to Enjoy Hong Kong...
a complete change of pace, it�s great fun to board a Dolphinwatch
boat and head off to Hong Kong�s Western Harbour to see the
bubble-gum pink dolphins cavorting in the water. These Chinese
white dolphins (actually pale pink in color) are an endangered
species and can only be found in Southeast Asia. Duration
of the tour is four hours and the guide, Janet has many female-centered
bits of info to send your way. Did you know that dolphins
are born tail first and mama is a deeper shade of pink than
dad dolphin? How do dolphins breast-feed their young? Surprisingly,
there is never any direct contact between the two. Baby floats
under the mother with its mouth open. Mama squirts her milk
and baby learns to be quick. For further information contact:
2984 1414. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
the Hong Kong Museum of Art...
time for this museum because there�s much to learn here. In
the Chinese Calligraphy and Figure Painting Gallery
observe the fine lines and exquisite color schemes of the
art work. From late Ming to the late nineteenth century, see
how the depiction of the female figure is transformed. In
the Modern Chinese Gallery, seek out the
endearing style of artist Shifa Chen. Her 'Lady in the Lotus
Pond' is lovely. And, try not to miss the 'Hong Kong Through
the Ages' exhibit where art becomes a lesson in the region's
culture and history. This museum is spacious but not large
(three floors-- six galleries) with floor to ceiling windows
affording excellent views of Victoria Harbour. (Free Wednesday)
She Shops for Chinese
course, in Hong Kong gift-buying opportunities abound. However
there are several establishments specializing in Chinese
articles that Journeywoman recommends for their interesting
selection and their appropriate pricing. The first, our
favorite, is Chinese Arts and Crafts a
department store chain (ask your concierge for the branch
nearest you) that sells everything from mini one-cup teapots
to pure silk scarves to cashmere sweaters. For next year�s
stocking stuffers, their souvenir section has everything
from tiny make-up bags to finely embroidered placemats to
make-up mirrors all under $10.00. The Welfare Handicrafts
Shops (Salisbury Road near the Star Ferry in Kowloon)
is a much smaller shop and they sell their gifts and handmade
souvenirs on behalf of more than 50 charities. Check out
their gift wrap, men�s padded jewelry cases and greeting
cards. Then, want to shop for tea alongside the Hong Kong
ladies who lunch? From Seibu department store in Pacific
Place take the escalator down to the Ying Kee Tea
House. Too expensive for you? Simply step across
the hall to COO supermarket. For $2.00,
the boxed teabags are yours. Finally, leave time for browsing
in the Museum of Art giftshop. Their selection
is both vast and creative.
still more shopping tips? Here�s
Tip -- Shopping at HK�s International Airport
Hong Kong�s airport in Chep Lap Kok it doesn�t
matter if you arrive too early for your flight. In fact, shopaholics
deliberately allot more time to their check-in experience
to check-out the more than 140 retail outlets open for business.
There�s a little bit of everything for everybody -- duty free
perfumes, Chinese medicines, books at WH Smith, Chinese cookies
at Wing Wah�s, all the designer labels, Chinese arts and crafts
plus just about everything you can find in the city with prices
to match. Don�t panic if you still haven�t found a gift for
promises you�ll find something sweet at the airport and it
won�t cost you a fortune.
kiddies or on your own...
The Kadoorie Experimental Farm and Botanic Garden
in the New Territories sits on Hong Kong�s highest peak. Think
green and room to run! Think Butterfly Garden, glorious scenery,
pathways, ornamental trees and several charming pavilions.
A splendid change of pace and a great outdoor classroom for
both you and your Journeykiddies. Closed on Sunday. Admission
is free but call ahead to let them know you�re coming (852)
2488 1317. To join a tour call: Splendid Tours and Travel
(852) 2316 2151
Park is a highlight...
Park is a whimsical entertainment treat for both
young and old.Highlights include a dolphin show, an atoll
reef where fish of every size, shape and color swim by large
brightly lit windows -- it�s the next best thing to snorkeling.
There�s a Japanese Garden complete with fab goldfish collection.
There�s Ferris wheels, a very scary rollercoaster ride and
a system of cable cars that allow visitors to look far out
over the South China Sea. But the absolute stars of the show
are Jia Jia (She) and An An (He) the Giant Panda Bears from
China. She sits quietly munching on bamboo. He is forever
pacing and climbing on to things. So what else is new, ladies?
Plan on spending the better part of the day here. There�s
much to see!
a ferry to Cheung Chau Island...
fishing community of Cheung Chau, where 10%
of the people still live on sampans and junks, allows no motor
vehicles on its narrow winding lanes. Be prepared for superb
visual delights! From the tiny restaurants dotting the harbour
to the old men playing mahjong to the central outdoor market
and the Chinese herbalist shop, this spot is traveller�s heaven.
across an island...
round out your stay with some great hiking and cultural diversion.
Board a ferry to Lamma Island one of Hong
Kong�s loveliest outlying areas. Head for Yung Shue
Wan, the Cantonese side, where most of the expats
live and where the western restaurants, cafes and pubs flourish.
Once you�ve explored this area then take the eight km hiking
path that winds across the island. No need to watch out for
cars-- there aren�t any here. Sok Ku Wan
is the Chinese side, well-known for its seafood and al fresco
dining. Journeywoman recommends Rainbow Restaurant
with its steamed fish of the day cooked in ginger and spring
P.S. Don�t think
you have to hike back to Yung Shue Wan. Ferries go to both
sides of the island. You can arrive at one end and leave from
the other. This trip�s a perfect ending to a perfect stay
in Hong Kong!
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