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Feb 19, 2019 - Crossing the WIDE Pond

13 hours in the San Fran Airport sounds long, but 14 HOURS in a seat on a jet is a bit more restrictive. Fair bit of turbulent bumps crossing the big pond, but Cathay Pacific is a good airline. Relatively quick transfer time before continuing flight to Singapore.

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Jan 14, 2019 - Flying to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Airlines does not disappoint. We felt pampered throughout the 15 1/2 hour journey to Hong Kong in business class. Between us, we watched 9 movies and were never lacking for food or drinks. We arrived in Hong Kong, checked into our hotel, and wandered the underground mall attached to it. Most of the stores were high end designer stores we can shop at in the States. The mall seemed to be one stop shopping, as there were groceries, too. The grocery stores were contemporary, well organized and full of ready to eat, fresh cuisine....

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Sommers Vietnam 2019

Oct 23, 2018 - Nepal Nirvana - October 23, 2018 Kathmandu - Hong Kong and home

Our last morning in Nepal and we all savour a chance to sleep in. For some reason I am wide awake at 6:00am and meet with Roger and Pam for breakfast. They are leaving for India this morning so I plan to go to the airport with them. Prem, as always, is on time along with two of Bikesh's fellows Nir and Kangsan (I think). Off we head to the airport and we can't believe the lack of traffic, it is a breeze. When we comment on this, Nir says, oh that is because of 'The Festival', everyone is still in their villages. No opportunity is missed to...

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Oct 7, 2018 - hong kong

Rumor has it that Hong Kong is one of the most amazing cities in world. From the moment we stepped outside the train station, I was in shock. There were so many skyscrapers and people that I thought that I was in New York City except for the fact that they were all built into the side of a mountain. Hong Kong is made up of three areas: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and New Territories. We were heading straight for Hong Kong Island and the word renowned Victoria Peak Tram. Due to the 2 hour wait, we postponed our ride to the top until late...

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Oct 6, 2018 - Nepal Nirvana - Oct 6-7, 2018 Hong Kong Stopover

Finally our departure day has arrived. I am packed and ready to go and it is only 4pm - our flight departs at 2:20 am so still a long wait. I managed to occupy myself until time for us to leave. We picked up Cathy enroute to getting Pam & Roger at the Horseshoe Bay ferry. Traffic to the airport was good and we were checked in and at our gate at 10:30pm. Lois arrives shortly, followed by Margaret & Caryl. Still a long wait but we chatted and before we knew it, we are on board. The flight was good and most of us slept for a good chunk of...

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Sep 17, 2018 - Made it thru Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut luckily did not hit Hong Kong directly. It did cause lots of cancellations, including our flight. Hong Kong Airlines acknowledged that we did have a challenge to make tomorrow morning's flight back to the States, and so got us to Hong Kong by midnight on Monday night. A few hours sleep and back to the airport by 08:30 for flight to Seattle. Ciao for now

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Jun 13, 2018 - In air-Hong Kong-in air

Day 26. In air-Hong Kong-In air 13/6/18. Wednesday. In air-Hong Kong. Cathy our Travel Agent, had arranged airport transfer transport for us - well for Ian actually, but I went along for the ride! At Zurich there was a golf buggy waiting and it took us and a lady who was transferring to the same flight, through Passport Control and then by van to our departure terminal, in a matter of 10-15 minutes. So quick, so easy, and lucky that Cathy felt short transfer times would be best for Ian. It was raining when we left Zurich and raining now as...

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May 23, 2018 - And They're Off

Visited the Sun Yat-sen museum today and learned a bit about one of the three men who led the Chinese Revolution (which toppled the 300 year old Qing Dynasty), at its start; they were Sun Yat-sen, Mao Tse Tung, and Chiang Kai Shek. Sun was for Democracy, Nationalism, and Peoples' Livelihood. He died in 1925 before the 1947 revolution resulted in the split between the other two. Where would Cnina be today if he had not died ? Walked more of the (hilly) streets today and really appreciated the upward bound street escalators when we found...

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May 22, 2018 - Exploring the Steeps and down to Stanley

Although the weather has been hot (90F) & humid (90+ !) we have persevered and continued to explore Hong Kong. Finding interesting food sites has been largely successful, though the price point can vary a lot. Lunch for two has varied from $15 to $100; and not a lot of difference in the quality !? In fact, the $15 lunch at a small streetside business had some of the best tasting selections we've had. Navigating Hong Kong is very easy : signage is in English & Chinese AND on the Metro is color coded. The Metro is very clean (puts New York...

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May 20, 2018 - Kowloon Perspective

We ventured over to the 'Downtown' Kowloon section of Hong Kong today. This time we took the Star Ferry, and for ten minutes enjoyed the view/perspective of Hong Kong Island from the harbor. Quite a different, and impressive, view of the northern shore of Hong Kong Island; more spectacular I dare say. We visited the Hong Kong History Museum which gives a rendition of Hong Kong from about 600 million years ago to present; earlier periods in the geological continent forming perspective and then the advent of man about 8,000 years ago. Well...

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May 19, 2018 - Walking Tour in Central Hong Kong

Went on a walking tour with a small group from all over the world. Our young guide was very knowledgeable and impassioned. His commentary was equal amounts of Hong Kong history and current events as regards changes since the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. Also saw the city's buildings & skyline from a different location, and hence perspective. His rendition of the architectural 'battle of the buildings' between HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation - designed by Sir Norman Foster) and the Bank of China (designed by...

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May 19, 2018 - Brisbane to Hong Kong

FRANCE RIVER CRUISE AND BELGIUM Day 1. Brisbane to Hong Kong 19/5/18 Saturday. Sunny, blue sky, 20 degrees. After much uncertainty with health issues for us both, the day has finally come, and excitement level is rising. It’s been very different from other trips we’ve taken, when we’ve started count-down about 3 months prior and excitement level ‘over the top’. All good now though! Sandie drove us to the airport, and after a relative hassle-free check-in (Ian had to take shoes and belt off, back through - and his wallet was in his back...

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