All through December 2005 there is a strong northeast
Monsoon wind in the South China Sea, so we couldn't make the decision to
cross over with 'Alexandra' to Hong Kong. A disappointment because we
wanted to see and experience something there of the atmosphere around
Christmas. But we could arrange a last minute ticket, so we were there a
week starting Boxing Day.
It is the first time we visit this world city and the
atmosphere is great: safe, good public transport and a choice of
interesting places and buildings to visit. The Christmas decorations in
the shops and shopping centres are overwhelming and in the evening there
is a feast of lights everywhere. All buildings are illuminated and every
night at 8 pm there is a spectacular sound and light show with light,
laser and sound coming from the high rise on both sides of the harbour
of Hong Kong.
The last few hours of 2005 we stroll along several
squares and areas in Hong Kong where there is music, dance, cabaret and
mime on play and where you can sit and look around enjoying the
lightened city. At ten minutes to twelve the Peninsula Hotel darkens all
her lights and after the counting down there is a heavy beat on a big
gong, some coloured rockets and once of a sudden there is all the light
back again: welcome in 2006!
of Hong Kong.
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