January 2. A public holiday. Offices are closed, but the rest of the territory is alive.
So at 4 p.m. we arrived at the Peak Tram with plans to ascend to Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island.
So also did everyone else in Hong Kong.
The wait was not that bad, with plenty of people watching and a few babies at whom to coo.
The tram itself is a two-car funicular cable railway. It rises to 1300 feet above sea level, for must-see-to-believe views of Central, Kowloon, the northern mountains of Hong Kong, and of course the Pacific Ocean.
At sunset, Victoria Peak views are achingly beautiful. (I almost spilled tears just watching the horizon over the Pacific.)
Twilight on Victoria Harbour:
And the harbour at night:
And the obligatory artsy shots:
We sojourned at the peak for a couple of hours, drinking in the views and the chilly air.
After Stanley on Tuesday, we went back to Repulse Bay for a couple of hours. I napped on the beach for about an hour.
Here’s an amalgam of photos from two beach visits (and NO, Jack, these are not retouched in any way, outside of some re-cropping and white balancing) —
By the way, there is nothing in the world like napping to the sound of the surf, whilst on a lovely beach.
Tuesday in Hong Kong. A cloudy morning in Stanley, on Hong Kong Island.
We spent some time at Stanley market, visited a small temple dedicated to those who work on the sea, had an Italian lunch on a very touristy main street. And I almost bought some silk pajamas.
Portraits on the sea wall:
From the little temple:
The headline photo (above) is a detail of a portion of the offerings of incense and fruit at the Buddhist temple. I loved how the incense ash had blown onto the mandarin orange itself.
Scenes from Stanley:
We returned late to the hotel, and have an early start today (it’s 6.55 a.m. here, although 4.55 p.m. yesterday at home), so the writing and musing must await a more appropriate time.
But here are some photos from yesterday . . . at Repulse Bay on Hong Kong Island: