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Thursday, August 8, 2002, CST

Day 15, More Shopping in Hong Kong

 

Everyone was looking forward to a good cheap breakfast at McDonalds. The meals here are only about US$2. After breakfast, the plan was to head over to Times Square, in the Causeway Bay district. This is a large shopping mall full of upscale shops that none of us could afford. There must still be plenty of old Hong Kong money around to keep Cartier, Boss, and Gucci in business. It was not a straightforward trip, as we needed 2 taxis for the 10 of us, and they pretended not to understand us. I donít think they wanted to take such a short fare through all of the stop and go traffic in the tunnels to Hong Kong Island.After a full day of shopping, and taking much too long for lunch, it was time to head back to the hotel. We decided to take the MTR underground. This is a modern subway similar to BART, and far exceeds BART in many ways, not the least of which, the overhead hold rails are designed for people of normal height, and I could reach them with no problems. Our closest stop on Kowloon was Mongkok, and they provide some nifty electronic maps showing routes, and transfer points as you travel.

 

That night, we had an excellent Cantonese dinner, our last of the trip. By this time, the teenagers had long since departed, and I do not know where they ate, but I think they spent their last night at the night market.

 

 

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