The sidewalks of Hong Kong are usually crowded with people.
Very different from the vast empty spaces of, say, Australia.
We wander around the Central district.
Today, a street stall provides lunch.
Sometimes we eat in fancier places. This is a dim sum restaurant recommend to us by our niece Julia.
We take the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak. As this is a ‘must-do’ for every visitor in town, there are enormous lines for entry.
The view is worth the long wait.
A sundowner on the Avenue of Stars. It’s Happy Hour.
This evening we happen to be at the waterfront just as the Symphony of Lights is beginning.
Maria signs up for a few yoga sessions in the nearby Peninsula Office Tower, linked to the famous Peninsula Hotel. The participants get a great view across the harbour.
These junk-like boats are a common sight.
Usually for tourist excursions. We use the iconic Star ferries to cross the harbour a few times as a change from taking the metro.
Early one morning, we go to Macau for a day trip on a fast catamaran. It takes about an hour.
There aren’t many Portuguese-speakers left, but the town still counts as part of the Mundo Lusófono.
Popular with Hong Kongers as a gambling Mecca. (There are no casinos in HK.)
Close up, the facade has an interesting blend of Western and Chinese elements.
A quiet alley is good for a rest.
We have lunch at the Restaurante Escada.
In the Macau Museum, we find this fascinating exhibit about cricket fighting. Below is a cricket fighting ‘arena’, some cricket cages and porcelain food bowls, and four ‘cricket ticklers’ with rat-whisker bristles.
Sight or Insight of the Day – Hong Kong and Macau
Hong Kong has some hellishly steep places.
Luckily, for lazy people there is the Central-Mid-levels escalator.
You have to walk down, though.
We can think of a few cities that could use something like this.