Day 3 Hong Kong: Saturday 28 April
Got up 730 am and took the 9 am shuttle bus to Mong Kok MTR station. Went on MTR to Central station and checked out where entrance to City Hall was. Went for a latte at Costa Coffee nearby and then went to meet Helen Swinnerton in City Hall. Had Din Sum in City Hall restaurant with Helen. Amazing experience – glad Helen was there to show us how and what to order! Went to HSBC building where protesters were camped like they were at St Paul’s in London. Mel took some pictures for HSBC’s archives! Lots of Philipino maids on day off were picnicking in the tunnel under the road. Said goodbye to Helen, walked up to St John’s Church ( the only freehold building in HK) and then onto the escalator up to the Mid-level. Went to the Man Mo temple, then back through the Wet Market. Caught a tram to Causeway Bay. Very busy – lots of people out shopping due to national holiday – budda’s birthday. Caught MTR back to TST and then we went to the Avenue of Stars again and Mel took a picture of Bruce Lee statue. Back to hotel on shuttle bus and another session in the gym for Mel. Caught the shuttle bus to Mong Kok and walked through Ladies market where there were lots of stalls all selling the same ‘tat’! Onto Temple Street Market where we ate at a street side cafe -noodles and chicken, satay beef and broccoli with garlic. Delicious and cheap! Took a taxi back to the hotel – quick and cheap! 20 HKdollars. Late night for us 1130 to sleep.