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A Day on the Island

Hong Kong:  Wow, did we cover a lot of territory today. Did we go to even one tourist hot spot? No, we did not. We just took the Star Ferry over to Hong Kong island and walked (and walked and walked and walked) around all day. I took many photos, so will simply present them below with captions.

From the ferry terminal - there is a cruise ship in port

The view from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island from the ferry terminal

Star Ferry selfie, and the new observation wheel on the island.

Back in the day, the ferry was only ten cents (US) to cross, 35 years later it has climbed to 32 cents. The ride takes about five minutes.

We went into this Apple store that serves as a bridge over a four-lane road -
it makes the huge Apple shop in Los Angeles look like a convenience store.

Steak Frites and dessert - $17. We were very happy with our lunch and service at Bouchon Bistro (no relation). 

The rest of day, we simply walked and poked our head into shops, until we could walk no more. Below are a group of photos that either require no caption, or if they do require a caption, I am unable to provide one due to the fact I have no idea whatsoever what it all means. Enjoy:

Yes, this is a cage filled with frogs... and no, this is not a pet shop.

By now it was getting late and the workers would soon be leaving their banks and the ferry would turn into a commuter-filled mess, so we returned to the Star Ferry, back to Kowloon and to our hotel (with another mile walk-about and a coffee at Starbucks where I was able to use the app on my phone to pay for our drinks!).

Another view of the year-old observation wheel

From the ferry: the wave-roofed building is the HK convention center.

Panorama

The Star Ferry

After a rest in the room, we stopped in the hotel lobby bar for a cocktail before setting out on our next adventure. Luckily they also gave us a bowl of cashews as the nuts had to fuel us for the rest of the evening!

We took the subway (simply the easiest way to get around Hong Kong) to the Temple Street Night Market. A night market is a place where people gather in the evening to shop and eat in small pop-up stalls or stand-alone restaurants. Food is cheap and plentiful. Goods are cheap and you can buy anything from socks to mahjong sets. Bargaining is a must. We walked up and down the streets, checking out the stalls. We didn't buy anything, but certainly had a fun time taking-in all the sights.

This huge electronic billboard is to advertise wedding jewelry. It is for Chow Tai Fook. I was standing in front of another Chow Tai Fook when I took this photo of a Chow Tai Fook that is in business under the billboard. Five stores to the right of this photo is another Chow Tai Fook jewelry store. They make 7-11 look like rare boutiques.

Temple Street Night Market. A whole buncha junk. Fake purses. Fake watches. Why this market isn't raided by the authorities is a mystery to me. I really really really do not like knock-offs. Have I said this before? Every day we have been approached by street hawkers to buy "copy" Rolex and designer handbags.

These signs are real. And hilarious, assuming there is something lost in translation. Don't be cheating I'll elbow your lung without notice - and apparently being called a potato is a very bad thing?

Temple Street Night Market

Back to the subway. Back to our hotel. Back to our bed. Most steps walked of the entire trip today - 20,394 steps; 9.02 miles.

Champion!

Until my next update, I remain, your tired correspondent.