Today we are flying to Hong Kong. Although Hong Kong is part of China, it is a SAR (Special Administrative Region), which means it was like going to a foreign country. Mainland Chinese need a special permit to go to Hong Kong, and apparently many go there to shop, as there is not the hefty luxury tax.
We took the Airport Express from the airport into Central, Hong Kong:
Jennifer and Ken Tashima were waiting on us as we checked into the Excelsior Hotel and dropped off our bags.
Lunch at Times Square, just like the one in Shanghai:
We tried getting on the Peak Tram, but the line curved around the block. Went to catch a taxi near the HSBC Building. This is the location of Occupy Hong Kong:
A reflection in the Cheung Kong Centre:
Finally reached the Peak by taxi. Victoria Peak is the highest point in Hong Kong at 1,817.6 feet above sea level.
The historic Peak Lookout restaurant::
Built in 1888 in Arts & Crafts style, with many renovations.
The Peak Tram arriving at the Peak Station:
Panoramic view of Hong Kong:
The area was crowded because of a carnival, ala Mardi Gras: