This past weekend was a beautiful sunny day with no signs of Hong Kong’s trademark humidity. Apparently this is winter – between 25 and 30 degrees and blue sky – and we are just fine with that! Actually, I’ve heard this isn’t typical and real cold weather is around the corner. I’ll believe it when I see it…and judge whether it’s actually cold!
We took a little mini bus from the road outside our apartment in Wan Chai to a finishing village on the other side of the island. Mini buses hold about 15 people and once they’re full they don’t make any stops on the way to their destination. And it cost us 7.5 HKD ($1.25CAD each!). The driver had a huge speedometer on display with a sign stating he wasn’t allowed to exceed 80km/hr. One time he did, and a warning bell went off! It was so funny – I don’t know why I didn’t take a photo.
Once we got to Aberdeen we didn’t have any plans other than to wander around and explore. We made our way to the waterfront and quickly found ourselves being approached by a little tour boat. Our guide didn’t speak English but had a little English card all printed and ready to hand to us. A half hour boat tour of the harbour for $60 HKD ($10 CAD) each? Alright! We hopped aboard and putted around for half an hour to see the sights of Aberdeen. Our trip was obviously devoid of commentary but we enjoyed the view back to the town from the water, checking out the boats, and a close-up view of the famous Jumbo seafood restaurant.
Another big draw in Aberdeen is a 27 story mall with both furniture and clothing stores. Imagine an office building but each level is a mall. We rode the elevator to the top and then took the stairs down to each level. We got bored about halfway through and left (we weren’t shopping for anything in particular) and much of it was designer brands and super expensive. We did find a nice outfit for Braden though…should this be his new style?
As we drove by in our taxi on the way home (luckily in slow traffic) we were shocked by this sign. Road casualties year to date: 17,600. WHAT?
So there you have it! A random little day in Hong Kong exploring. Signing off feeling thankful that we weren’t in a road accident.