Subject: Re: Hong Kong and Sydney...suggestions?

Sorry to be so long in responding. I have never been to Sydney, but have been to Hong Kong twice. It is a very tourist friendly city. The obvious answer to what you can do by yourself is SHOPPING. Although the deals are not what they used to be, there are still plenty of places to shop. I would avoid the mega mall setting of the office buildings along Canton Road on Kowloon, but highly recommend a morning or afternoon at Stanley Market and in Central on Victoria Island.

I would save Victoria Peak for you and your husband to see together. The tram ride is fun, and the view of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon from the peak is spectacular. Unfortunately, what used to be just a nice little park has been transformed into an arcade with games, shops and restaurants. Even so, it is worth the visit. You can ride the tram up and take a taxi down if you like.

The bird and flower markets on Kowloon are typical Hong Kong, and are easily accessible by subway. The subway system is easy to use, and inexpensive. The fastest, easiest and cheapest way from Victoria Island to Kowloon is still the Star Ferry, and is not to be missed.

Visit Kowloon Park early in the morning to watch the older generation practice Tai Chi. The park itself is worth the visit.

Tea at the Regent is a relaxing way to watch the various boats pass by in Victoria Harbour.

If you have particular interests, feel free to e-mail me on the list or privately. I will try to answer your questions.

Lisa in Chicago