Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Hong Kong

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.

Rickshaws in the rain, from a shop window

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.

(Source: Wikipedia)

passing a returning Star Ferry
going in style in 2nd class
On our way to the Hong Kong Botanical Gardens, I stopped into the Hong Kong branch of Toronto Dominion Bank (I worked for TD for 38 years and 7 months, retiring in 2014) to say hello. It was located in Hutchinson House on Harcourt Road in the day, but has since moved to Queensway

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

the long view
a closer view

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.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

12 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Hong Kong

    1. The humidity was high, but not like in the Aussie rainforest in December when even my sweat had sweat. I wish I had scanned the photos in sooner before they had deteriorated, but better late than never. Thanks for reading Lynette. Hope your week is going well. Allan

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    1. One of my readers advises it now costs 35 cents. The HK $ was about 5 to the CAD $ at the time. Now it is 5.777. A bargain remains a bargain when you have such a large population base. Now with bridges and the metro to cross between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, the ferry is less used, but still worth it. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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