4 - June 12, 2006 - Star Ferry Scroll down for pix of Jordan and Central
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On Monday, June 12, Matt and I took the ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui over to Central. Note the small semi-circular channel in the lower right of the map. That's Hong Kong Harbor. The tip of the pennisula which juts south into the center of the channel is the "Tsim Sha Tsui" region of Hong Kong. Directly south is the financial district, or "Central". The ferry ride costs 2.20 Hong Kong Dollars, or about $0.30 U.S., and is touted as the cheapest ferry ride in the world.

Row 2 - column 2 is obviously a shot of the seating on the ferry. Row 2 - column 3 and row 3 - columns 2 & 3 are pictures looking back at Tsim Sha Tsui. All the others are photos of Central. The building with the funny roof (prominent in row 4 - columns 1 & 2) is the Hong Kong Exposition Center. The last photo in the group is the Chinese military barracks in the city. It was taken over from the British military in 1997 when the Bristish 99-year lease on the city expired.

5 - June 11 to 13, 2006 - Jordan and Central In the first row of photos you can see the sign for the Evergreen Hotel somewhere in the picture. It's in the "Jordan" region of Hong Kong, within walking distance north of Tsim Sha Tsui. You can see it's "busy" there with a little more local flavor than the more touristy Tsim Sha Tsui.

The pictures of Central start with the statue of Joe Finance Dude, and have some shots of the double-decker cable car. It's skinnier than the double-decker busses, and I didn't get a decent shot on my last trip. Then you can see one of the upper level covered walkways which are common in Central. The columned porticos are pretty obvious British influence

There's one night shot... that's Coral and Matt walking ahead of me. Then I took a few more photos of Kowloon Park. I didn't get too carried away, since I covered it pretty extensively on the last trip. The bird in the aviary was pretty unusual, though. The appendage above his beak is some kind of horn - for tooting!

There's a couple of shots on Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui (row 5 - columns 3 & 4). There's a building under construction in place of the Hyatte where Meg and I stayed last year. I took a photo of Jackie in the daytime. The last one, at night, had a lot of glare from the lights

The first 3 in the last row are from Tsing Yi. I've taken pictures of the Chinese graveyard before, but these are better. The last is an unusual-looking car outside my hotel.