Monday 24 December 2012

Hong Kong Anniversary Trip

The big K and I just came from Hong Kong on our yearly anniversary treat, which by the way is still a month away. Too early to celebrate, you say. Well, if you're in a profession that does not afford you a regular working schedule you learn to make plans quickly on your free days. This month the big K had four straight days free! Bags packed, we were off on another adventure! Either that or wait for next month's work schedule. Plus there was that matter of the "end of the world".

We love going to Hong Kong in December. The Christmas lights and decorations are all up. Weather is just right, comfortably cool to walk around.
We always take the Airport Express Line train from the airport to the city. It's a bit more expensive compared to taking the bus but it's a whole lot faster and convenient. The complimentary shuttle bus from the train station drops us off a few feet from our favorite hotel.
The Mira Hotel, formerly the Miramar Hotel, along Nathan Road in Tsimshatsui (TST).
The Mira's Christmas color motif this year is silver and blue. Last year's was silver and purple.
We always book the Club Room for the personalized service and privileges we get. Plus buffet breakfast, cocktails and all day use of the Club Lounge is FREE! This trip we got lucky as they had an ongoing promo of book three consecutive nights and pay two nights only. Pretty good deal! 
The king-sized bed and pillows are very comfy. And for some modesty in the bathroom, there are electric privacy blinds that come down. 
We don't bother bringing basic toiletries since the hotel provides them. And they are replenished every day even the toothbrush and shaver!
First thing we do as soon as we drop our bags off: visit our favorite bakeshop! Guess what's inside? 
Egg tarts and pork pies! They are so good!
Art work at the entrance to the Central-Mid-levels escalators. 
This is our nth visit to Hong Kong but our first time to visit the Central-Mid-level escalators. These series of escalators is the longest outdoor covered escalator/walkalator in the world.   
Inside the escalators. Notice it only goes one way.
Wonderful old building along the escalators.
Quite a hike going back down to Central.
There are walking tour markers on the sidewalks of Hong Kong that you can follow.
One of several pubs and bars in Central.
I-Square's Ferrero Rocher Christmas tree.
1881 Heritage's Christmas decoration this year.
Symphony of Lights at the Hong Kong Harbour.
Even late at night there are still a lot of Christmas shoppers.
We found these waiting for us when we got back to our room. Just one of the reasons we keep coming back to the Mira!

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