Friday, October 10, 2008

Day 21 At Sea

Today was another fabulous day! The weather was perfect and the day relaxing…. We are sailing between Taiwan and mainland China inching closer to Hong Kong. I really love Hong Kong. It is such a vibrant and colorful city. I look forward to our sail into the harbor tomorrow. I have been invited to the Bridge for the sail in. Its quite an honor….. After we dock I will be taking a tour of Hong Kong (places I have visited before) to get, hopefully some nice photos. Here is the description:
Hong Kong Highlights
Depart the pier for Hong Kong Island and cross under Victoria Harbour by tunnel. Head up to Victoria Peak by funicular tram ride for a breathtaking view of the Harbour and Kowloon. You'll drive past Repulse Bay to the southern side of the island, with panoramic views of one of Hong Kong's most popular and beautiful beaches, along with the beautiful hotel that has long been a landmark. Next, you will continue to Aberdeen where fishermen and their families live on thousands of junks and sampans. Enjoy a short sampan ride here, and a brief stop will be made at one of the city's jewelry workshop
for you to see the wonderful craftsmanship of the goods, with refreshments offered in the exclusive showroom. Continue to the small village of Stanley and Stanley Market, famous for its clothes, furniture, souvenirs and great knock-offs of designer goods.
After I get back to the ship I will get cleaned up, finish packing and get ready for my overnight tour to Guilin China and the Li River. Here is the ship’s description:
Guilin & the Li River Overnight Tour
Day 1
Transfer to Hong Kong Airport for a late afternoon flight to Guilin, justifiably considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in China. Situated in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang region, this is southern
China's shining pearl, packed with verdant mountains, elegant waterscapes, magnificent
crags and fantastic caverns. Upon arrival, transfer and check in at your hotel. Evening at leisure.
Day 2 (B,L)
After breakfast at the hotel, begin your day trip to the picturesque Li River, with a lunch box prepared by the hotel kitchen. Sailing through the winding, twisting waterway, you will have ample time to appreciate the hundreds of bizarre mountains and landforms that have fired Chinese imaginations for generations. Behind each vivid name--Goddess Mountain, Old Man Mountain, Pagoda Mountain, Camel Mountain--is a beautiful fairytale or legend. Along the way, a picture of the unique lifestyle centered on the water will vividly emerge--cormorant fishermen in bamboo boats, bathing children, water buffaloes, and women doing their laundry on the banks of the river. The cruise ends in the small, elegant town of Yangshuo, where you may take a leisurely walk along the most famous West Street. The traditional old houses evoke the splendor of times past. Today, people from different countries manage the stores, cafes and restaurants, creating an exotic flavor in the street. Finally, relax for a drive through terraced rice paddies and bamboo groves en route to Guilin Airport, and take a late
afternoon flight back to Hong Kong where the ship awaits you.
I will not be taking a computer with me so it may be a day or so delay on updating the blog. It should be a great two days….

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