Travel Log: Hong Kong in June

Hello from Hong Kong!  I arrived in the city Monday evening after a thirteen hour flight from Vancouver (plus a little express hop from Seattle to Vancouver), and jumped right into work Tuesday morning.  My office and hotel are in the Wan Chai District, which is a great central location with lots of shops and restaurants.  Jet lag has been a little tough, but I should be fully adjusted by tomorrow.  

Today (Wednesday) was a public holiday called Duanwu Jie (端午節), the Dragon Boat Festival.  My coworker and I decided to go check out the dragon boat races in the southern part of Hong Kong Island called Stanley--only a 30ish minute ride on an express bus from Wan Chai.  We read that there were supposed to be 30,000 people down in Stanley watching the races - so you can imagine how crowded it was!  We watched several of the dragon boat races at Stanley Beach, walked through Stanley Market, and had lunch along Stanley Promenade.  Lucky for us, we picked a place for lunch and sat down inside about 5 minutes before it started pouring rain.  By the time we finished lunch, the rain had stopped and we went on our way!  Tropical weather is so unpredictable.  =)

Check out my photos from today's adventures.  This first one shows teams getting ready for one of the races at Stanley Beach.

Battling for first place - this race was narrowing down the finalists.

The middle boat with the bright green shirts was the winner!

 The view from Stanley Promenade, on the opposite side as Stanley Beach where the races were held.

This is a really cute mural that I saw on the side of a building from the bus!  Queen Victoria Street is in the Central District where there are shopping malls and luxury stores galore!

Another lovely mural next to the Shanghai Bank building - it was too cute not to take a photo!

I hope you enjoyed this little snapshot of Hong Kong!  I'm here until Sunday afternoon, so there will be more to come of my adventures in the city.  Thanks so much for reading!

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