Certainly by Divine provision and protection, Dragon Air brought us into Hong Kong early enough to escape the first winds of the Typhoon that brushed by Hong Kong that night. This time, we were left on the plane and told to wait, someone will come for you. I kept saying I could get down the stairs with the others and walk to the terminal – but again, “Wait.” Everybody left, even the pilots and flight attendants, and we waited.
Eventually, a bus drove out from the terminal, and the whole bus lifted up on a scissor lift to the door of the plane. It was a people transport with no seats, only grab poles, and entirely empty except for us. We were then escorted through customs to the front of the terminal where our tour buses waited to take us to the Shangra La Hotel downtown. Talk about VIP treatment Chinese style!
Our friends who flew in from Beijing later told us they had a turbulent flight and a scary landing in gusty winds.
We had a great time in China! It was also nice to be back in the familiar comfort of the luxurious Kowloon Shangra La Hotel, where we stayed three years ago.
Another note from the tour packager informed us, that to compensate for our “inconvenience” in being separated from the main group, he had arranged for us to have a room with a view of the harbor.
A notice under our room door advised us of the typhoon alert, and a storm watch center had been set up in the lobby. Some tours were canceled.
Betty and I chose to enjoy the storm from the luxury of the hotel, and lingered over a two hour lunch overlooking Hong Kong Harbor from the top floor restaurant. We were intrigued by small sampans and junks sharing the middle of the harbor with huge ocean liners and freighters. We thought it would be a captain’s nightmare to avoid hitting some tiny fishing boat. One sampan fisherman was going back and forth putting down a fishing net, then going back to pick it up. He had to get back to pick up the net before a passing ship went close by.
Our room faced the harbor, so we watched “the busiest harbor in the world” gradually empty until there was not a boat in sight!
Then we sat up late, thrilled by the midnight display of lightning and harbor lights as the storm passed at its peak!