Sunday 11 August, 2013 – Hong Kong, China
Ngong Ping 360 cable ride, Ocean Park, Disneyland, or Hong Kong Bus Tour – those were our options for today. Having never been to any of the other ones, I chose Disneyland – I knew it was smaller than all the other ones, but I figured the Asia does cheesy really well, and I was right – they even have a special train that takes you there, and the windows are cutouts of Mickey Mouses head.
Well, it was the hottest day since we’d been there – 34 degrees and blue skies so the sun was absolutely beaming down. When we got in there, all you could see was hundreds of umbrellas (apparently this is to avoid getting a tan, and also to shelter from the sun), so I bought a nice pink one with Minnie Mouse on it.
I’m very sad to say that after our private tour of the new lands (Mystic House and Grizzly Gulch) where we did get to jump the queue on a couple of the rides, my feet were so sore that I couldn’t take anymore, so myself and another agent made our way back to the train as fast as our swollen feet and ankles would take us. What a relief to get on that train and to be able to sit down.. even if we did accidentally take the train going the wrong way and having to back track. When we got to an intersection and had to switch trains, we ended up standing again as the train was so packed.. this was quite entertaining though, I ended up facing some guy and being able to see the text messages he was sending.. I didn’t mean to look but oh my god, I have never seen so many emoticons used in one message.
The rest of the afternoon was at our leisure, so we headed straight to the hotel’s bar for a much needed drink.The evening was a gala dinner at The Quarterdeck Club on Hong Kong Island. I have to say, I was slightly disappointed about the location, as I really wanted to see the light show which happens every night at 8 – all the buildings light up and there are lasers across the harbor and music.. but apparently this is really only visible from Kowloon. We saw some lasers, but they were quite dim from where we were. The buffet dinner at Quarterdeck was lovely though, and a really awesome band followed.. they covered some really hard songs, such as Gangnam Style, so I was really impressed by that and had a good boogy. We had planned to follow all this up with a trip to Ozone bar, which is a roof top bar in the Ritz Hotel – actually, it is the highest bar in the world – 188 storeys up. However, we were too late, being a Sunday night, the bar closed early. We headed back to the bar at the hotel for a couple of cocktails before bed.