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Old 05-06-2012, 10:14 PM   #826
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This lookout was about 30 minutes into the walk (and that was with us stopping lots for pictures, reading and rests). I suspected it was the half-way point.





It was incredibly green, and the plants were an indication to me that Hong Kong must be a very humid place.









This Indian Rubber Tree is straight out of the memories of my childhood! I remember playing underneath many of these in my youth.





At the 40 minute mark, we started to see signs of civilisation again. I was fooled into thinking that the end was near.









But we turned another corner and I realised we still had a bit more to go.





We had made it to Harlech Road.





The picnic area was well used.





As were the exercise stops along the way.









Somewhere in the distance is Lantau Island. I’d had a full day away from Disney so the pull wasn’t as strong as it had been the night before.





There is a pretty little waterfall feature along this road. I liked that the impatients were just blooming and adding their colour to the scene.





Are we there yet? Not quite and not long to go.





I guess this is the circuit we had walked.





It took us just a little over an hour to complete the walk, with loads of stops. We had a lot of fun on it and we were all glad to have done it. The views had been great and it was nice to see the greenery in Hong Kong.



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Victoria Peak looks like a fun place to explore in the daytime. Nice family pic too.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:28 AM   #828
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I know you tried so hard to explain the train station, but I was still going . Directions and I do not do well together. When I was 16, I used to get lost driving home from work. My Dad waited nightly for my call. Thank goodness DH has a better sense of direction. The buildings are so beautiful there, and the Peak is like nothing I've ever seen. Glad you went back to see it in the daytime. The view from the trails is amazing.
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OT - seems like not so long ago, I posted my 30,000th post on this thread.


Where has the last 10,000 posts gone?????



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Old 05-07-2012, 07:42 AM   #830
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We felt like we had so much time with 4 days in HK but I'm so envious of the extra time you had! We saw pretty much everything but we did rush through - we had lunch and a quick look at the view at the Peak. We certainly didn't have time to explore like you did.

I so hear you on the exits of the MTR stations! We got lost so many times! The only time it really bothered us was at the end of the day when we were exhausted after a full day sightseeing.
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DBF has just agreed to doing 2 trips up the Peak - 1 for the daytime view and 1 for the night time view....we have the time so why not
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Ok - slightly off topic but still HK related....reading one of our (many) guidebooks last night, I came across a "dress-code" section...Now, DBF and I are pretty good with knowing what to wear where and when. We were thinking our casual touring clothes for HK would be a mix of shorts / jeans / 3/4 length linen casual trousers, t-shirts, light jackets/fleeces, trainers and flip flops. All dependant on the weather - but from what I read/hear - the weather will be pleasant and warm, low humidity and rain when we're there. My query is for footwear - one of the guidebooks say that while sandals are ok - flip flops are frowned upon in HK. Is this true? My animal swish flip flops are incredibly comfy and are technically my "sandal" - I have never ever found sandals comfy

Any advice you can offer on this? Are flip-flops a no go? I have lovely "dressy" flat shoes for places like the peninsula when we go for afternoon tea, but would not be able to wear for long peoriods of wear like touring the city etc.
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You only have a few thousand more posts than me!!!! Congrats on 40K

I will also add that the DC/NoVA/MD metro system does not have toilets either... just for future reference.
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Catching up today from you leaving HKDL. It all looks very interesting. I noticed your view with the first picture - thinking "How did they swing that?".

I hope there's more to do in HK than ride up and down the peak tram, though! If so, no wonder you thought the trip was too long. Enjoying the pictures though. I have to say HK is fairly low down my priority travel list, so this may well be the closest I ever come.
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The peak looks very interesting, how high up is it? I panic with heights. But I love all the greenery. I wont make it to HK, so I will live it through you. But it is interesting to see the difference from day and night. I love those little bottles. It sounds so good to eat. Hope you still made some shopping trips for yourself. Keep it coming!
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Victoria Peak looks like a fun place to explore in the daytime. Nice family pic too.
There was a longer walk to a reservoir that we decided not to do. I gather that its also a scenic walk. We had fun there.


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I know you tried so hard to explain the train station, but I was still going . Directions and I do not do well together. When I was 16, I used to get lost driving home from work. My Dad waited nightly for my call. Thank goodness DH has a better sense of direction. The buildings are so beautiful there, and the Peak is like nothing I've ever seen. Glad you went back to see it in the daytime. The view from the trails is amazing.
I prefer holidays where there is more open space and country; rather than just city. I was glad that we went there as it gave me some space away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


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You've only got 35000+ more posts then me!

We felt like we had so much time with 4 days in HK but I'm so envious of the extra time you had! We saw pretty much everything but we did rush through - we had lunch and a quick look at the view at the Peak. We certainly didn't have time to explore like you did.

I so hear you on the exits of the MTR stations! We got lost so many times! The only time it really bothered us was at the end of the day when we were exhausted after a full day sightseeing.
I think 6 days is about right for Hong Kong city (and then add Disney time). You get to see everything without rushing about too much.


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You could go early afternoon, walk, have dinner and then go up the Tower at night. But if you have time....


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Ok - slightly off topic but still HK related....reading one of our (many) guidebooks last night, I came across a "dress-code" section...Now, DBF and I are pretty good with knowing what to wear where and when. We were thinking our casual touring clothes for HK would be a mix of shorts / jeans / 3/4 length linen casual trousers, t-shirts, light jackets/fleeces, trainers and flip flops. All dependant on the weather - but from what I read/hear - the weather will be pleasant and warm, low humidity and rain when we're there. My query is for footwear - one of the guidebooks say that while sandals are ok - flip flops are frowned upon in HK. Is this true? My animal swish flip flops are incredibly comfy and are technically my "sandal" - I have never ever found sandals comfy

Any advice you can offer on this? Are flip-flops a no go? I have lovely "dressy" flat shoes for places like the peninsula when we go for afternoon tea, but would not be able to wear for long peoriods of wear like touring the city etc.
I didn't see anyone wearing flip-flops, except for around the pool. Most people had shoes or sandals. Although.....DS wore crocs after his shoes got soaked; but I don't think crocs count as flip flops.


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Catching up today from you leaving HKDL. It all looks very interesting. I noticed your view with the first picture - thinking "How did they swing that?".

I hope there's more to do in HK than ride up and down the peak tram, though! If so, no wonder you thought the trip was too long. Enjoying the pictures though. I have to say HK is fairly low down my priority travel list, so this may well be the closest I ever come.
You are reading my mind!....but I'll get to that in my next set of posts.

And its taken me over 40 years for HK to get up my priority travel list. I have to say that from Australia, HK is pretty easy to get to and relatively cheap c.f. heading to the US or Europe.


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The peak looks very interesting, how high up is it? I panic with heights. But I love all the greenery. I wont make it to HK, so I will live it through you. But it is interesting to see the difference from day and night. I love those little bottles. It sounds so good to eat. Hope you still made some shopping trips for yourself. Keep it coming!
The top of the peak is over 500 m high. The observation deck of the Tower is 428 m.


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[By this stage, DH had come back with information and advice from Information Services. He had decided that we should take a walk around the Peak.

I just love it when he finds out stuff that I already know.)
He needs some more lessons! 30 years of togetherness and finally-my DH figures I have the answer
and gets all disconcerted when my research sometimes fails me-"why didn't you know this" he wails.
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