|Thanks to Jocelyn for getting some pics for me as l'm not|
very mobile right now.
|Heading home from the chiropractors|
I went for my first train excursion this week. Some of the ladies from the church invited me to go with them out to Sai Kung to visit a plant nursery, but l had to get to Festival Walk and take a train to Tai Po and then meet one of the woman at Starbucks in the station, where we would meet the other woman and go in their car. Do you see how nothing is simple here. Thanks goodness Jocelyn came with me! I could have taken a taxi all the way to Tai Po but it would have cost almost $200 HK. I actually kind of enjoy the trains but the stations are confusing until you've done it some. You need to know which direction you want to go and make sure you're not going in the opposite way and when the station is an interchange one there are many ways to go!! The KCR is the Kowloon-Canton Railway and has two lines. I think this is the one we took out to Ryan's when he lived in the New Territories. They are fairly cheap and fast, but you'd better get on and off fast to or you'll be left behind! The MTR Mass Transit Railway is the the underground and costs more than the KCR. The octopus card is the best thing to use for the transit systems. When you pass through the turnstile, the card is encoded with the station identification and time. At the other end, the exit turnstile reads where you came from, the time you bought the ticket and how much you paid. If you don't have enough $ on your card it will let you through and then you have to go to the counter to make up the difference. You use your Octopus card for lots of things like buses, trains, ferry, pop, food, some restaurants.The other day l was buying groceries and l didn't have the correct change, so l paid the large portion with cash and the rest with Octopus.(at the clerks suggestion) You just plunk your wallet or purse on the pad and it reads it and tells you how much $ is left on the card. I have a key chain on my purse, and you can get them in watches too.
TST to catch the Star Ferry over to the island.
There are about a million buses here. Most of the big ones are double decker's, and how they wheel them around some of the tight traffic and narrow winding roads is amazing to see. It's fun to sit up top right at the front, especially on the narrow mountain roads. The other day Jocelyn and l took one to the ferry terminal to go over to the island, and it was really packed at 8:30 in the morning. It's cheaper than a taxi, and if you're bored you can watch the tv screens they have. Not much on them though. The buses going to the airport have luggage racks in them so that is convenient. Then there are the mini buses. They are interesting to ride in. They only take 16 people and if there are two of you wanting on and there is only one seat left you are out of luck. There are two types. Red and Green again. Red buses have no bells to ring when you want to get off so you have to tell him when, and of course they don't speak English!! You need to yell Lay-do m-goi. (here please) They have no designated stops and you flag them down wherever. I haven't taken a red bus yet because its pretty Chinese and the fare is sort of iffy and can change if its raining. The green ones are more stable and have designated routes and stops. You can also use your octopus card or change but it has to be the correct amount.
|Star Ferry - neat old boats!|
|Coming from HK Island to Kowloon side|