July 3, Wed. We spent the morning exploring the
Midlevels which is the area that runs half way up to Victoria Peak and is one of
the more desirable residential areas of the island. The Midlevels escalator
connects Central Market to the these upper regions so that residents and
tourists can move easily up and down the hill. From this area Hong Kong
University, the Botanical Gardens and numerous neighborhood restaurants are
Next we rode the underground train to Wanchai. We were
doing a repeat visit to the Red Pepper restaurant that we had enjoyed so much on
our initial trip to the city. We arrived early so we spent time wandering
the open markets in the narrow streets and the major shopping areas.
After lunch Jon wanted to see the raceway located nearby
so we walked over to the Jockey Club and strolled in. The grounds of the
Happy Valley Racetrack are so large that it is difficult to see the track at the
ground level. The stadium and the residential apartment towers surrounding
the area have the best views of the course. In addition to the track is a
football (soccer) field used by the respective men and women soccer clubs.
That evening we planned to meet and have dinner one of
colleagues living in Hong Kong. He and his wife were to meet us in Stanley, on
the south side of the island. We cabbed over and had some time to poke
around Stanley Market, the renovated Police Station and the new housing complex
before they arrived.
July 4th, we went to