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- Apr 29, 2004
Wondering if the current unrest in Hong Kong has affected any of the ABD China trips. Anybody been recently?
My sister @Poohlie is on the ABD that started yesterday. They did a pre-night at the Peninsula on Saturday (after days at HKDL hotel) which is when there were demonstrations in that area. They were confined to the hotel that evening. On Sunday they found out that Monday was going to be a full day at HKDL because of the citywide strikes. Sunday itself seemed OK because they were able to do the Big Buddha, the Peak, and the mid-levels escalators on their own.Wondering if the current unrest in Hong Kong has affected any of the ABD China trips. Anybody been recently?
After @Poohlie sent me a picture of protesters that appeared to be taken from an outdoor roof deck at the Peninsula, I looked for news about it and sent her this from the Washington Post:I was on the June 30 China ABD and the protest on July 1 didn’t really impact us. We were at Victoria Peak/Stanley Market that day. The only change that was made was that we didn’t take the ferry back because of how crowded it would be. Contrary to the news coverage we see in the US, the protesters are told where and when they can protest. The protest on July 1 was on the HK Island side near the police station and government building. When I did the food tour on June 29 with Hello Hong Kong, the guide told us about the protest taking place on Handover Day and reminded us to be out of the area by 2 pm to avoid the protests. ABD should know in advance of when and where protests will take place and can make alternate arrangements if necessary.
Saturday’s march — the ninth weekend of sustained protests — deviated from a route authorized by police and went into the tourist-heavy shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, which looks onto Victoria Harbor.
At least they look peaceful!On our July 7th China ABD the protests took place on the streets outside of the Peninsula HK on the day our Adventure began. My daughter and I were having Afternoon Tea in the lobby when they began to assemble. By the time we were finished the street in front and on the side of the Peninsula was packed with protestors. I have a few pictures I took from the front of the building and our room. One family that was out on their own that day missed the first part of our Welcome dinner because they were delayed by the crowds.
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Darn, I don't know why those are sideways.
So far it has mostly been. One of my coworkers visited a relative and participated while they were there - they said they never felt unsafe.At least they look peaceful!
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Yes! The protests got violent. No in or out at this point.Did you all see that Hong Kong grounded all flights as a result of the protests.
That's what I was wondering if any were there at this time. I know they stagger them at times.Yes! The protests got violent. No in or out at this point.
Fortunately, I don't *think* there are any ABDs in Hong Kong at this time. I think it was last weekend and next weekend. I feel bad for anyone trying to get in or out of there...
It will be interesting to see if they make any changes for the August 18th departure...That's what I was wondering if any were there at this time. I know they stagger them at times.
I feel extremely lucky that the protests were still peaceful while we were there.
Dusty (one of the Adventure Guides) just posted that they're in the airport, heading from Hong Kong to Beijing. He didn't mention anything about having any issues in Hong Kong. I'm sure ABD is monitoring the situation, and will change up the itinerary if necessary.Any word on how the Hong Kong protests are affecting the fall China trips? I know a departure was scheduled for Sept. 1. It's crazy to think we were there less than 2 months ago.