So, after catching our flight to the Hong Kong, Dad and I arrived, checked into our hotel (Sky City Marriott, if memory serves correctly), and then we caught the rail into the city for some dinner (Pizza Hut). We really did not spend very much time out that day, as we were both tired. And, hello, New Year Eve crowds to avoid. We did, however, wander around this one shopping center a little bit before heading back to the hotel.
Check us out; we're perfect 10s!
For those of you who do not remember, January 1, 2012 was a Sunday this year. Therefore, we really did not do much, but we decided to scout out the LDS Hong Kong temple (so as to be able to attend at a later date), and we also went to Victoria Peak in hopes of having a peaceful, somewhat spiritual experience there. That part of our little plan failed (we didn't really think about it being a tourist spot+holiday=chaos), but we still got to see a nice view of Hong Kong.
Oh, also, for my KyleandFelix, a picture of the cornerstone at the temple.
You're welcome. We also looked in at the chapel/Distribution Center/All-of-your-Church-Needs Building across the street, but we didn't go in. (I know, sinners.)
January 2 was awesome. I had found out about this place called Ocean Park by looking at the Hong Kong Lonely Planet Guide Book that we had in the lounge at the school. It sounded a lot like SeaWorld and it's also a more popular place to go in Hong Kong than Hong Kong Disney is. That, to me, translated in my brain as "WE HAVE TO GO HERE!) And I am so glad we did. Really, I think I probably could have spent one more day here and have been OK, but there was not time enough. So, sadly, we missed all of the animal shows, but I think that still we had a good time.
I can now say I have seen live Pandas from China in China. Also, this is An An.
And, if we recall from my trip to the Hogle Zoo, I have this deep and abiding love for Red Pandas (which, sadly, do not make good pets). I still think they are super-duper adorable, though.
Ocean Park is really quite beautiful. Dad and I enjoyed walking around together and just seeing
real, live snake!
We had to ride some cable cars (I don't really know if this is the right term?) from one end of the park to the other because we had to go over this mountain that's right in the middle. Here is one of the views
California Sea Lions! I go all the way to Hong Kong to see California Sea Lions.
This is at a giant aquarium. The glass was, like, 3 feet thick. It was amazing. The rays were ginormous! They were basically as big as the sharks.