DAY 1: Sunday 14 March 2010
Arrived at Hong Kong International Airport very early in the morning. Picked up a copy of the invaluable – and yet free – visitor’s kit and caught airport express to Hong Kong station. Stumbled aboard the free airport shuttle bus to our free hotel. (Amongst other things, the visitor’s kit contains very useful information about public transport for tourists.)
Our free hotel (paid for in frequent flyer points) was the Novotel Century. Despite the rather early hour, the receptionist kindly let us check into our room. This was much appreciated.
We liked the Novotel Century quite a lot: its location was good – a short walk from an MRT station, the Star Ferry and the waterfront; the rooms were clean, comfortable and quiet; and the staff were young, competent and ever-helpful.
We would consider staying at this hotel again.
We showered, changed and zombie-like (due to jet-lag) hit the streets of Hong Kong.
SIGHT 1: HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART
The Hong Kong Museum of Art has a stunning collection of: Chinese painting and calligraphy; Chinese ceramics (with all the key dynasties well-represented); Chinese jewellery and historical pictures.
While the collection is impressive, it is not overly large: a blessing.
Admission: HK$10 – about 1 euro!
SIGHT 2: HARBOUR CITY
This is the biggest shopping mall in Hong Kong but we stopped in here to have lunch not to shop.
We lunched at Kikuzen Japanese Cuisine. We had a set menu of barbecued lamb and another of fish. We were moderately satisfied.
SIGHT 3: AFTERNOON NAP AT HOTEL
A short but sweet 40 winks.
SIGHT 4: GOLDEN BAUHINIA SQUARE
We wandered down to this waterfront square from our hotel at about 7.30 p.m. We explored the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre then hung about until the Symphony of Lights began at 8 p.m. It was an overcast evening so this 15 minute multimedia event (lights, music) was less spectacular than it might otherwise have been.
SIGHT 5: OUR HOTEL (again)
Back to our hotel for a light supper, a glass of wine and BED.
For Day 2 see Hong Kong – part 2