|Overcast view of Hong Kong skyline from Kowloon|
|Main Entrance to Sik Sik Yuen Temple complex|
|Prayer and devotion along with sightseeing|
|The magnificent Good Wish Gardens|
|A God guarding of the Buddhist Shine|
|Fabulous detail throughout the complex|
We followed this with a short hop to the Jade Market which is an 'in-your-face' bazaar. It is totally the opposite of the tranquility of the Taoist temple gardens, with vendors hassling you and trying to stop you, and generally making you feel uncomfortable; 'just looking' isn't an option at the Jade market. We left the Jade Market and followed the main thoroughfare of Kowloon, Nathan Road, down to the Harbour. We passed an unbelievable amount of shops and cafe/restaurants of all sorts from high end jewellery stores to side street market vendors and everything in-between. I have to admit, that by the time I reached the ferry across the harbour, I was almost at the end of my endurance. I'm not sure how far I walked today, but it is certainly nowhere near as far as I've gone in the past so this confirms to me that age is taking its toll.
We took a slight detour to see the Avenue of Stars, though maybe we should have left this for a warmer day.
|Hong Kong's most famous?|
|...or is this Hong Kong's most famous?|
Transportation is pretty good in Hong Kong, and seems reasonably priced. We've been using the train service as there is a station almost right outside our hotel door. Buses seem absolutely crazy, as the drivers seem to delight in swinging the double decker's around at a fair pace. But most reasonable is the Star Ferry at $2.50 HKD for an expensive seat! The ferry links Hong Kong island to Kowloon and the mainland and on a clear day, would provide fantastic views of the harbour. Unfortunately, today was not a clear day.
All in all it's been a great start to our short break, mixing culture with shopping and experiencing city life in a culture that I don't really have much knowledge of. Tomorrow will be much the same, and Caroline and I are now going to try to plan our itinerary for tomorrow if we old timers can stay awake long enough!