sailing away

my last day in Hong Kong was yesterday. I had a day to kill before my incredibly late flight, and exceedingly sore feet from all that walking the day before.

My top tip for you if you are planning a trip with lots of sightseeing – wear decent walking shoes.

So anyway I needed a rest day yesterday, so after dropping my case at the in town check in – brilliant idea by the way, at central or Kowloon station, i put my hand luggage in left luggage and decided to spend the day sailing. Very easy on the feet.

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this is the boat. A very chinese looking craft, but with an engine 🙂

The trip was a sail to Stanley which used to be a British Garrison, a couple of hours there, and then a sail back. Easy, especially with these lovely loungers on board:

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plus a free drink for everybody.

here are some of the views:

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the fun fair, central district where we set off from.

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from a bit further, with Victoria peak in the background

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heavy shipping, which cause quite a bit of swell

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try and imagine how many people live in these buildings.

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or in these

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a quiet spot

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approaching Stanley

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a temple at Stanley, incense burning outside

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the view out from Stanley to our boat moored nearby

I had a super lunch here, at a place called the pickled pelican, which was a pub with a Chinese theme, and they had a really good menu, including pumpkin and quinoa salad with cranberries and goats cheese! perfect if you are coeliac like me.

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view from inside the pickled pelican

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inside the pickled pelican

So all in all, it was a good day. Just the rest day i needed. That would be my next top tip – always plan in a rest day. 🙂

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