2016 second Segment

Hong Kong (Day 3)

Our last day, March 4, 2016, in Hong Kong we spent touring around Kowloon, the part of Hong Kong across from Hong Kong Island and where our ship was docked. Kowloon is highly populated and neon signs on the famous Nathan Road, compete for your attention. We ventured into the Tin Hau Temple, that is located in Kowloon and was built around 1885. From the temple we walked to a local Chinese Street Market, which sold all kind of meat, poultry, produce, herbs and flowers. There was even a wet market that sold all kinds of live seafood. This ended our 3 wonderful days in Hong Kong. The thumbnail...

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Hong Kong Day 2

Our second day in Hong Kong, March 3, 2016, was spent in the outlying towns of Stanley and Aberdeen. After crossing the harbor on the Star Ferry, we got on the bus to go to our first stop, Stanley.  Traveling through Hong Kong and going through a tunnel, we were on the other side of the island on a peninsula  that passed by Repulse Bay on our way to Stanley. Stanley is noted for the Stanley Market, a bargain hunters dream place to shop and its’ many seaside restaurants along the beach. After our stop in Stanley we then went to Aberdeen which is noted for its’ floating village and...

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Hong Kong at Night

During our stay in Hong Kong, we spent our first evening touring Kowloon to see the neon lights. Traveling around we passed the “the busiest cross walk in the world,” the Ladies Market and the Night Market. We went down Temple Street with its’ bustling markets and neon lit side streets. On our second night with took in the Hong Kong light show, on Victoria Harbor, that is orchestrated to music. At the end of the day we took in the Lion show, which was performed on the ship. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual...

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Hong Kong (Day 1)

At 9:00am in the morning of March 2, 2016, we approached the harbor of Hong Kong, where we stayed for 3 days. Entering we passed the very large Chinese Permanent Cemetery on a hillside over looking the harbor and a quaint fishing village  with the skyline of the city in the background. Our destination was the Ocean Terminal that was on Kowloon, on the other side of Hong Kong Island. To get to Hong Kong Island, you can take the 15 minute Star Ferry. Once on the other side we toured the city on the Hop on Hop off Bus, getting off at the Victoria peak tram staton and taking the tram to the top...

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Jakarta, Indonesia

We were in Jakarta, the capital and largest city of Indonesia, on February 26, 2016. Once again we were greeted at the pier by girls in traditional outfits. We took a tour of the city with our first stop being the Wayang Museum, which is devoted entirely to Wayang Javanese puppetry, a theatrical performance with puppets that can last for hours and is located on Taman Fatahillah Square. On the square were vendors of all sorts selling their wares. From there we went to the  Presidential Palace and across the street to Merdeka Square which houses the Monas National Monument. Our final stop was...

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Semarang, Java, Indonesia

On February 25, 2016, we docked on the island of Java at the port of Semarang in Indonesia. Semarang is the port to go to Borobudur, a Buddhist temple and World Heritage site. Since we were there last year, see Java 2015, we decided to explore in and around Semarang. We drove through the streets of Semarang to our first stop Gereja Blenduk, a Protestant church which was built in 1773. Traveling into the countryside to Batik Semarang 16, we saw the process of  cloth weaving and Batik dying as well the construction of hand made clothing. We traveled back through the rice fields to our last...

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