|Hong Kong Island|
We landed in Hong Kong around 5:30 and got to the hotel around 7:00. I wanted to start the vacation in high style so I booked a room at the Mandarin Oriental (using United points!). It is amazing!! Part of the reason I wanted a nice hotel was I figured our chances were higher of getting an early check-in. Well, we were told that our room was empty but not ready. Could we wait or come back at 9? This was awesome news and they were actually apologetic about it, which seems insane since we were the ones asking for the big favor. They even offered to comp our breakfast! The buffet was awesome and featured an omelet bar, pastry table, dim sum, fresh fruit, cheese, hot dishes, salad, fish and charcuterie. It was a lavish, delicious spread. I enjoyed fresh watermelon juice, coffee, dim sum, fruit and a pastry. Yum!
|Looking back to HK Island from the Star Ferry|
|Bruce Lee, so popular!|
|The pedestrian restaurant alley|
Ever since Toronto, SMS has been on the lookout for Lanzhou beef noodle soup. We went to a great place near our hotel in Montreal and since then, we've looked in Yokohama Chinatown (no luck) and went to a little stand in the Yokohama Cup Noodle museum where they feature several world noodle soups in the little 5th floor food court. Well, we found a restaurant in North Point on the Internet and took the MRT over. Thank goodness for smartphones! I had saved the page and by asking two separate shopkeepers, we found the place. Both guys gestured the way to us since we were in a Chinese neighborhood (rather than the more English-speaking downtown). But showing the kanji worked easily even though the first guy we asked had a slight difference of opinion with the guy next to him about how to go, which made sense b/c from that particular point, it was a right, left and left U-turn down the stairs into a pedestrian alley. The third part was hard to convey so that's when the second guy helped. We had to ask, but both guys were really nice and we ended up at the Beef Noodle restaurant!!!
|The orange awning over the Noodle Restaurant|
|Banyan Tree by the Peak Lower Terminus|
|Skyline from the top|
Then, we took the MRT back to Central and walked the HK side of the island. We went to Mid-levels, took the "world's largest outdoor escalator" up to Hollywood Rd, walked through SoHo, and saw the Man Mo temple. Then we walked to the Lower Terminus for the Peak Tran and went up to Victoria Peak. The city view was awesome and we were there on such a beautiful day. We hung out for a bit before heading back to the hotel. On our walk, SMS noted that, "You can have public garbage cans or public bathrooms but you can't have both." The garbage cans are here and the bathrooms in Japan. The cross-cultural comparisons that catch our eye!
|Hard at work!|
|Lan Kwai FUN!|