After a light Indian snacks and chai we started out evening tour at the Tower Clock, close to Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong. There was a small park which looked like a kid’s play area but it was under maintenance. Of course, Chhavi wanted to go there. I had to convince them that even though it was possible to jump over the fence it was not done, they could see there was no one in that area. Then I dragged them to the Victoria Harbor.
For about five minutes they were speechless and just looked at the view. Then they started. They wanted to jump into the water from the pier. The elder one Vasu also declared, that after all she knew how to swim! With such ideas being floated around me, photography took a very severe beating. It was sunset time but I couldn’t even locate where the sunset was, at least not properly. I could see the general direction of the sunset and others going at it with their tripods. I hurriedly clicked two-three pictures but none of them are going to make it to the blog! Kids and sunsets don’t mix well, not in my case for sure! The brats also refuse most of the times to get clicked. So while they were engrossed in looking at the view, I decided to click a few pictures.
Then my niece pointed out this ship to me, “Look masi a pirate ship!” It was well spotted, I have to say. It served as the foreground for my subsequent photographs! But with kids jumping around and so much water everywhere to fall into, my attention was more on them than on photography. All of us were quite happy to walk around and then later take a ferry to the tram station for visiting ‘The Peak’. It was a beautiful evening, our first in Hong Kong. I hope there are going to be many more trips in the future with my double troubles!
Photography takes a back seat when you are traveling with two kids. And the kids are like pieces of luggage but with wheels that are slightly out of control. The trip to Hong Kong is going by in a flash! I
We did the tour of the Victoria Harbor and The Peak on the same day we arrived in Hong Kong. And we came back quite late at night. I was wondering throughout if the kids would get quite cranky. But my fears were quite unfounded, the kids lasted into the night and they lasted well!
Chhavi did sleep for sometime on the bus ride back to the hotel I thought she would sleep through the journey but it was not the case. She woke up and the two friends started chatting again in no time. They enjoyed the experience of taking a ferry to go to The Peak Hong Kong. We took a tram to The Peak. I don’t know if it was because of the school holidays or not but the ride was crowded, really crowded, crowded as in giving a run for money to any crowded places in India. OK probably we could not compare to a Mumbai Local Train but anything else can stand in competition.
People would queue up in Hong Kong as a rule. But not on the tram to the peak. There was such a mad rush to board the train that people were climbing over each-other. Once the rush subsided we entered the tram and still found seats for us!
For me walking along the Victoria Harbor was the best experience. I wish I had more time. It was also very nice that the kids could enjoy the day, even though we arrived on the same morning.
It was not a lazy Sunday by any stretch of imagination. But here is a picture of the Central Harbor, Hong Kong, nonetheless.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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