All photos taken on May 6, 1982.
After all our adventures yesterday, we opted for a more low key day today. Buffet breakfast was again in the Bauhania Room at the Hong Kong Hotel. After lunch we spent some time wandering through the shops along Nathan Road and in Ocean Terminal, looking for some last minute souvenirs.
After a nondescript lunch at McDonalds in Ocean Terminal, we boarded the Star Ferry to head over to Hong Kong Island. In those days, the ride cost 13 cents for 2nd class on the open deck or 17 cents for first class on the closed deck. We liked the open deck better.
The Star Ferry is a passenger ferry service operator and tourist attraction in Hong Kong. Its principal routes carry passengers across Victoria Harbour, between Hong Kong Island, and Kowloon. The service is operated by the Star Ferry Company, which was founded in 1888 as the Kowloon Ferry Company, and adopted its present name in 1898.
With a fleet of twelve ferries, the company operates two routes across the harbour, carrying over 70,000 passengers per day, or 26 million per year. Even though the harbour is crossed by railway and road tunnels, the Star Ferry continues to provide an inexpensive mode of harbour crossing. The company’s main route runs between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui.
It was rated first in the “Top 10 Most Exciting Ferry Rides” poll by SATW (Society of American Travel Writers) in February 2009.
From there, it was only a short walk to the Hong Kong Botanical and Zoological Gardens, where we enjoyed a slow saunter in the muggy Hong Kong spring heat.
Our walk over, we took the Star Ferry back from Central Ferry Pier #7 to Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier and our hotel. In the photo below, the long building just above the ferry is Ocean Terminal and the medium tall building above the ferry is our hotel
We dined at the Jade Garden Restaurant with Duane, Niva and Flo from our tour group. It was time we tried Peking Duck and we were neither ready for nor hungry enough for all the food that came with that complete meal. Fried rice and water chestnut fritters also accompanied the meal. We were stuffed before we knew it.
We walked the promenade near our hotel taking in the night views across the harbour to Hong Kong Island. They were spectacular.