I thought our first full day in Hong Kong would be completely lost to jet-lag, but the time difference worked in our favor, helping us get an early start to the day. I spent the early morning with my mother and brothers, which was a rare treat, as we live on 3 different continents. Rich and the kids went out to explore the area around Lan Kwai Fong and found themselves in the Botanical Gardens, face to face with some Orangutans and exotic birds.
We happened to run into each other on the way back to the hotel. Our youngest son, Sam was holding a huge dried leaf of some kind, but was even more excited as he had spotted a sleek black all-electric Tesla car snaking its way through Hong Kong traffic, license plate MACH V. For a fan of exotic cars, Hong Kong is heaven!
In the afternoon we took the Star Ferry to Kowloon. The Star Ferry is a wonderful, cheap way to experience Victoria Harbour. It takes just 10 minutes to get to Kowloon, and once there, you can feast your eyes on breathtaking views of Hong Kong’s famous skyline. We were in a bit of a daze at this point, but we enjoyed window shopping and pausing to drink in the views.
My brother and sister-in-law are master planners, and they had made reservations for our whole group – 20 people in all – at the LockCha Tea House, an all-vegetarian authentic Chinese restaurant. It was very different from the Chinese food in the States. A highlight for me was the jasmine tea, which was made by placing an entire dried jasmine flower in a glass and boiling water over it. The flower opened up in the water, and turning it into fragrant tea. As wonderful as this all was, looking across the table I saw that Sam had hit his jet-lag wall. Normally a very adventurous eater, the different food sent him over the edge and it was more than he could deal with. I took him back to the hotel and ordered pizza from room service. A fitting end to a fantastic day!