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  • Lukas Studer
    Reise nach Hongkong 1d
    Traveled in 12 countries
  • Kira K.
    Tag 2 Hongkong - Big Buddha 2d
    Traveled in 6 countries
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    Hong Kong Fury 3d
    Traveled in 7 countries
  • Mirjam Musial
    Hongkong 5d
    Traveled in 5 countries

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  • Breakfast of champions at The Flying Pan,Soho.
    Hong Kong tennis open,Victoria park.
    Window shopping in Central.
    Drinks with a harbour view in Isolas,IFC.
    DimSum dinner at Michelin star restaurant -Tim Ho Wan.
    The last of Paul's Irish chocolate supply.
    Cocktails at the Ozone bar, the Ritz Carlton-worlds highest bar-118th floor!

  • After 2 days at sea we spent last night with a very rocky boat and upon waking this morning the Hong Kong port was closed. We sat out in open water for half of today before finally getting to the dock at around 5pm. By the time customs checks and port clearance were complete we only made the city at around 6pm.

    It's still very wet with another Typhoon inbound for the end of the week but we are exploring the city by night and enjoying an authentic mall with dumplings and lots of variety.

    We have to be back on the boat by midnight so it's a very busy evening ahead, it's so wet we didn't even take the nice camera with us

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  • February 22 and 23.
    I think that Hong Kong was the part of the trip that both Jeff and I were expecting to be one of the highlights of the whole cruise - it did not disappoint. Hong Kong is at once modern, ancient, pristine and grimy. The shear mass of humanity is impressive, but the demeanor of the masses is remarkably polite, considerate and helpful.
    The sail-in to the harbor was quite foggy, but it lent a bit of a mystical air to the morning.
    When we got off the ship, the port building itself dumped you right into Hong Kong in that it housed 300+ stores, 50 restaurants, etc. We quickly learned that much of Hong Kong is based of consumerism. We were stunned by the high-end shopping that was available. For example, there are 50 Chanel stores in Hong Kong, but there is one particularly favorite location. At that location, people will line up outside the store for hours for the privilege of shopping there. Also, the line outside the Apple store is unbelievable and it is like that whenever the store is open.
    Our approximately 40 hour visit seemed to break into sections. The first section was getting through the very cosmopolitan, high-end shopping district. We saw every high-end brand we’d ever heard of. After that, we took the 8 minute ferry ride to Hong Kong Island and began to wander up (Hong Kong goes from waterfront to hillsides), turning down any street that looked interesting. We got into a district called Soho, which was not unlike NewYork’s Soho in that it had a funky, young vibe with many art galleries and small restaurants.
    Our next adventure was to get a taxi to a market on the other side of Hong Kong island called Stanley Market. This was a fun shopping experience that was the polar opposite of what we had seen that morning. Silk bags for $1 and scarves for $8 were more our speed of shopping. Our taxi driver had taken us there through a tunnel, but suggested that we could take the double-decker public bus back for $1. It was a stunning ride up over the mountain and above the beach.
    We had planned to take a walking tour with a British guide that evening, but since it was pouring rain, we postponed it to the next day and had him drop us at his favorite restaurant. We proceeded to have food, which you would call “Chinese food” :-). It was a real treat, and since we were the only non-Asians there, we simply looked at the other diner’s plates and ordered based on that.
    The next day was a 7 hour walking tour (the 4 of us plus another couple we met on the ship). The British guide had lived in Hong Kong for 40 years and was a wealth of information. He discussed the daily lives of people in Hong Kong as compared to people in China. We learned about the heavy influence of Feng Shui in the placement of everything from small items in the house to skyscrapers. We were also surprised to learn the pervasive nature of numerology - there are no 4th(death), 14th, or 44th floors. And in business, nothing happens in April (the 4th month). You would never have a car license plate with a 4! However, you will see 8’s(wealth) everywhere! In any case, every number has a meaning.
    We were there during Chinese New Year, so our guide brought us to a non-denominational temple that was packed with people walking with lighted incense and kneeling with offerings of food and number sticks that they would shake and spill out, hoping for a lucky number for the new year. There were many statues and we rubbed so many bronze feet, noses and backs that I think we will have good luck forever.
    We finished up with our guide at a very traditional dim sum restaurant. There was a large lazy susan in the middle and things just kept appearing. About 75% of it was unidentifiable, but all pretty tasty. We might not want to know what it was - sometimes ignorance is bliss.
    We spent our last evening in Hong Kong by discovering what we all agreed what we thought was the definition of the city. Lots of locals eating at open-air, tiny restaurants with live seafood outside to choose, the night market, families gathering for meals at tables on the sidewalks and hundreds of lighted signs in Chinese characters. The tall apartment buildings were well-worn and displayed the universal sign of life - drying laundry hanging out the windows.
    I believe that Hong Kong has placed on my list of my top 5 favorite big cities. It had an exuberance and liveliness that left you wanting more.
    The first photo is the visit to the temple - the haze is incense.
    The second photo is what we felt was a typical street scene(it's true, McDonalds is everywhere).
    The third photo is the beautiful Hong Kong skyline at night as seen from our ship.
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  • The first thing I realised after arriving in hong kong was that I need to buy myself a new suitcase.. however I managed to find a direct bus for not even 3 pounds that dropped me off right at the front door :D This room may not look like much but for £30 for 2 nights in perfect location, with fridge, bathroom, wifi and aircon it's definitely a winner in my books! Only very briefly ventured out to grab some food as I was too tired to explore more but on my way back some dude apologised for stalking me but kept following me up to the lift to go to the hostel when he asked if it would be ok for him to come up with me.. urm no thanks o.O hopefully that's the only creep for my time here though as everyone else has been nice and helpful :) tomorrow I plan to do more touristy things.. If I get over this laziness!Read more

  • It's actually not a trek but emergency exit trail. Super difficult to find as there is no signs on how to get there. As usual good people helped me out.
    It's pretty steep at the beginning . More flat later on but demanding all the way. Not too busy. Good place to enjoy some solitude. It took me about 2h to get to the end. Still 256 steps to see giant Buda itself.

