Kowloon, Hong Kong

Not surprisingly, there was “heavy mist” on the way in which didn’t clear till well after sunrise. But the view of Hong Kong is amazing as row after towering row of buildings appeared as the rain cleared and the light increased. I am not sure why I was surprised at the building density – but you have to have hundreds of high rises if you want to pack 7.5M people in such a small areas. Here is just a sample of the pictures from earliest approach to the Ocean Terminal.


Leaving this one out of the gallery so that something comes through in the email post – with the lighted front of the concert hall clearly showing.

We were safely docked before 0700 with disembarkation for those leaving the ship here starting around 0900. I saw a serious number of the 68 remaining for the next leg at. the Veranda for breakfast as soon as the majority of the passengers had cleared.  Those of us in transit were able to get off the ship after the last of the disembarking passengers had cleared immigration.

We headed off shortly before 0900 just walking into the portion of the city on this particular island. Our significant tourist stop was the Heritage Center in Kowloon Park.

The exhibits covered archeology, ethnology, architecture, with related items, drawings, and reconstructions from prehistoric early Iron Age through to the present. Not being from here – I thought it might just be a bit Han Dynasty centric, but what do I know?

So you could see how the roofs were constructed along with the decorative details in different eras.

or coinage in use back when most of our early ancestors weren’t out of the basic barter for survival. –

But then there is the Ming Dynasty with all of its porcelain leftovers on display under the glass flooring.

From there we went up Nathan Street toward the various outdoor markets.

I just looked at things & places –

and noted that there was an amazing amount of specialty highly expensive calligraphy supplies available including all of the ink trays shown at the Palace Museum –

and headed back to the ship being very grateful when this tower came into view.

as it marked the entrance to the building complex at the Ocean Terminal.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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