This was part of our November, 2014 quick trip to Hong Kong. The other parts of the trip are: Flying the American Air 777-300ER, Saturday Special: Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, and The Single Best Hotel Amenity.
Our quick whirlwind trip to Hong Kong in the amount of time that American gives their crews to restup for the return trip centered around visiting friends who live in Aberdeen. To be more specific, they live on their boat, in Aberdeen.
On the way out, we took the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Admiralty, which was the next stop.
From there it was out to the C2 exit (you first walk out of the MTR station going for the “C” exit, then once you’ve gotten there, you see a few further steps up to street level, which denote whether it is “C1”, “C2” etc. From there we took the 70 bus across to Aberdeen, and got off at Stop 7; 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road after Nam Long Shan Road; here’s where we got a bit lost, because we ended up making a right turn too early. Luckily we had our mobile phone from the Regency Hyatt Tsim Sha Tsui with google maps that got us on our way.
We wandered a bit, because we had time, but when it was time to take the sam pen, we found one who’s captain had a first mate – a poodle-looking dog named Chocolate. I’m sorry to say that we didn’t get a photo, but Chocolate was awfully playful. It was a short ride to our friends boat.
I think it is an interesting perspective, here are what looked to be maybe a hundred boats of varying sizes, and most of them are “weekend boats,” meaning, folks have these big cabin cruisers, and just take them out on the weekends. A subset of these boats were lived aboard full time. As you will see in the photos, there is a wide variety of boats, from junks to sea rays (or equivalents), to full out custom yachts.
We ended up barbequing on ours friends’ boat, which was wonderful. After a few hours though, it was time to go. Once again on the sam pen (a pretty cool way to go if ever there was one).
Getting back to the Regency Hyatt TST
We chose to take a different route back. It was starting to get late, and we were tired (maybe even a bit jetlagged), so we went to the Aberdeen Boat Club and grabbed a taxi back to the hotel, even with tolls and traffic it cost a grand total of 140 HKD (divide that by ~7.7 to get USD). In my mind, I think of 100 HKD as about $13 US, so I was happy to pay the premium for door to door service.