While the family headed off for a business party/event I had the day off to explore more of Hong Kong. In the morning, I began by taking a metro to the International Commerce Center (ICC) and visited the Sky100, the indoor observation deck on the 100th floor.
In the afternoon, I headed to The Hong Kong Science Museum. While the museum was clearly geared for children, there was plenty to do and plenty to look at for a few hours. And I learned some new math…
And finally ,in the evening, I headed over to Lan Kwai Fong, a small square of street in central Hong Kong. I was told that every Saturday evening the area is packed with people, but this Saturday, being a few days before Halloween, the area was also infested with goblins, ghouls, and witches.
Round the World Recap 6/9/17 to present
I’ve only included cities that I spent at least one night and not any cities that I merely passed through. I did a lot of traveling before the “official” start to my trip during my summer vacation, and I have included those locations as well.
6/9 Cleveland – West Palm Beach
6/15 West Palm Beach – Cleveland
6/29 Cleveland – Lansing
6/30 Lansing – Chicago
7/2 Chicago – Cleveland
7/15 Cleveland – Amsterdam
7/24 Amsterdam – Philadelphia
7/25 Philadelphia – Cleveland
7/26 Cleveland – Memphis
7/29 Memphis – Cleveland
Official start of my Round The World Trip
8/14 Cleveland – San Diego
8/17 San Diego – Denpasar
9/5 Denpasar – Labuan Bajo
9/10 Bima – Singapore
9/12 Singapore – Tokyo
9/22 Tokyo – Kyoto
10/3 Kyoto – Hiroshima
10/6 Hiroshima – Miyajima
10/7 Miyajima – Kanazawa
10/10 Kanazawa – Tokyo
10/21 Tokyo – Hong Kong
10/29 Hong Kong – Beijing
This is my fourth day in Hong Kong and everyday has including a hike. On the first day we took a train to the western part of the island and climbed Dragon Back mountain.
On day two we took a tram-train to the top of Victoria Peak and walked around the top of the mountain. The view from atop was spectacular. The tall building in the background is the ICC building and the closer one is the 2IFC building.
On day three we headed to Lamma Island to the southeast. We were told that the village looks/has a feel to what Hong Kong looked like before it was built up.
On Lamma Island there were beaches, fishing villages, amazing views, and fish to eat so fresh that is was still alive.
On our fourth day we took an urban hike to Kowloon, north of Hong Kong Island. Here we slowly snaked our way through the Goldfish market, the pet market, flea markets, and of course the Jade market. (where I bought someone a gift)
And now I know how to write Arthur in Cantonese.
Planned for Friday and Saturday: I trip to the Museum of Science, the Bruce Lee statue, Victoria Park, the 100th floor of the ICC building, Star street, and the central market.
Sunday: On to Beijing!!
International Commerce Centre (ICC) is the 10th tallest building in the world.
Two International Finance Centre (2IFC) is the 26th tallest building in the world
Central Plaza is the 37th tallest building in the world
Bank of China Tower is the 41st tallest building in the world. (My personal favorite due to its unique geometry)
View from my hotel
View from dinner across the harbor
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has over 7,840 high-rise buildings, 1,303 of which are skyscrapers standing taller than 100 m (328 ft) with 316 buildings over 150 m (492 ft).[A] The tallest building in Hong Kong is the 108-story International Commerce Centre, which stands 484 m (1,588 ft) and is the ninth tallest building in the world.The total built-up height (combined heights) of these skyscrapers is approximately 333.8 km (207 mi),making Hong Kong the world’s tallest urban agglomeration. Furthermore, reflective of the city’s high population densities, Hong Kong has more inhabitants living at the 15th floor or higher, and more buildings of at least 100 m (328 ft) and 150 m (492 ft) height than any other cities in the world.
The weather finally broke, and while the students took a bit of time off to enjoy the great weather, I too went out and explored a bit.
I headed to Ueno park (apparently Varin has some competition here making silhouettes)
Went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum to view contemporary art,
The Tokyo National Museum to view traditional Japanese art,
And took in a rehearsal for some Kabuki puppet theater.
The following day I headed down to the Tokyo Fish Market.
And finally to downtown (Shinjuku Park area) to view the skyscrapers that I see from the window of my hotel.
Tomorrow I’m scheduled for an Ikebana class. (Japanese Flower arranging)!!
No sex, no drugs, no wine, no women, no fun, no sin, no you, no wonder it’s dark
Everyone around me is a total stranger
Everyone avoids me like a cyclone ranger
That’s why I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
Michael headed to the U.S. to attend to some important family business and we parked ourselves in Tokyo for ten days until his return. (Next stop is Hong Kong)
The past five days have been dreary, soggy, and cool with no end in sight. 100% rain forecasted for the next five days. This has been the standard view from my hotel room.
I have taken a number of walks in the rain trying to discover different parts of Tokyo as well as visiting a number of sites including the Imperial Grounds, the Miraikan (Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation), and The Museum of Nature and Science. I also hope to go to the Fish Market and take in some Kabuki Theater.
There was a moment of clear skies the day we arrived. Only in Japan:
And… Tokyo was reportedly the safest city in the world to live:
Transcript of the end of a text conversation between Michael and myself on 10/13/17:
Michael: Are you happy?
Michael: As good as it gets in this life.
Me: True that.