2017 Second Segment

Hong Kong Day 2

On day 2 in Hong Kong, March 3, 2017, we once again took the Hop on Hop off bus. Once again we took the Star Ferry over to Hong Kong Island, but this time we took a different route.  We started out by passing the Golden Bauhina, the site where  the British handed off the territory to China in 1997. Next we headed to Victoria Peak and its’ famous tram , the Peak Tram, which took us to the top and some spectacular views of Hong Kong Harbor.  We then proceed to travel through the city seeing the hustle and bustle. On our return to the ship, the  Clock Tower was seen on Kawloon Island. The...

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Hong Kong Day 1

We docked in Hong Kong on March 2, 2017, for a two day stay. On day one we took the Star Ferry over to Hong Kong Island to board the Hop on Hop off Bus and head out of town to Stanley. In the city we passed many Double Decker Trams which travel among the skyscrapers. Once out of town we went around  Repulse Bay, then over to Stanley and the Stanley Market. On the way back to Hong Kong, we stopped at Aberdeen, home to a floating city with house boats, fishing boats and even a floating restaurant. On the way back across the harbor on the ferry the sunset was illuminating the International...

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Shanghai China Day 2

On our second day in Shanghai, we traveled outside the city to Zhujiajiao, a water town dating back some 5,000 years. 36 stone bridges and numerous rivers line Zhujiajiao, and many ancient buildings still line the riverbanks today. The Fangsheng Bridge (Setting Fishes Free Bridge), is the largest and longest was built in 1571. There are many narrow walkways, however the main transportation is by small boats driven by a single oar. In the town there are many Food Stalls, serving a variety of local foods. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see...

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Shanghai China

Shanghai, China was our destination on February 26, 2017. After docking in the city on the Bund side, with a panoramic view of the Budong, we took a tour around the city with our first stop being the Shanghai Museum. The museum houses ancient Chinese art featuring bronze, jade, ceramics and furniture.  We then went to the Jade Buddha Temple, which features two Jade Buddhas imported from Burma. Continuing on we went to the Bund, Shanghai’s Waterfront area with a boardwalk that overlooks the new area of the city called Bundong. The Yuyuan Garden was the next stop. It was a traditional...

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Beijing China Day 2

On our second day in Beijing, February 23, 2017, we started with a walk through the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty from 1420 to 1912. It covers some 180 acres and was built between 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings.  After walking through the complex we then went to Tiananmen Square, which contains the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Our final stop was at the Temple of Heaven, an imperial...

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Beijing China Day 1

On February 22, 2017,  we docked in Xingang, China, where we left the ship and traveled to Beijing for an overnight stay. The countryside was covered with snow which is rare for this part of China. Our first stop of the day was a jade factory and restaurant, where we had lunch and toured the factory. After lunch it was off to The Great Wall, just outside of Beijing. Here we spent a couple of hours marveling at the world wonder. After visiting the wall we returned to Beijing and our stop for the night, the Sheraton Grand Beijing. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip....

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