  • This was long anticipated and lived up to it's reputation as the commerce capital of the world. You could truly buy anything in Hong Kong and it seemed that during the Chinese New Year the many tourists from China were doing just that. We came in to a rather foggy day but it cleared a little during the day and we got to see the sights from the upper deck of the bus going from Stanley to the Central city. The public buses are $1 and have an upper deck that can be like a thrill ride as the driver zips around the turns of the winding roads going over the mountain. From the to you look down on the water below without the benefit of seeing the road or anything below you. It can be a little harrowing.
    The local markets have a lot of cheap stuff that is not just inexpensive but also cheap. The shopping malls on the other hand (of which we are told there are 48 "major" malls in the city) carry everything that has a name brand on it. The window displays show jewelry that have US$200,000 price tags. I am assuming that if you want to buy some of the things in the window that cost more then that and didn't have price tags you had to actually talk to a sales person. :-) The real estate is also quite expensive. The photo below is of a small apartment in the city of about 500 sq ft for a little over $833,000 US. Needless to say we didn't get the summer place we were thinking about when we went shopping. :-)
    Where all this money is coming from is amazing but they get almost as many tourists as the US does every year so it comes from somewhere.
    One night we took the subway to the area called the "night market". I suspect this is what people think of when they think of Hong Kong. It was busy and alive but most of the food hanging on racks in restaurants were unidentifiable to westerners and the general atmosphere said "seedy" although it seemed to be very safe as well. We walked the back alleys in some of the areas without too much concern. We were not brave enough to sit down for a dinner of chicken feet and duck tongue (or at least that is what we thought it was). :-)
    All in all a great two day stop. I have never seen as many people in one place as we did in the temple we went to on the last day of the New Years celebration. We went to one of the lower end areas where it was mainly public housing but the temple there got about 100,000 a day during the New Year so it was a pilgrimage of sorts for the Hong Kong people. It is a Buddist/Tao temple but is sort of non denominational in that just about al the religions come to pray/wish for good luck for the coming year . It was crowded and smoky but it was very interesting to just watch people. Plus we got to rub the foot of the statue for our year sign (I am a rat and Nancy is a dog) so we should have good luck all year. :-)
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  • Victoria Peak (太平山) with altitude of 552 m (1,811 ft) is the highest mountain on Hong Kong island. I went several times, at night and at day time, because the view is incredible and I love the hike up! It is short but super steep, and we managed to go up on New Year's Eve with my brother and dad in like 30min, so that we could be up there to see the beautiful fireworks all over Hong Kong Island! It was great!

    They have a nice Starbucks Cafe and Haegen Dasz, and lots of other touristy shops and cafes (even a Forrest Gump Shop & Restaurant) but mostly expensive of course, but it is worth to come here simply for the view!!
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  • I joined the dragonboat team right after my first training with them in Sai Kung. I was immediately passionate about the energy in this sport - it is recognizable in the coaches, the team members, and soon it also took over me! I loved this sport, the team, and the fighting spirit. We were a really strong girl's team, holding together like a family. Also the guy's team was great! I think every single member was so important, so special, and that is really something taking into account the huge size of our dragon boat team!!!

    Our training was mostly on the Shek Mun River, close to Fo Tan station. We trained Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the water, and had an amazing competition against the other dragon boat teams from different universities... it was crazy, intense, and so much fun!!!

    I will always remember this experience.
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  • Bleary eyed we rose in the pre-dawn darkness to tentatively eat a breakfast our still sleeping stomachs reluctantly accepted. Through the silent streets by taxi, we bade farewell to the humid heat and entered the bright and airy cocoon of airport controlled atmospheres, which would accompany us until we arrived in London.

    Daylight steadily motioned across the departure gate's glass panelling, illuminating our plane as we boarded. Nestling down into our seats we settled into the few hours it would take to cross back over the countries we had visited and land in Hong Kong to transfer planes.

    Both tired but not ready to sleep we watched with surprise as a man, seated across the aisle and donning what appeared to be liberated hotel slippers, broke into heavy snoring within one minute of takeoff. However his symphony did not last long before he was asked to change seats to accommodate the whims of a young girl who did not want a window seat after all.

    Entering the cavernous terminal at Hong Kong we changed the last of our remaining money to buy a picnic of Starbucks pie and muffin over brown napkins, the taste still lingering as we were called to board...
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  • Its an early morning as we say goodbye to Josh and Hugo in the morning and head to the airport to take advantage of the Cathay Pacific first class lounge.. definitely one of the best we've experienced all trip! An a la carte breakfast and self serve Moet bar means we are quite merry before we take off.
    We are back in business class again for our flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo so we continue to hit the booze and fancy food.. before u know it suki has passed out and next thing you know we are in Tokyo! Straight on the bullet train to Kyoto with our awesome Japan Rail Passes (thanks for the tip Pratty!) but not before experiencing some excellent customer service and friendliness from the attendant at Japan rail- people are sooo nice!

    Its late by the time we arrive in Tokyo so we grab some food from 7 11 and settle in for the night.. that was delicious too by the way! Its been a long travel day but loving Japan so far :-)
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