Holiday – China (Day 18): Scrutiny On The Buses

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Our penultimate day in Hong Kong – and the holiday! Gosh, it feels like we’ve been out here forever!

After my recent episode – On the Buses – we’ve now scrutinised our Big Bus sightseeing tour from yesterday, and whilst we didn’t cover everything we planned, we did pretty well! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

  • Sailing on the Star Ferry – DONE
  • Experiencing all of the Green Route – DONE
  • Covering some of the Red Route – HALF DONE
  • Taking a trip on a sanpan – DONE
  • Travelling on the Peak Tram – DONE
  • Wowing at the views from Victoria Peak – DONE

I therefore feel a sequel coming on (wasn’t there also a sequel to the movie – On the Buses?) How appropriate! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Today, we’re going to try and…

  • …take in all of the Blue Route
  • visit the Sky100 Observation Tower (Blue Route, Stop 14)
  • take a guided-walk around the city
  • enjoy the (one hour) night-tour by Bus
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Yep, that’ll be fine, I’ll take it!

The Blue Route

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There are only about six stops on this route and it only takes an hour to do the complete circuit (excluding the Sky100 walkabout) – it’s all very do-able.

You can see a more detailed map of all the routes showing ALL the stops HERE.

The Sky100 Observation Tower

Developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties, Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck is located on the 100th floor of International Commerce Centre, the tallest building in Hong Kong. At 393 metres above sea level, it is the only indoor observation deck in Hong Kong offering 360-degree views of the territory and its famous Victoria Harbour.

Without doubt, the high-spot (see what I did there?!) of the Blue-Route was the stop at ‘Sky100’. We’d already been impressed by the views from Shanghai Tower earlier in the holiday, but this was even better! – helped by the fact that the place was almost deserted when we got there at around 11.20am. Fantastic! ๐Ÿ˜„

We really do recommend this! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

After enjoying a quick coffee on the observation floor, we headed for the exit and pickup-point. Getting to the top had been easy-peasy…

…but finding our way to where the Bus was to pick us up – not so much! After much mis-direction, we realised we should have just followed the signs for ‘Coach Pickup’ on the lower-ground floor (obviously!). ๐Ÿ™„

We were soon on-board… and what seemed like off again as the Tour concluded. I guess, in summary, I’d say we didn’t learn very much about the area; Sky100 was the best bit, but the hour tour had given us a feel for this part of the city.

Next stop was an early lunch. Fortunately, the tour finished right next to Pizza Express. It was empty when we arrived around noon and absolutely heaving, when we left around an hour later!

…and at HK$58 for a two-courser – around ยฃ5.80 pp – I’m not surprised; what’s NOT to love? ๐Ÿ˜‹

Guided Walk around the City

Ann and I opted out of this one, as we wanted to complete today’s Blog post before the Night-Tour later (well, that’s my excuse!). Ralph and Karen flew the flag for the group! ๐Ÿ˜‰, so we said our temporary goodbyes and they headed for the meeting-point via the Ferry. Cheers you two – see you later for the Night Tour!!

The Night Tour

This was a one-hour tour starting at 7pm. There’s only one departure time and it was suggested that we get there in good time to bag the best bus seat!

The Hotel’s free Shuttle-bus took me from the hotel and dropped me at The Peninsular – right where the tour started, so that was perfect!

I wouldn’t say it was the most exciting set of lights I ever seen but it was worth the trip if only to appreciate the sheer volume of the retail operation – especially the number of watch shops. The gazillions of people walking in every direction made us appreciate even more being on the top-deck of the Bus! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

We’ve got a FINAL full day here tomorrow, and it’s our last day in Hong Kong – and the holiday! Time to think about packing!

Well, that’s it! After 225,616 steps, we’re done here! (until the next time!) ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ˜

It’s been a great break, with great friends and some unforgettable memories! Back to reality, when we land at 5.30am on Saturday (tomorrow) morning! ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด

More photos (and none of my chat!) HERE

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