Seeing our new city for the first time
We landed in Hong Kong early Sunday morning, breezed through baggage claim and customs and piled everything into the car that had come to collect us. Exiting the airport, we caught sight of Hong Kong for the first time just as the sun rose. During the entire ride into the city we marveled at beautiful scenery bathed in golden light. I managed to grab a few quick shots out the window but they did not begin to convey the almost mystical beauty of Hong Kong at sunrise.
An Urban Oasis
We dropped our bags at our apartment and went exploring. Before long we came upon Hong Kong Park, an oasis in the midst of an energetic business district. The park opened in May 1991 on a site that was originally a garrison. Many people were enjoying a leisurely Sunday afternoon among the lush foliage, walking paths, and a lake with a Koi pond and a waterfall.
After several more hours of exploring we had taken in enough culture shock for one day so we had dinner at an Italian restaurant, Grappa’s, instead of sampling the local cuisine. Claire ordered a Peking duck pizza so at least we got a little bit of local flavor.