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A rainy day on the Southern beaches

CHINA | Monday, 21 March 2011 | Views [478] | Comments [1]

After asking at reception about public transport along the southern part of HK Island, we were told about the open top Big Bus - a hop on, hop off system. We thought this was a great idea instead of fumbling our way around on multiple transport systems to various towns so we headed to Central to buy our ticket. We managed to get a front seat on the double decker, upstairs and had cameras ready for our much anticipated journey to the seaside. After 10 minutes we had to get our raincoats out in order to keep our precious viewpoint as we proceeded to Repulse Bay. There was a stop at Aberdeen, once a  fishing village but now a thriving concrete ghetto so we didn't bother debarking there. We had breathtaking views as we wound around mountains often hugging the coast. Repulse Bay was peaceful with not too much development on the hillside though I'm sure in a few years it will have changed. We strolled along the beach in 18 degree C with a very refreshing breeze. At the headland we enjoyed the many donated statues that made up a colourful park- most were made with mosaics and were stunning.  Boarded the bus an hour later, deciding to take a dry seat downstairs on the short trip to Stanley. We certainly felt like we were at a holiday beachside location with a promenade lined with tempting restaurants. I'm sure the temperature had dropped but it didn't stop us from stripping down(!!!) to try on some locally made garments. Mum, at last, had found a shop containing clothing to her taste  and made up for not having purchased any items so far! After a few hours wandering Stanley Markets and with a few bags each of goodies in hand, we found a trendy cafe serving fish and chips - the perfect seaside lunch. Have to say it again - sorry- but it was better than home though the wine wasn't.  With the rain set in, we boarded the last bus home and had a slow (peak hour) trip back down the mountain to Central.  



Thinking of you both, enjoy the remainder of your trip, you'll be back in the Real World before you know it...excited to see you and to hear all about the trip.
Love Lynne

  Lynne Coughlan Mar 27, 2011 8:27 PM

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