"Honk Honk"

When we told Jameson of our plans to visit Hong Kong to reset our Visas he said “Honk, Honk!” Ironically, we heard much less “honk, honking” in Hong Kong than we hear in Shanghai.

Because we needed to visit the Hong Kong Chinese Consulate during business hours we decided to make our trip a long weekend. Jim took Monday and Tuesday off so that we could pick up our visas on Tuesday after applying for and expediting them on Monday. We flew in on Friday, therefore we had the entire weekend to explore and enjoy the city.

On Saturday we visited Victoria’s Peak where we took a "nature walk" around the peak while Jameson had a short nap. Then we let Jameson run around the viewing area before taking a cable car back down to Sea Level. We were lucky to have a clear day with great visibility.



Looking down on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon across the water...



Compared to Shanghai, the air was sweet and fresh with vast amounts of foliage at Victoria Peak.



The cable car reminded us of home... But we missed the Rice a roni adds



It is a little peculiar that this was Jamesons first cable car ride!

 

Saturday evening we went to the Kowloon water front where we experienced the "Symphony of Lights" which is also the world's largest permanent light and sound show.


We took the metro followed by a double-decker bus from our Hotel in Mong Kok, Kowloon to Ocean Park on Hong Kong Island, on Sunday. Carved into two peaks along the ocean shore, the park contained a zoo, aquarium and theme park. Jameson took his first Ferris wheel and tram ride. 



Jameson wanted to go "kick-kicking" with the seals



Upon our return to Shanghai, we experienced reverse culture shock. We realized what a luxury it was to be in Hong Kong as English is widely spoken there. Until 1997, Hong Kong was a dependent territory of the United Kingdom and is now a “Special Administrative Region” of China. Although it has been 13 years since China took over, Hong Kong still feels very Western. To read more about the history of Hong Kong click here.

Because Expo 2010 is drawing such a large number of foreigners to China, Jameson and I were unable to acquire a 60-day visa. Instead we received another 30-day multiple entry visa. I am just happy that they let us back in the country. But, now we must exit, then enter the country every 30 days. So, it looks like another trip is in order. Perhaps Korea will be our next destination…

2 comments

  • Lisa

    Lisa

    Lori what great pictures from Hong Kong! I'm so glad you had a good weekend and much deserved break for Jim! Sorry they wouldn't give you a 60 day visa! Bummer! Can't wait to see where you go next time to reset them. Everyone looks like they had a good time! Hugs and love to all! Lisa

    Lori what great pictures from Hong Kong! I'm so glad you had a good weekend and much deserved break for Jim! Sorry they wouldn't give you a 60 day visa! Bummer! Can't wait to see where you go next time to reset them. Everyone looks like they had a good time!
    Hugs and love to all! Lisa

  • Char

    Char

    My Seester! I love the pics! It looks like you had a great time in Honk Honk! What a fun experience! So sorry I missed your phone call today: I never nap before my shift, and for some strange reason I fell asleep in Monet's room. John woke me and transferred me to my room where I slept for three hours! Who'd a thunk it? Oh well. It is making my first night back much more tolerable, as I am not nauseatingly exhausted at three AM, like I usually am. Let's try on Tuesday! John is setting up the camera/Skype this weekend. He promises! :) We had a great time visiting Jilann, Andrew and Emily! She is so incredibly adorable and sweet! The kids loved meeting Emily. Monet remarked that Emily is the same size as Holly (her doll) and I realized that she truly is an absolute DOLL! Dad took McKinnon on some boy time, and they ended up exploring some caves in Redmond, then climbing Pilot Butte. Mom, Jilann, Emily, Monet and I had some fun girl time out shopping. Monet got to "babysit like a big girl" (aka sit next to Emily in the store while we kept an eye on them while shopping. She thought she was a big helper! Very cute!) Then we met the boys at the little game parlor and played video games, air hokey, etc and won a bunch of tickets for the kids to get a few fun treats. (Sticky gummy hands, whoopy cushions, furry slap bracelets anyone?) Then we met up with Andrew for dinner before heading back to their house for some Rock Band! Jilann got Dad playing and it was pretty funny. My favorite part of the whole trip was watching Dad with Emily. The two of them spent some quality time together at dinner when she was wide awake. You can tell he is a Grandpa now because he had no problems holding her, talking to her, loving on her. He even appropriately used the word "adorable"! (Monet and I have been educating him on the use of girl words: Sweet, precious, adorable, glamorous, darling...)Anyway, multiple times we all said how much we missed you and wished you were there with us. Maybe that is why I took a nap today. It was a long day yesterday! Anyway, I love you! It was great to talk to yolu the other day. Sorry I missed you today. I'll make it up to you next week. The kids were thrilled to get to talk to you and Jameson, though! Give you boys hugs and kisses for me! LOL, Char

    My Seester!
    I love the pics! It looks like you had a great time in Honk Honk! What a fun experience! So sorry I missed your phone call today: I never nap before my shift, and for some strange reason I fell asleep in Monet's room. John woke me and transferred me to my room where I slept for three hours! Who'd a thunk it? Oh well. It is making my first night back much more tolerable, as I am not nauseatingly exhausted at three AM, like I usually am. Let's try on Tuesday! John is setting up the camera/Skype this weekend. He promises! smile We had a great time visiting Jilann, Andrew and Emily! She is so incredibly adorable and sweet! The kids loved meeting Emily. Monet remarked that Emily is the same size as Holly (her doll) and I realized that she truly is an absolute DOLL! Dad took McKinnon on some boy time, and they ended up exploring some caves in Redmond, then climbing Pilot Butte. Mom, Jilann, Emily, Monet and I had some fun girl time out shopping. Monet got to "babysit like a big girl" (aka sit next to Emily in the store while we kept an eye on them while shopping. She thought she was a big helper! Very cute!) Then we met the boys at the little game parlor and played video games, air hokey, etc and won a bunch of tickets for the kids to get a few fun treats. (Sticky gummy hands, whoopy cushions, furry slap bracelets anyone?) Then we met up with Andrew for dinner before heading back to their house for some Rock Band! Jilann got Dad playing and it was pretty funny. My favorite part of the whole trip was watching Dad with Emily. The two of them spent some quality time together at dinner when she was wide awake. You can tell he is a Grandpa now because he had no problems holding her, talking to her, loving on her. He even appropriately used the word "adorable"! (Monet and I have been educating him on the use of girl words: Sweet, precious, adorable, glamorous, darling...)Anyway, multiple times we all said how much we missed you and wished you were there with us. Maybe that is why I took a nap today. It was a long day yesterday! Anyway, I love you! It was great to talk to yolu the other day. Sorry I missed you today. I'll make it up to you next week. The kids were thrilled to get to talk to you and Jameson, though! Give you boys hugs and kisses for me!
    LOL, Char

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