My first 24hrs of freedom has passed by in a complete whirlwind! I had been invited to the exclusive Hong Kong Club in Central by a previous clients, parent-in-laws. Small world! I took the bus to Kennedy Town and then the MTR to Central which spits you right out in the banking world and shops like Prada.
The weather was amazing; typical british summer weather, so I was wearing a summer dress (there was also a dress code for where I was going). Amusingly, though, I seemed to be the only one thinking it was hot. There were people bundled up, with padded jackets and even scarves. Long coats and tights were the norm and there was me with bare legs and flip flops!
The Hong Kong Club is by Statue Square, which has a collection of fountains and shady seating areas, and is beside this beautiful old building (c 1912)
It was the seat of the Legislative Council from 1985 – 2012 and the headquaters of the Gendermarie, during WWII, where many people were executed. Across the way, directly in front of the club is the Cenotaph, which was built in 1923 as a memorial to Hong Kong residents killed during the two world wars.
Upon entering the HK Club, there is a sign saying phones to be turned off. Still there were people that didn’t read the signs and had to be (respectfully) told off. I was met by May and taken upstairs to the Garden Lounge, which was serving a buffet lunch and looked out onto the surrounding hills and skyscrapers. The Hong Kong Club was established in 1846 with members including government officials and the heads of trading firms, and was known simply as “The Club.” It’s very English.
Lunch was done and then I had plans to get to Tung Chung, which is on one of the Outlying Islands called Lantau. This is Hong Kong’s largest island. The MTR took me across the water and it was a clear visability day and I could finally appreciate just how many islands there are. I met Jasmine, after an amusing mix up over which entrance to meet at, got changed and then we went to pick up my bike that was reserved for me. From the back of a truck. On the side of the road…
Jasmine had planned for us to cycle to Disneyland. I had no idea there was a HK Disneyland. She had biked there the day before and it’s a fairly level 15k along the main highway.
Huge amounts of constructon were along the way, as they are building a bridge. I have to say, traffic cones, construction and scaffolding are my main impressions of Hong Kong, much like Dubai. They are constantly building.
We finally arrived at the entrance of Disneyland and cycled through the alleyway with Disney songs on loud speakers. I knew them all, obviously. Hey, it’s my job to!
And then ended up on the pier looking back out to Hong Kong Island.
After a quick photo opportunity, we then cycled back down the alley of disney songs to have a peek at the entrance and marvel over Mickey Mouse surfing a whale spout.
As it was a week day, it was very quiet and we decided to cycle back via Inspiration Lake and Sunny Bay.
We did about 30-35k in total and it was good to be back on the saddle again. I got back to Kennedy Town by 7 and decided to find a spot to eat as I was starving. I ended up in the Shoreditch with an urge for steak and wine. There are many restaurants of different nationalities in Kennedy Town, but I was too hungry to think, so took the first one I found and shared a glass of vino with the Nanny who was leaving the next day. Really quite a hectic day, but I got to see a lot and also get the lay of the land for my next day of freedom 😉