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I traveled all over northern China in 1997 and included the Hong Kong and Macau trip in it even though this trip was taken five years earlier.  So I decided to put on the Macau and Hong Kong trips on separate links with the photos I took in each place!   So this is a high light of the trip as far as I can remember in 2008!   Only 16 years later!  

One day I saw an ad in the paper to fly to Hong Kong for a week, airfare, top hotel, breakfast, a day tour of Hong Kong and Victoria Island, all for the price of $999.00!  Such a deal, who could resist!   So off I flew on Singapore Airlines to visit Hong Kong and Macau.

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Check out the following link to view photos I took along the way in Hong Kong!

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I think the reason I picked this trip was due to Great Britain negotiating with China on the return of Hong Kong to the central government.  I landed and was picked up and taken to the biggest hotel in Kowloon on Nathan Road.   The first morning I had breakfast on the top floor overlooking the city

 and the waiter gave me a London Times with all the goings on for the negotiations. 

A friend in San Francisco said he had a good friend in Hong Kong who worked for China Airlines so I looked him up and he and his friends took me around the area and at night, took me to Victoria Island and the latest Disco Bar that was the in place.  We drank and danced and had a great time.  We also went to other bars but I had to laugh as most of the people in them were speaking with an Australian accent!  

I took a day trip around Victoria Island and sat next to a Middle Eastern woman, very beautiful.  We had a great time going around with the guide checking out the island and the great view from the top of the highest hill!  Check out the photos and the fantastic views of the harbor.

I also took the Star Ferry to the island and it was then, 5 cents!  Such a deal.  I walked all around and admired the new high rises going up all over.  They were just starting building the Bank of China, then the tallest building in Hong Kong at that point.  It is covered in glass and is suppose to look like a bunch of bamboo stalks tied together.

Then one day I took a day tour to Macau and was told the house wives of rich men are usually bored and take the ferry, or the hover craft or the high speed hydrofoil and spend the day gambling.  Then come home in time to see their husbands come home from a hard days work!  Sounds good to me!  Check out the link for Macau!  

One day I took the new subway system around Kowloon.  It is great but, I stayed on too long and ended up at the edge of Kowloon.  I got off and walked around and knew I was lost.  I was the only non-Asian there!    Then I had trouble finding the subway entrance again.  Finally I found it and flew down the stairs and back downtown to my hotel.  I didn't make that mistake again.

All in all, I had a great time and the weather was fantastic, around 75 to 80 and the only rain was on the way back from Macau, a horrible rain storm that one man from India said was like a monsoon!  The sky turned green and the rain fell in buckets!  The ride back on the hover craft was very rocky and I guess sometimes they don't run if the weather is too rough.  Luckily we made it back in good time and then the sun came out again!

I few back and stopped for a few hours in Hawaii and the airport there was great, you could walk around in gardens and enjoy a break before the final flight to San Francisco!

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  Charles Walter Buntjer


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Created on: 1992         


Updated on: 2015.03.25