Brand New Day–Our First Day in Hong Kong

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.

Our first glimpse of Hong Kong was at sunrise.
Our first glimpse of Hong Kong was at sunrise.

 

The scenery  was beautiful as we crossed the bridge from the airport.
The scenery was beautiful as we crossed the bridge from the airport.
Skyscrapers with a backdrop of lush, green mountains
Skyscrapers with a backdrop of lush, green mountains

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.

A beautiful park offers a bit of serenity in the heart of the busy city.
A beautiful park offers a bit of serenity in the heart of the busy city.

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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.

Claire's Peking duck pizza was delicious.
Claire’s Peking duck pizza was delicious.
The bar at Grappa's in Pacific Place.
The bar at Grappa’s in Pacific Place.
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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Polly Pharo says:

    Beautiful pictures and scenery I hope some day to come for a visit while your there Polly

  2. Janie Copes says:

    Lovely–thanks for sharing—————–Cheers Janie

  3. Connie Woodruff says:

    Wonderful!

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