Hong Kong, China

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Another great port, Hong Kong. I don’t understand why they say that sailing into Hong Kong is fantastic. Shanghai, Sydney, Rio and others are so much better.. But no complaints… The ship makes special rolls called Hong Kong rolls for everyone who wakes up early (5:30am) to watch the sail in. Funny thing is that in every great port, the same rolls are made and called by the city we are sailing into. They are delicious. Barbara, who is the location guide give commentary as we sail in, explaining the history, the geography of the city and anything new that has been built since the last time we were there.

Since we have been here already we thought to go out of town to Victoria Peak.. But 2 things happened, 1. The weather sucked and there was no way we would see any of the view and 2. K came down with the noro-virus (many were sick on the ship at that time) so he didn’t get out. Instead I went with Tom and Jean to eat Dim Sum at the number one Dim Sum Restaurant in Hong Kong.  It was pretty good. Not as good as I expected but good. Then we walked to the Ladies Market. On the way we walked right into the middle of a protest that was happening throughout the city about the future elections in Hong Kong.

Our ship docks near a fashion mall like no other. Picture Bal Harbor Mall just 20 times bigger. It’s about 5 stories of high fashion shops. People fly to Hong Kong from China to go shopping here. We look for a slip for Jean to wear under a dress she had.. Nothing was less than $600. Ha, $600 for a slip to wear under a $40 dress? Not happening!!! Beautiful, yes, silk, yes but so not worth that kind of money, at least for us. So funny that people who are on a 78 day cruise complain about the prices of the items in this mall and how so many people were buying like there was no tomorrow! At night there is a light show and the ship went all out, having Debbie Bacon play for us on the deck. Funny thing is .. on one side, Debbie was playing lounge music and on the other side on the dock,  there was an October Fest beer oomph a band pig-out. So if you wanted refine elegant music  you stayed on the port side and if you wanted oomph band and load noise you walked over to the starboard side!

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Every major city has a Ferris wheel!

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In the AM

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In the PM

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High Tea is $60 per person… anyone interested?

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Having tea at the Peninsula Hotel across from the Mall

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Need a ride?

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One of the many entrances to the mall

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That evening under the stars

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Debbie entertaining!

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The next day, heading to One Dim Sum

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Walking the neighborhood

A tea house

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A local restaurant

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One of the most expensive clams

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The first stand we came upon once we entered the Ladies Market

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Not sure what kind of apples these ar3e, anyone know?

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Another yarn stall

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Bakery

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Once we got done with the market we walked through a home rehab area with tons of shops selling ceramic, flooring and fixtures.

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Bamboo Scaffolding

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The Protest

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