Random Hong Kong Photos

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Struggs buying tickets.
Struggs buying tickets.
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John & Debra

Paparazzi outside the hotel waiting for Madonna.
Paparazzi outside the hotel waiting for Madonna on the way to her Rebel Heart tour concert.
Peninsula Chocolate chef.
Peninsula Chocolatier.
John sampling the goods.
John in chocolate heaven.

All parts of items created in the chocolate factory are edible. The photos do not do the chocolates below justice.

Chocolate Oscar.
Chocolate Oscar.

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imageThe chocolatiers made two large pieces like the sword below (which we were not allowed to photograph). They  were much more ornate and we think they were going to Madonna’s suite before her arrival later that day. image

UP NEXT……MYANMAR!

Hong Kong hotel

Peninsula Hotel
E & P in front of the hotel.
Our hotel room
Our room.

Hotel room

Bathroom

The rooms had Samsung tablets next to the bed so all lighting, room temperature, fan speed, and curtains could be controlled by using the tablet. Very convenient!

Room tablet
Room controls on Samsung tablet.

The indoor pool is very beautiful. If you’re not going to swim you might as well sit and drink a beer right?

Having a beer by the indoor pool.
The indoor pool.

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The Peninsula Hotel has a room dedicated to history of the China Clipper. It was the first of three Martin M-130 four-engine flying boats built for Pan American Airways and was used to inaugurate the first commercial transpacific airmail service from San Francisco to Manila in November 1935.

The China Clipper

On November 22, 1935, China Clipper took off from Alameda, California in an attempt to deliver the first airmail cargo across the Pacific Ocean. On November 29, the airplane reached its destination, Manila, after traveling via Honolulu, Midway Island, Wake Island, and Guam, and delivered over 110,000 pieces of mail.

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China Clipper map
China Clipper route map.
Clipper propeller
China Clipper propeller.

John’s grandfather Al Rabin and his well traveled brief case are pictured below. Mr. Rabin flew on the second China Clipper flight across the Pacific Ocean. His brief case and photo are displayed with other China Clipper items at the Peninsula Hotel.

Al Rabin photo and briefcase.
Al Rabin photo and briefcase.

Peking Duck dinner on our last night in Hong Kong.

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Peninsula’s transportation fleet isn’t too shabby.

Our airport shuttle provided by the hotel.
We were picked up at the airport by this cool ride.

Peninsula airport shuttle.

Hong Kong day 2

We started the day by taking the MTR (Hong Kong’s underground railway) from Kowloon to Hong Kong island to ride the Peak Tram. The MTR handles about  three million people a day but you’d never guess that based on this pic.

MTR underground railway
Hong Kong Station

The Peak Tram has had a faultless safety record since openning in 1888. A single steel cable hauls the tram up a long incredibly steep track ending at the Peak Tower.

Peak Tram selfie
Peak Tram selfie

The Peak Tower has the highest viewing platform in the city. The Sky Terrace platform is at 1,404 ft.

Sky Terrace viewing platform
Sky Terrace viewing platform
View from the Sky Terrace
View from the Sky Terrace
Debra & Paige selfie
Debra & Paige selfie
John & Debra
John & Debra

Erich’s photo op with Bruce Lee on our way up to the viewing gallery.

Erich & Bruce Lee
Erich & Bruce Lee

I’m ending this post with a few food photos from lunch. I don’t remember what they were…..but they were damn good.

Lunch

Lunch

 

Hong Kong

Hello friends and family,

We have had very little down time so this post is going to be brief.  Our trip will consist of 3 days in Hong Kong followed by 12 days in Myanmar. We’re traveling with our friends John and Debra who are very familiar with Hong Kong. John did a great job of showing us around and took us to some great restaurants.

Incredible view from the helipad on the roof of our hotel:

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Walking around town.image

Buying mangosteen.image

Dim Sum lunch.
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