July 1, Monday. Today is a holiday in Hong Kong in
celebration of the handover. Jiang Zemin, General Secretary of the Chinese
Communist Party, spoke to the newly appointed assembly today. After 5 years
there is increasing awareness that the hardline Party continues to rule
this SAR area under a tight rein.
We caught the Victoria Peak tram up to
the top to capture the view and indulge in a great cup of coffee. When
fortified we took the circular walk in the park area around the peak. We
had views of Hong Kong as well as the southern part of the island,
Aberdeen, Lamma, Stanley.
We then walked down the Peak and continued our walk
westward through Hollywood Road, Central Market and toward Bonham Strand where
we sat for some refreshment before moving on toward the harbor.
toward the ferry terminal buildings, we took time to check out the latest Pelli building under construction. Not only will it be the tallest building in
Hong Kong, the base of the building will extend for several blocks overlooking
the ferry terminals and waterway.
In order to catch the fireworks from our balcony, we had an early dinner at
Sichuan Garden which is just a few blocks from our hotel. Later we toasted
the anniversary of the handover while watching the spectacular fireworks from
On July 2nd we went to