I have already written about arriving in Hong Kong, but included only one photo.
Because arriving in Hong Kong by water is one of the reasons for choosing the cruise, I want to provide more photos.
I have arrived in Hong Kong many times by air, even at the old airport. Anyone not having had the pleasure of making the approach to Kai Tak should find the YouTube video of this exciting ride. This is far more scary than the boring approach to the new Hong Kong airport on Lantau Island or any other major airport in the world.
Of course, arriving by ship is much slower and provides a chance to view the topography, but also seems to go by in a flash. One is busy taking photos left, right, and center and marveling at contrasts. Ancient fishing villages cling to hillsides, as do tower apartment blocks, which house Hong Kong's worker bees. Through the morning mist, bank towers soon emerge.
We arrived in comfort from Haiphong after one day on smooth seas. I tried to imagine the joy of anyone arriving from England after months at sea or anyone having suffered through stormy seas and had feared for their lives. The sight of any land would be comforting, but expectation of dropping anchor in Hong Kong harbor must have been a special feeling. Sailors surely drooled in anticipation of wasting all their money on Wanchai's debauchery. Now, they would have to settle for Starbucks, MacDonalds, and KFC, plus the usual local spots.
Hong Kong skyline is one of the world's most interesting, particularly because it changes with each visit. Buildings spring up where once boats anchored, and old buildings are torn down to make way for more expensive floorspace.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.