Hong Kong to London
18 Mar 2008
|The last day of the trip!
We spent the morning researching iPods following advice from Alison. Colin & Sue on the gapadventures tour had convinced us that we should get them as they are so useful when travelling and if we had them we could have blocked out "Borat" completely.
Bartering seems to have died in Hong Kong computer centres but we were able to get a good deal and we can now look forward to keeping the "children" busy over the weekend explaining to us "oldies" how to use them!
It was time to grab a sandwich and return to the hotel to pack for the last time.
After checking out of the hotel we went off to the convention centre to see the "handover" memorial before walking to the Mass Transit railway (MTR) at Admiralty station to catch the train to Sheung Wan.
From here we did the central & Western districts walking tour to see the old Edwardian style Western Market, food and antiques streets before visiting the Man Mo Temple. This is one of the first traditional style temples and was thick from the coils and incense sticks. The walk then took us to the 800 metre long escalator to mid levels and more shops in the SoHo area. We continued past the old central police station, prison compound and central magistracy to reach the Duddell Street Steps and Gas lamps which are the only remaining ones in Hong Kong. I didn't know gas lamps were still common elsewhere! The walk concluded with visits to the former French mission building and the oldest surviving ecclesiastical building in Hong Kong, St. John's Cathedral.
A visit to Hong Kong wouldn't be complete without the tram ride to Victoria peak so despite the low cloud (fog) we rode the tram and admired the views before rushing back to the MTR station and the hotel to grab a quick shower and change before the transfer bus arrived to take us to the airport. Finding and using the shower room was quite an experience but I'll not go into detail! Trying to find the light switch I pressed the panic button and security people rushed to check I was ok!
Checking in at the airport we realised how much of a disadvantage it is having paper tickets as all the reasonable seats had been taken by on line check in and we ended up in seats by the toilets which didn't recline. Suffice to say that we only managed about one hours sleep in the thirteen hours flight and watched too many movies!
Arriving at 4:30am it was great to see my brother Alan & Sheila waiting for us at Heathrow and we picked up some fruit juice and croissants on the way home and found a warm house waiting for us as Katherine had been in and turned the heating on.
We enjoyed breakfast together and the house hadn't suffered too much although the deer have dessimated part of the garden chewing their way through many shrubs.
It only remains to say thank you to all of you who looked after us during the last ten weeks. It was an ambitious itinerary and we have stayed well and loved it all apart from the last flight home from Hong Kong but we have learned lessons so can now start planning the next trip!!!!!!!!!