Hong Kong - Museum and Bus Tour
After lunch, which given that they speak Cantonese in Hong Kong and a lot of the Chinese restaurants and takeaways in the UK serve Cantonese food, was incredibly similar to what you can get in the UK, we decided to take a bus tour of Hong Kong island. Although it had stopped raining when we first boarded the bus by the time we were half way around it had gone from light drizzle to fairly heavy rain again. However I was not complaining as the cooler temperature made a pleasant change.
The tour we chose took us through the Central Business District, around the Causeway Bay area where we could see the boats in the harbour, the CWB typhoon shelter and Victoria park, through Wan Chai, past the point where you can pick up the tram to the peak (more on that soon) and through the Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo areas of the island.
We also saw the Man Mo temple which is one of Hong Kong's oldest. Unfortunately I was not able to get any decent pictures as by this point it was raining heavily and we had to move into the undercover part of the bus. The temple though is dedicated to a statesman of the 3rd century BC called Man Cheung and a military deity called Kwan Yu. Man Cheung is worshipped as the god of literature and Kwan Yu, who was a soldier born in the 2nd century AD, is now venerated as a god of war, typically portrayed with red cheeks.
In the evening we had a couple of drinks in a bar near our hotel called Mes Amis. There are a couple of these bars in Hong Kong, we only went to the one in Kowloon but this seemed relaxed with a mix of locals and expats, a happy hour and decent music. We then went for drinks at the Felix bar in the Peninsula hotel. Once again we had a brilliant view across the harbour for the light and laser show and as I said before I enjoyed it much more from this bar.
The place is pretty small, unlike the Aqua Spirit bar, so your view is fairly unobstructed in comparison. The cocktails were good but I gather the best part about the place is the men's toilets! Obviously I didn't go in them, well actually I nearly did as it wasn't that obvious which was the men's and which was the ladies but fortunately the valet pointed me in the right direction. Anyway the interesting part about the men's toilets, apparently there is a rather dramatic view over the city through the men's urinals. I can confirm though there is nothing so exciting in the ladies.
After this we decided to have dinner at the Felix restaurant. Yet again this consisted of wonderful food and wine with another spectacular view of the city.