We arrived in Hong Kong on Tuesday, March 29th. Hong Kong is made up of approximately 260 islands. We are staying at the Youth Center in Hong Kong Island, a very conveniently located hotel with all the amenities necessary to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Our students have had plenty of free time during this last leg of our trip, enjoying more down time in between activities and dinner. They have even made friends with students from other schools from San Diego.
On Wednesday, March 30th, our second day in Hong Kong, we visited Victoria Peak. We rode the Victoria Peak Tram built by the British in 1888 and considered the world’s steepest tram. Once on the top, Victoria Peak offered a birds eye view of the skyscraper forest in Kowloon Peninsula, the harbor, and beyond. The weather was rather hot, so some of us enjoyed a short walk along the tree canopied trails to cool off.
We later continued on to ride a Taipan, or water taxi, on the bay through the the fish market. We had the opportunity to see how the “Boat People” live in their boats. We continued on to Aberdeen, Repulse Bay, Stanley Market, and enjoyed an exquisite Dim Sum lunch overlooking the harbor. We finished our day after a two-hour haggling session in Chinese at the Laddies Market, known for its imitations.
On Thursday, March 31st we visited Lantau Island, Hong Kong’s biggest island known for its gigantic Buddha sitting on a lotus flower. We hiked up 268 steps to see it up close and to enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the surrounding mountains. We ended our last day in Hong Kong with a celebratory dinner with our student’s reflection on this trip.
We return home today, and most students are saddened to leave 😪. Some wish they were conveniently left behind! We all wish we could stay longer, but our flight leaves Hong Kong today, Friday April 1st at 7:35 pm, and will land at LAX at 9: 38 pm. Please make sure to check Air Canada’s flight #1884 for the latest information on flight arrivals.
Lastly, thank you for having entrusted Mr. Corona and me with your son/ daughter for these past 12 days. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to have brought them this far in the world and to have shared and learned so much from them. We have built a special bond, and I can assure you this amazing adventure in China will always have a very special place in our hearts. Until next time!
MD China Spring 2016