2010-07-06 -- Hong Kong

The highlight of the day was a private visit to the helipad and Clipper Lounge (logoA, lots of photos) on top of the Peninsula hotel. The lounge contains lots of memorabilia form the China Clippers; a window placed over a window, a propellor, part of an engine, lots and lots of documents.

Before that we did yet another city tour, to Man Mo Temple on Hollywood road, up to Victoria Peak on the peak tram, through a trendy part of town with a bunch of shops and restaurants, ending with a boat tour around Aberdeen harbor. As much as I hate bus tours, they're sometimes the only feasible option, and (I'll admit) are sometimes interesting. Maybe not here; I was definitely not paying attention, fighting off a cold or something that showed up last night at dinner (a sore throat).

After the tour, we lounged around (aka, slept) until the Clipper Lounge / Helipad tour, then had dinner at Peking Garden (on Salisbury Road), set menu "BB" -- four kinds of cold cut, sea blubber, smoked promfret fish, chicken with rice wine sauce, spicy beef, sauteed prawns in garlic sauce, braised shark's fin soup with seafood, sauteed scallops with vegetable, Peking duck, steamed sliced fish with soya sauce, pan-fried pork dumpling, fried rice with shredded conpoy and egg white, souffle balls with mashed bean and banana.


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Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong. Smoky from incense...



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...foggy from a cold camera lens in hot humid weather.



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Prayer cards in Man Mo Temple.



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Caution signs outside Man Mo Temple:
This temple is managed by Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.
No photos and video shooting.
No smoking.
Be respectful and keep silent.
Beware of naked flame.
Slippery floor.
Beware of steps.
For queries, please contact our staff at the office of Virtue Court or by phone at 2859 7631.



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On the peak tram.



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On the top of Victoria Peak, stone lions guarding the city.



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The city, in minature.



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The tram tracks, in miniature.



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A butterfly, on a stone hand rail, at the top of Victoria Peak. This little guy was lethargic, but alive. I could blow on him, almost pick him up and move him around.



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The Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Hong Kong. No, really, it's called "Jumbo Floating Restaurant".



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Fishing boats lined up in Aberdeen Harbor. They're closing the harbor soon, so I heard.



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Fishing in Aberdeen harbor. Fishing?



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The backside of Giant Floating Restaurant. A bit scary from this side.



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Window in the Clipper Lounge. The lounge was opened by Dick Smith (solo round the world helicopter pilot) on 23rd November 1994. A shiny plaque (in a dark room with lots of highlights) told me that, but the picture was terrible.



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The bar in the Clipper Lounge.



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On the helipad. Not quite sure what to do.



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This time capsue was laid at the topping out of the Penunsula Extension by The Rt. Hon. The Lord Kadoorie, cbe, lld, jp on 19th May 1993.



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We really were up high.



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The group on the helipad.



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Helipad 07t on top of the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong.



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Wind sock on top of the Peninsula.



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Guilliame, relaxing in the Clipper Lounge. Actually, I was more interested in the cylinder head ash tray.



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Three bladed propellor in the Clipper Lounge. Another case where I should have taken a few more shots from different angles, like this one (nice job!).



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