Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Hong Kong Today!!

We're on the road again, after 3 very busy days in Taiwan! I have not walked this much in many years! Mel and Tyler are great hosts and have shown us amazing sites including:

- Taipei 101 - the tallest building in the world - great observation deck and views of the city

- hiking to Jiowu Mountain - a 2.5 km trek through rainforest up a bazillion steps - I made it! (after I lost my breakfast from the heat, humidity and hard work!!)

- the tea buffet (including squid salad and red bean with silver fungus cold dessert soup!) at the Grand Hotel, built under Madame Chiang Kai-Shek's guidance - how elegant and very traditionally Chinese

- night market shopping - crazy busy with stuff and people EVERYWHERE!!

- the school they taught at

This morning we were up at 4:30 to catch a flight to Hong Kong. If we thought Taipei was crowded and busy, this is insane! Nearly 7000 people per square mile with tall, tall buildings everywhere you look. We toured Aberdeen Harbour on a sampan, check the view from Victoria Peak, visited a jewellery manufacturing site (where I got a gorgeous anniversary present!!), shopped a street market and then hit the Women's Market (3 blocks chock full of electronics, sportswear, women's clothing, shoes and jewellery). I think Bob's about shopped out and we need to find more suitcase space too!!

Sorry I can't upload pictures tonight - I wish I'd know our hotel here had internet access but I really didn't want to drag the laptop to China. So hopefully next week I can do share some pictures. I am snapping like crazy!

Love you all - wish you could be here to experience this! And I miss ALL of you!!! (((Hugs)))


  1. Crystal I am sorry you lost your breakie, but it sounds like you are having a great time!!!!!!

    Take care and keep posting...I so look forward to your updates!!!

  2. Love your updates Crystal. Really glad to hear that you are having a great time except for losing your cornflakes.

    Can't wait to hear what's next!

  3. Oh no! I can't believe you lost your breakfast - holy cow, I can count on one finger the one time I've seen you get sick! YIKES! I hope you are feeling better now.
    It sounds like you guys are having a great time though. I SO wish I could be there with you. I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back. Thanks so much for the update on your blog though!!! What an amazing adventure!

  4. So far sounds like you are having a great time!! Can't wait to see the pictures!!

  5. What an awesome adventure! Can't wait to see all your wonderful photos!

  6. sounds like you are having an awesome time (except for the part of the hike! yuck!) Cant wait to see more pictures!

  7. So different but I loved it. The transit system is fabulous there and very cheap. Make sure you get some dim sum. I love the char suey too (not sure on spelling/prounciation but it's BBQ pork on rice). Make sure to shop there. It's soooo cheap, especially clothes.

  8. Oh I forgot make sure you try some duran too. That's if you can get past the smell. They say you love it or you hate it. Just to say you tried it.

  9. I didn't know you were able to update while you were away! Darn I should have been reading all along! Sounds like wonderful exercise and such an incredible experience!! Can't wait to see photos!

  10. roslyn9:23 PM

    Wow sounds like You are having a fascinating experience and I can't wait to see some photos and layouts!!!