What to do, what to do? Well, of course, another mall!
I have to say that Stevie and I were both pretty jazzed up at the prospect of shopping on this trip. After all, it’s been over 2 years since we’ve been in a mall and our shopping prospects are basically the Exchange or online, neither of which is ideal. But both Stevie and I thought the shopping would be different. When we think malls, we think anchor department stores and lots of retailers running sales and promotions and such. Well here the malls are plentiful, and nice, but the stores are all UPSCALE shopping without the good deals. And no matter how desperate I am to shop, I still refuse to pay $300 for a Polo sweater. Not gonna do it!
After deciding to stop delaying our day, we headed to the Star Ferry port to catch a ride to the other side. This is a short ride across the Victoria Harbor and gives you great views of both sides of the city.
Since the rain was still coming down, we grabbed a cab to take us to an area where supposedly there were clothing bargains to be had. We stopped for lunch at a restaurant featuring specialties from Shanghai (got my dim sum I’ve been wanting!) and as a bonus it had a great view!
So finally, after all this searching, we found an area called Jardine’s Crescent that was a cattle shoot of small stalls offering some fairly good deals on clothes. But it was SOOO crowded. And we did find a shop offering reject designer clothes like Jos A Banks and Hurley – but only one. And this is what I thought the shopping here was going to be!
|Stevie looking like a giant among the Asian women.|
|Care for some "fresh" meat? I wouldn't venture any further into this market - didn't know what I'd see!|
So you’ve probably gathered from the photos that Hong Kong sits in valley opening onto a safe harbor. Built all around the harbor are huge apartment and office skyscrapers. Some of these skyscrapers are actually built on the sides on the mountains – an engineering feat I’m not sure needs to be tested. So the Peak is the top of one of these mountains that looks down onto the cityscape below and is an amazing view. I mean how many times do you get to look down on a city? The Peak Tram, as its name suggests, is a tram car that climbs the mountain, sometimes at a 45 degree angle. It’s pretty fantastic! At the top of the mountain, at the Peak, is not only a spectacular view, but also lots of shops (surprise!) and restaurants. Since we made it to the top slightly before sunset, we got the experience of seeing the view in the daylight and with the evening lights.
|Stevie (and apparently the man behind him) looking thrilled at the hour long wait to go up to the Peak.|
|Look at the crowds!|
|Yes, I'm taking my own photo because Stevie was in a safer place.|
|The Peak Tower - restaurants and shops|
|Stevie's face says it all about the ride back down the mountain!|
|View from the top|
|The view off the back of the Peak.|
|And the lights come on...|
|Hong Kong at dusk|