one in operation.   Once on the cable car, the views of Repulse Bay and Lamma Island were fantastic.  After a series of stops and starts, we eventually reached the Headlands station where we toured a jellyfish exhibit, a huge indoor atoll coral reef, and a shark aquarium.  The Headlands part of the park winds up and down a very steep hillside - so we certainly got our exercise!  

Ocean Park Dolphin ShowOcean Park Dolphin ShowOur last stop was the park's signature dolphin and seal show (right).  We are always amazed by what dolphins can do and enjoyed the show very much.

After the show we descended a very long series of escalators, past some awesome looking rides, to the Tai Shue Wan exit to the park.  At the exit, we took another taxi back to our hotel. 

That evening we had our final dinner in the Excelsior's excellent Italian restaurant -Cammino.  At dinner we talked about our adventures in Hong Kong and decided that we can't wait to come back.

The next day we made our way back to Chek Lap Kok airport to catch our return flight home.  Once again, we used Cathay Pacific.  Our flight left Hong Kong at 1:10 PM and arrived in Los Angeles at 9:45 AM the same day.  At LAX we had no trouble clearing immigration and customs and then caught a shuttle bus to one of the airport hotels.  We decided to spend the night in L. A. to try and shake some of the jet lag. 

The following morning we caught our return flight to Houston.  After three weeks, it was great to be back home.  We miss China but have so many wonderful memories of the trip.  The girls loved seeing their homeland and all of us look forward to our next visit.


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