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Old 03-16-2012, 09:17 AM   #436
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Day 6 and I'm hoping that we'll make it to Ocean Park today. It is located at the Aberdeen/Repulse Bay side of Hong Kong Island and seems reasonably easy to get to via MTR.

Entry fee for an adult is HK$280, which roughly equates to about $40. Entry fee for kids is HK$140 (about $20).

The main reason for visiting Ocean Park will be to see Panda bears. Any of the other shows (birds, marine mammals etc) will be a bonus.

I figure this will be a pretty full day, so we'll probably head back to the hotel and if we haven't already eaten, we can eat at the food court in the Metropolis Mall.




now that sounds wonderful and beautiful!
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Your days are full, and sound exciting. You will come home with great food pics and firework shots and all sorts of things. You will keep us entertained for a very long time. I cant wait for your trip to start.
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now that sounds wonderful and beautiful!
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2 weeks countdown - Let the Shopping begin!



Hey, Hey! It's another Saturday and that means that there is now 2 weeks to go.


I have 2 weeks to go.





2 WEEKS!!



I'm starting to do the shopping for the toiletries and travel items that we need to take with us. Just bits and pieces at a time; but highest on my list?






Hand sanitizer!





Just in case.




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I really like your day by day accounts!

It gives me an idea of what to expect when we see your TR, even if you deviate from the routine it's OK, but it gives me something to think about while you're gone and where you might be.

I just realized that you will get back just before Fran and I take another trip to Vegas, so I won't necessarily read the beginning of your TR from my computer. Or maybe I will, if our next trip to Vegas is anything like our last one.
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I really like your day by day accounts!

It gives me an idea of what to expect when we see your TR, even if you deviate from the routine it's OK, but it gives me something to think about while you're gone and where you might be.

I just realized that you will get back just before Fran and I take another trip to Vegas, so I won't necessarily read the beginning of your TR from my computer. Or maybe I will, if our next trip to Vegas is anything like our last one.
How long are you gone for?

Remember...I still need to get my pictures unpacked and then work out how to put them into some sort of spinning tale....
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Remember...I still need to get my pictures unpacked and then work out how to put them into some sort of spinning tale....
Well we leave on the 13th of April and come back on the 18th, so if you are gone 10 days, you'll be back on the 11th and will start to "unpack" your photos in the days while we are gone, and knowing you I would HOPE that you are posting them while we are gone!
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Well we leave on the 13th of April and come back on the 18th, so if you are gone 10 days, you'll be back on the 11th and will start to "unpack" your photos in the days while we are gone, and knowing you I would HOPE that you are posting them while we are gone!
I would hope that I would have started before the 18th.
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Day by Day Account - Day 7


Day 7 and Good Friday!

It is a public holiday in Hong Kong with the big businesses and government offices closed. However, general trading and shopping remains opened.

Depending on how we feel, we may either spend the day in the Tsim Sha Tsui/Kowloon area or head to Macau.

If we stay in Tsim Sha Tsui/Kowloon, I plan to hit the markets:
  • Apliu Street Flea Market
  • Jade Market (Yau Ma Tei)
  • Ladies Market (Mong Kok)
  • Bird Market (Mong Kok)
  • Flower Market (Mong Kok)
  • Goldfish Market (Mong Kok)
  • Temple Street Night Market (Yau Ma Tei)

If this is what we do, it might be a good day to head towards the cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world, Tim Ho Wan (located in Mong Kok)....providing we get there early and avoid the crazy queues.


If we head to Macau, then I'll be on the historic building trail as well as seeking Portuguese Egg Tarts! I also suspect that there will be no avoiding the casino's.
Oh well, maybe I'll get a Gondola Ride down the Grand Canal at the Venetian whilst I'm eating an egg tart.




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It would be funny iffe your day by day accounts run just like you report. But as life would have it, that wont happen. Your own pictures may throw you into a tail spin. It will be interesting to see how many pictures you end up taking.

You think you will take an extra piece of luggage for all the goodies you bring home. I know I asked, but I think you missed it, how long is your flight over there? Your two weeks will fly by
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It would be funny iffe your day by day accounts run just like you report. But as life would have it, that wont happen. Your own pictures may throw you into a tail spin. It will be interesting to see how many pictures you end up taking.

You think you will take an extra piece of luggage for all the goodies you bring home. I know I asked, but I think you missed it, how long is your flight over there? Your two weeks will fly by
Same answer as before....10 hours .


I don't know how much I may or may not be buying in Hong Kong. DH and I were talking about it we'll just have to see if the shopping is value and quality for money. And I'll have to review the bag situation in a couple of weeks when I start thinking about packing.
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Wow, you'll be on your way soon. I loved the Moomba and fireworks pictures.
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Day by Day Account - Day 8


Day 8 and Saturday before Easter!

I think this is a public holiday in Hong Kong with the big businesses and government offices are closed. As was the case for Easter, general trading and shopping remains opened.

Today's itinerary might be pretty simple to explain. Whichever option we didn't do the day before (either Tsim Sha Tsui/Kowloon area or Macau), we will do today.

Just to recap - if we do Tsim Sha Tsui/Kowloon, it'll be the markets. If we head to Macau, it'll be a Gondola Ride down the Grand Canal at the Venetian whilst I'm eating an egg tart.




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Thanks.

Yes, not long to go now.
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Day by Day Account - Day 9


Day 9 and Easter Sunday!


I suspect my parents will want to do something in the morning on Easter Sunday and it will have to do with one of those two subjects that we shouldn't mention on the Dis.

So, I'm keeping this day pretty free and easy.

What I'd like to do is head across to the Golden Bauhinia Square or Expo Promenade in Wan Chai and catch a flag raising ceremony. This is the site where Hong Kong was officially handed back to the People's Republic of China in 1997.

I'm also hoping that despite the expected busy crowd, that today is the day we head towards the Ritz-Carlton to experience the Chocolate high tea in the Chocolate Library (103rd Floor). I have read that the high tea might be booked out till August and that there might be walk-up space. So when I'm there, sometime in the last 4 or 5 days, I'm hoping to have made it past the Ritz-Carlton and made some enquiries about the doability of a high tea.

Failing that, I'm happy to head towards the InterContinental or the Mandarin Oriental.





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