The big event for today was doing a day trip to Shenzhen, and seeing The Window of The World. The Window of the World (世界之窗) in Shenzhen is a place where you can see nearly perfectly replicated famous buildings from around the world, but on a smaller scale. It is somewhat similar to Epcot in Disneyworld in the US. There was a free show that I saw in the Window of the World. I was not expecting a very good show, but was actually surprised how good it really was. I was VERY impressed by the Window of the World, and hope to go again sometime in the future. I saw some milk smugglers almost immediately upon entering Shenzhen, and as I was leaving Shenzhen to go back into Hong Kong. I never imagined that milk is a product that someone would want to smuggle, but apparently, in China, there is a big market for good quality imported milk. Coming back to Hong Kong again felt really great!!!
In the morning, I had a good breakfast with Kenneth. I wandered around his neighbourhood in Hong Kong for a bit afterwards, and think that I went to a library later in the day in order to get some work done. Hong Kong’s libraries are actually quite fantastic and usually have free Wi-Fi. I included a picture of people on the train in the metro in this post to show how busy the Hong Kong MTR can often get.
I didn’t do much today. Today was the day that Peter went back to China. I stayed in Hong Kong though. Today my knee was hurting, so I slept a bit today. One cool thing that I saw was a series Dragonball Z coke zero cans in the grocery store inside of the Sogo in Causeway Bay.. I bought one of them with Cell on it just because I love Dragonball Z. Most of the can had writing in Japanese all over it, so I couldn’t understand it. I was expecting a very sweet drink, but got Coke Zero. I never imagined that Coca-Cola would put Coke Zero in a Dragonball Z drink, but I thought it was cool anyway.
In Hong Kong, on every Wednesday, most museums are free to attend, so today we wanted to attend a few museums. First, we had breakfast with our Couchsurfing host, Kenneth, and then Kenneth took us on a ferry from Hong Kong Island to Tsim Sha Tsui, where many of the good museums in Hong Kong are located. The museums that we saw were the Hong Kong Art Museum, and the Hong Kong Space Museum. I thought that the art museum was pretty good, but thought that the Hong Kong Space Museum was excellent. The Hong Kong Space Museum is by far the best space museum I have ever seen. One can learn quite a lot about astronomy and space by visiting the Hong Kong Space Museum. After seeing the space museum, Peter and I had dinner at a place called Cafe de Coral, and then later at night went to a place called Happy Valley Racecourse, which is a place where there is horse racing in Hong Kong. I had quite a good time in Happy Valley Racecourse, and thought that the stadium was very good. It has probably been almost two years since I have been to a horse racing place. I decided to bet, just for fun, and bet the minimum bet which was 20 HKD. I ended up winning more than 270 HKD because my horse placed much to my amazement. Later, Kenneth joined Peter and I at the racecourse, and then we went back to his apartment. There were quite a few very expensive cars right around the Happy Valley Racecourse.
Peter and I went to several places today. First we went to The Peak (山頂). The Peak is one of the most famous places in Hong Kong. It is one of the tallest places on Hong Kong Island, and is the place where some of the richest people in Hong Kong live. We took a tram from somewhere close to the Central MRT station to the Peak area. Later, we went to the Avenue of Stars, a place to see statues and handprints of very famous actors like and directors from Hong Kong. You can see handprints or statues of famous stars such as Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. Later, we had some great ice cream from an ice cream truck. At the end of the day, I had a delicious dinner at a Pakistani restaurant in a famous building in Hong Kong called Chung King Mansions.