Saturday, May 12, 2007

Hong Kong day 2

Yesterday we played tourists, with Frank and his family as terrific guides. We grabbed a bite at a gigantic mall before meeting them. Hot lemon tea is a favorite here and Heidi loves it. There was an ice skating rink in the middle of the mall and David noted that the lighting selections were one of the few brands of stage lighting NOT made in Asia, but rather manufactured State side.

Our first tour stop was a Taoist temple - lots of richly decorated roofs, and people wafting incense. Beautiful gardens, too. I'm blown away by the gorgeous green space in this city. Trees and flowers are tucked in all over the place. Hong Kong is also amazingly clean and it is probably the easiest place to find a clean bathroom of any large city we've visited. Also, the subway is simple to navigate and when it stops, it doesn't sling you around the car. There are “quiet cars” too. We wished we had used the subway from the airport instead of the hotel service - it would have been much faster and immensely cheaper.

Next stop was a lot of fun - riding a double decker electric tram. The trams are quite skinny and the system is 100 years old. We sat in the top level and had a great mini tour of Hong Kong shopping districts. Side streets were walking street markets, and the avenues where we traveled were full of pedestrians, double decker buses, the trams, taxis and nice cars. Cost for a tram ride was about 25 cents.


Our next stop was another tram, this one counter balanced on steel cable with another tram, pulling each other up and back from The Peak at about a 45 degree angle. Steep and very neat. The view from The Peak was intense to say the least.
And, the building you go through to get to the observatory is quite an architectural treat as well, and like much of what we have seen of Hong Kong, FULL of escalators. One high point for us South Carolinians was the Bubba Gump shrimp restaurant, where we paused with many other tourists for photos.


After the tram, we headed to the university where Frank is a professor and dined in their club house. Very yummy food and desserts, including sushi with strongly flavored wasabi. We talked about adoption, and teaching and kids. Frank informed us that our son will likely not have had ANY English. This was not terribly encouraging, so we are glad to have friends at home that will help him once we get back.
Sarah decided to spend the night with her new friends Sarah and Esther, so David and I hopped back on the subway to our hotel, where we then Skyped with Zion and Mom, then crashed for the night, which both of our knees really needed by then.

10 comments:

Laura said...

I feel like we are there with you! I am so glad you are enjoying your time in Hong Kong. Happy Mother's Day! :o)

E said...

I don't feel like I'm there with you, but happy Mother's Day anyway. By the way, your mom really went nuts for the flowers!

E said...

Yes, I know she can read this, too. HMDBJ!

asgtumblercoach said...

Hey Heidi! Sounds like yall are having a blast! Listen i have Skype to so maybe i can say hello to Sarah! :)
Trisha

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your journey with us! Isnt it amazing that the city didnt just set all this up for you, but this is how they live everyday!!
We are praying!!
KT

Anonymous said...

H,

Pleased all is going well in Hong Kong. Please take care of those knees and be safe.

T. Smith

Laura said...

So it is now 8:30 p.m. where you are and I am sitting here in my office not working but drinking my coffee, eating my muffin and thinking about you FINALLY meeting your son. I pray that it was a comforting and whole experience for you all and that you are all managing the language barrier okay. I am praying for each of you -- oh and make sure to let me know his shoe size!! :)

XOXO
Laura

Anisia said...

Looks like you guys are having FUN so far! Be safe and Happy Mother's Day!

Heidi W said...

Ok, I can't stand it. I cannot wiat to hear how it is going!!!! We love you and are praying for you! I think of you constantly.

Sophie said...

You are an amazing photographer!