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“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

19 students from classes VI to XI along with Mrs. Surekha Garde embarked on an international tour to Hong Kong from September 7, 2016 to September 10, 2016.

The group accompanied by Thomas Cook Manager Mr. Arif Shaikh took a Jet Airways flight at early hours of September 7 and reached Hong Kong and checked in Hotel Penta Kowloon.

After sumptuous lunch at an Indian restaurant, the children were taken to a city tour to visit Aberdeen fishing village, Repulse Bay and Victoria Peak.

The quaint and charming Aberdeen Fishing Village is not far from the hustle and bustle of the heart of Hong Kong, but seems like light-years away from it all, at first look. Here one sees rows of the old-fashioned junks and sampans, some house boats where the fishermen and their families still live, all going on their daily routines, which now include mobile phones and satellite dishes.

Children enjoyed a sampan ride and clicked pictures to capture this merger of the old with the modern.

Repulse Bay, located in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, is the most spectacular bay in the region. It is a luxurious residential area for dining, relaxation, and aquatic activities and a home to martial artist and actor-director Jackie Chan.

Victoria Peak was the most enjoyed site of the day. Commonly known as ‘The Peak’, it is a mountain in the western half of Hong Kong Island. It is a major tourist attraction that offers views over Central, Victoria Harbour, Lamma Island and the surrounding islands.

Day 2 on the plan was a full day tour to Ocean Park. After breakfast the group got on to their bus to visit this much waited amusement park.

Ocean Park is a marine mammal park, animal theme park and amusement park, situated in the Southern District of Hong Kong. Children enjoyed four roller coasters, and also animal exhibits with different themes, such as a giant panda habitat, rainforest and polar displays, as well as an aquarium featuring the world's largest aquarium dome. Dolphin Show became the attraction of the day.

Third day was also equally exciting as the group visited Disneyland. Amidst heavy rains and thunder storm, children explored seven themed areas of the Park such as Main Street U.S.A., Fantasy Land, Adventure land, Tomorrow Land, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land.

In the evening a parade "Flights of Fantasy", and a firework show "Disney in the Stars", stole the hearts of all present. Children took a bus ride to the hotel, sad to realize that the trip was coming to an end.

Last day, the children checked out from the hotel and spent few hours on the streets of Hong Kong to get the feel of the city. They took their return journey on Jet Airways with fond memories to cherish for life. Following quote sums up the essence of the travel seeds sown in these young minds.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

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