Today, we decided to take a ferry to one of the outer islands, Lamma Island. We decided to wander down to the tip of Kowloon where the Star Ferry leaves from and take it from there. The walk on the western shore of Kowloon is not very interesting and you have to negotiate more shopping centres and office buildings.
Anyway, we found out that the ferry goes from Central on Hong Kong Island and to get there is... Star Ferry, one of our favourite public transport systems of the world. They should send the guys working on the Manly Ferries over here to teach them a thing or so about how to run a ferry. Love it.
|View from Star Ferry terminal in Kowloon towards Hong Kong Island|
They clearly want people to use their multi travelling Octopus Card here, because the fare to Lamma Island was HKD19.80, exact money only that you put into a turnstile (return was HKD 16.10, same deal).
Di was beside herself when we got to Sok Kwu Wan because there was a line of seafood restaurants next to the wharf, all with fish tanks containing a variety of live fish and seafood.
|Di and seafood tanks (not Dim Sum)|
|Yung Shue Won - note the dog having a 2nd breakfast among the garbage|
|Sign in Yung Shue Won about squatting|
Back to Kowloon again on the Star Ferry again and a self portrait...
|Not happy, John...|
Back in Kowloon, we decided to go investigate train options to Guangzhou on Wednesday so we walked up to Hong Hum to check it out. Lots of footbridges from all directions around the station, including from the university which is just across the station. Nice station, all new and flash,
|Entrance to the Cross Harbour Tunnel from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, next to Hong Hum Station.|
After concluding the research, we took the MTR from Hong Hum back to Austin where our hotel is, which is only 2 stops away. Timed the door-to-door to get an idea how long it will take when we leave for Guangzhou on Wednesday, which was around 25 minutes.
When we got back towards our hotel, 2 bouncing Chinese girls came towards us and held up a camera. Of course, we thought that they wanted to have a photo of themselves taken, but no, each wanted a photo of themselves together with us on each side. Ha, we are a curiosity here. Probably some girls from a town or village in China where they do not get to see many white people.
Back to the hotel then to consume 2 cans of Yanjing Beer which unfortunately was nowhere near as good as the Hardin beer from last night (although still drinkable).
After a break, we went across the street Cafe De Coral, a bistro and American style eatery, which was both popular and very cheap (for something different).
After dinner, we wandered westwards on Austin Rd towards the area where we stayed last time (we stayed at Kimberley Hotel on Kimberley Rd back in 2007).
We found the tacky row of tourist trap restaurants on Knutsford Terrace, where you met by spruikers from every one of them and greeted in Italian or Spanish. It was the Spanish joint where we think that Di's credit card got swiped last time we were here (snowboard and imac were purchased some months after we left).
Other "attractions" from our walk was the Gimp...
|Bring out the Gimp...|
Back to the hotel relatively early for a cuppa and sleep. Good night.