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Hong Kong for 2011 Fall Break…

Hong Kong is a fun city full of transportation. On one day we arrived by plane,

In T3 - Before boarding the A380 to Hong Kong
In T3 - Before boarding the A380 to Hong Kong

took and express train from the airport to the hotel, took a taxi from the train, took a double decker tram within the city

Double Decker!
Double Decker!

and then took the mid-level outdoor escalators thru the heart of the city with great views of the city streets below…
The Mid-Level Escalators!
The Mid-Level Escalators!

Hong Kong city street
Hong Kong city street

Then we took a tram up to the top of Victoria peak and back down. And, finally, one last taxi back to our hotel.

The next day we took the MTR and then a cable car up to the world’s largest bronze, seated, outdoor Buddha,

Glass Bottom Cable Car to Buddha
Glass Bottom Cable Car to Buddha

Big Buddha - and one off in the distance too :)
Big Buddha - and one off in the distance too 🙂

an island bus to a fishing village
Fishing Village
Fishing Village

and a ferry boat
Bunny Ears are the new new thing
Bunny Ears are the new new thing

back to the tram
Back on the double decker
Back on the double decker

back to our hotel!
Relaxing Ritz Style
Relaxing Ritz Style

In 2008 we went to Hong Kong for our Fall Break. Here we are again! Back then, I remember being afraid to even leave the hotel with my little four year old and six year old boys while Dave was working. This time, on Dave’s work day, we managed to go to Ocean Park Amusement Park on our own.

A cable car takes you along the mountains edge into the heart of the Ocean Park
A cable car takes you along the mountains edge into the heart of the Ocean Park
Stunning views from every angle at Ocean Park!
Stunning views from every angle at Ocean Park!
And great rides too!  There's still upgrading going on as you can see here...I'd like to go back in a year!
And great rides too! There's still upgrading going on as you can see here...I'd like to go back in a year!
The Dragon Roller Coaster
The Dragon Roller Coaster
The rides are a bit scary because they all seem to pitch out over the ever-present ocean!
The rides are a bit scary because they all seem to pitch out over the ever-present ocean!

No trip to Hong Kong is complete without some pictures of the sky line! We got to see it from every angle.
There were wonderful views coming back on the ferry from Lantau Island (home of the big buddha):

Sparkly day!
Sparkly day!

Hong Kong skyline
Hong Kong skyline

Here’s a view of the newly finished ICC building on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong – we stayed in the Ritz Carlton in this hotel – we were on the 107th floor and we swam in the pool on the 118th floor!
The ICC Building - Kowloon
The ICC Building - Kowloon

Here’s the city from the 118th floor (with the tunnel that leads from Kowloon to Hong Kong in the foreground):
Skyline in the Industrial Haze of Hong Kong
Skyline in the Industrial Haze of Hong Kong

And finally, the Ritz was such a treat – here’s some memories from the amazing hotel pool:

That's video in the back ground on the left and Nicky's looking out the window on the right!
That's video in the back ground on the left and Nicky's looking out the window on the right!

Doing the cold plunge!!:
Ben jumps first!  Then runs to the nearby hot tub, then Nicky and then....
Ben jumps first! Then runs to the nearby hot tub, then Nicky and then....

Cold!!
Cold!!

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1 thought on “Hong Kong for 2011 Fall Break…”

  1. A pool on the 118th floor?!

    Fantastic report; not sure how I would have done with all those high up things. I don’t think zip lining at Sentosa eliminated my fear of heights.

    Headed to SFO tomorrow – will think of you guys while I’m there.

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