Hong Kong
KCR Clock Tower

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  • Day48

    Hong Kong

    June 20, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    After a week in Hong Kong we had lots of memories and tons of photos. We ate dim sum, explored the city, ate dim sum, explored the beaches, ate dim sum, watched the Dragon Boat races, ate dim sum... what else... did I mention eating dim sum?Read more

  • Day70

    Hong Kong, China

    February 22, 2015 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    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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  • Day4

    Tsim Sha Tsui

    September 2, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Wieder zurück in Hong Kong gehts für uns weiter in den Stadtteil Tsim Sha Tsui. Dort angekommen haben wir noch ca 1 Stunde Zeit bis die Lichshow "Sympfony of Lights" beginnt. Diese nutzen wir um an der Promenade entlangzuschlendern und die Aussicht auf die gegenüberliegende Skyline zu genießen. Nach der Show machen wir uns auf den Rückweg zum Hotel und essen unterwegs in Soho Dim Sum bei "Ding Dim 68" zu Abend. Anschließend noch die Koffer packen, denn morgen Mittag geht es weiter nach Bali.Read more

  • Day26

    E' l'ora dello Star Ferry

    August 29, 2015 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Verso l'ora di pranzo ci dirigiamo verso il molo per attraversare la baia sullo Star Ferry ed andare verso i "nuovi territori". Il traghetto è vecchissimo, in funzione dall'800, ed impiega 9 minuti per compiere il suo tragitto.Read more

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