Day Four, and we moved from HK Island to Kowloon on the mainland side of the harbour. Partly a convenience so we could visit some locations more easily on the Kowloon side, and partly for a different perspective and views.
We needed to check out of HK by noon, but the Kowloon room wasn’t available till 2pm, so to fill some time in the morning we visited the nearby Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences. Some interesting insights into ancient plagues and the control of modern day viral epidemics.
Then over the harbour to check in to The Kowloon Hotel, and explore the Kowloon waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui. I’ve included a photo of the ‘partial harbour view’ from our room at the hotel, so you can understand how disappointed we were with it – especially so, given that it was twice the price of the Ibis Hotel mentioned in earlier posts.
But quickly forgotten in the evening, when we had one of the most memorable experiences of the whole trip – early evening drinks at the highest bar in the world, the 118th floor Ozone Bar at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, a hotel which occupies all of the highest floors in the International Commerce Centre, itself the highest building in all of Hong Kong. Walking through the ICC Mall to the Ritz Carlton Reception and lifts, we were treated like royalty by the staff. Yes, drinks may be a little more expensive here than elsewhere, but not excessively so given the amazing overhead views of all of Hong Kong and Kowloon’s skyscrapers (the alternative would be paid admission to the Sky 100 terrace, at a mere 100 floors high, but without the drinks, bowl of nuts, or music from a house DJ). Definitely one for everyone’s bucket list!
We followed this by the ‘Symphony of Lights‘ show in the harbour, a nightly event at 8pm, with all the significant buildings on both sides of the harbour taking part in a short light and sound display. The audio commentary can be heard over a PA system on Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, or can be picked up on FM 103.4 MHz if you’re using another vantage point.