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Kowloon City

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  • Day8

    Mac-wow

    October 4, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    Today's plan was to visit the island of Macau, the biggest gambling centre by value in the world, so I shouldn't have been surprised when my gamble of leaving after 10am didn't fully pay off. First of all we had ridden two MTR lines and were heading for the ferry terminal when I remembered that because Macau is technically a different territory to Hong Kong, we would need our passports. Guess where those were. Yep, safely locked away in our hotel room. Good news is I got to enjoy another two Star ferry rides, two taxi rides and a run up to the hotel and back to fetch them.

    Secondly, I did know that this week is Golden Week, the Chinese national day celebration, and had planned accordingly for it in Shanghai. However, because of the ongoing protests in HK Chinese tourists have been avoiding here and going elsewhere. Guess where it seems they have all headed instead? Macau! I have never in my life seen such unrelenting swarms of tourists!

    We had ridden the Cotai Water Jet express ferry the hour to Macau then jumped on one of the free casino buses to get to the Cotai Strip, the local equivalent of the Vegas strip. So far so good, but the minute we stepped foot in the Venetian Hotel and Casino we knew we had entered another dimension. Chinese tourists by the thousand packed every inch of the facility. They were even sitting on the floors against the walls eating their lunches. It slightly detracted from the grandeur and opulence of these temples to extravagance. The Parisian and the Venetian, the two casinos we visited, were even bigger than their namesakes in Las Vegas, which was mind blowing, but even they weren't big enough to hold this human king tide. This amount of tourist overload slammed the brakes on my plans to tour the sights of Macau literally, as traffic was worse than I have seen anywhere. I decided to pull the pin on this ill-timed excursion and we caught the fast ferry back to Hong Kong island.

    Exiting the Macau ferry terminal we headed for the mall that would lead us to the Star Ferry only to find it blocked off. Heading back out onto the street it became obvious what was causing the closure. One side of the road was completely blocked by thousands of marching protesters. At this point they were all peaceful, so I hope it remained that way.

    Eventually we crossed the harbour and concluded a less than perfect day, with a near perfect feed at the Cheescake factory. Day over.
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    Vivien Maloney

    Well at least you managed to avoid the protesters and came out of it all, older but wiser Terry!

    10/4/19Reply
    Cathy Middleton

    You are the best tour guide Terry, loving it.

    10/5/19Reply
     
  • Day22

    Shopping ready / needs another suitcase

    September 10, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    So genug gekauft. Ein neuer Koffer muss her 😄
    Haben uns Einkaufszentren ausgesucht außerhalb der City und weit weg von der Nathan Road. Zu empfehlen finden wir zum Beispiel:https://www.festivalwalk.com.hk/Read more

    Nicola Schmiedler

    Gut siehst aus

    9/12/19Reply
    Nicola Schmiedler

    🤣😂🤣😂

    9/12/19Reply
    Nicola Schmiedler

    Der lieblingsladen 👍

    9/12/19Reply
    Marianne Berger

    HALLÖLI ihr lieben ich finde es sehr spannend. 😉Aber der Koffer ist wohl etwas zu klein da passt ja mein Mitbringsel nicht rein🤩👋

    9/12/19Reply
     
  • Day37

    That's it folks!

    November 17, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Our last day has been a funny old day. Our flight leaves HK tonight at half past midnight that’s half past four UK time and we had to check out of our room by midday.
    The temperature today has been in the early thirties so once we had packed we wandered into town for a leisurely lunch and a final look round. There are any number of upmarket shopping malls in HK most of them occupied by the likes of Armani, Gucci, Rolex talk about Crazy Rich Asians!
    Came back to the hotel mid afternoon and we still had access to the swimming pool and an area set aside for guests like us leaving late in the day.
    It was whilst looking out from the ninth floor where the outdoor pool is that we saw the protesters for the first time. A couple oh helicopters had been circling for some time and then we saw the protesters were gathering by the bridge near the Polytechnic which is close to our hotel. Soon the riot police arrived in force and there was a stand off with protesters one end and police the other. The protesters had thrown bricks all over the road to prevent vehicles passing. Soon petrol bombs were being thrown and tear gas in retaliation by the police. As it stands that is all so far. Jane was talking to a lady whilst getting changed who got caught up with it and is suffering from the effects of tear gas. We shall be making our way to the airport sooner than we would normally do!
    So an eventful end to a marvellous holiday. We have enjoyed every moment and would do it all again in a heartbeat. We have been very lucky with the weather particularly in New Zealand where we were prepared for the worst. We have eaten well, enjoyed some excellent wines and met some interesting people along the way. We have stayed in fifteen different hotels and B&B’s, will have had ten flights and flown over 23,000 miles by the time we return home.
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  • Day35

    Harbour to Harbour

    November 15, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Following a brilliant five days in Sydney we were up at 5:30 to catch our 8:50 Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong. Generally checking in and going through customs is very slick these days but not with Cathay. There was a long queue in their area despite the fact we had checked in online. It took an hour from arriving at the airport to eventually getting through customs! The flight itself was fine nearly nine hours and we were met at the airport and driven to our hotel. The traffic in HK is quite unbelievable not a city I have any desire to drive in!
    We are staying on the Kowloon side within walking distance of the harbour and the hotel is very comfortable and very modern.
    Obviously we are a bit concerned about the recent troubles here but so far all we have seen is graffiti stating the desire for democracy.
    Once we were unpacked we took the hotel’s courtesy bus but fairly quickly realised it would be quicker to walk. We had booked cocktails and canapés at Aqua a restaurant and bar overlooking the harbour and at a time when we could watch the daily laser light show from the high rise buildings on the harbour side. It really is a great show coupled with the Christmas lights that are of course in place.
    Aqua is quite close to the Peninsula Hotel, the hotel in HK and adjacent to it are huge shops from the biggest up market names in retail, HK and its people and its Asian tourists clearly are not short of a bob or two!
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    daphne wadsley

    Most spectacular ! What a holiday you have had ! Daph

    11/16/19Reply
     
  • Day20

    Letzte Blicke auf Hongkong

    November 12, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Nun sitzen wir im Bus zum Flughafen und bald verlassen wir China und Hongkong. Eine schöne Reise geht zu Ende. Ab jetzt kommt nur noch der Stress bis man wieder zuhause ist.
    Mind. 3 Stunden warten am Flughafen. 12 Stunden nach FRA und dann warten und noch eine Stunde Flug. Dann noch 1 Stunde mit dem Auto. Das wird sicher anstrengend. Leider schmerzt meine Schulter wieder. 🙄Read more

  • Day19

    Letztes Abendessen im Grand Harbour Hote

    November 11, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Eigentlich wäre das unser Hotel gewesen.
    Wir haben kurzer Hand beschlossen das Abendessen in der RooftopBar einzunehmen.
    Ein Pianospieler hat für Unterhalts g gesorgt und der Ausblick aus dem 41. Stock ist beeindruckend.
    So gab es lecker Speisen für uns, und ein Gläschen Weiswein.😋
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  • Day18

    Good morning Hongkong

    November 10, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Der erste Morgen in Hongkong und gleichzeitig die letzte Übernachtung im offiziellen Reiseprogramm. Nach der Citytour ist das Programm beendet und ein grossteil der Gruppe fliegt am Abend zurück.
    Wir haben noch 2 Nächte verlängert.
    Der Blick aus dem Hotelzimmer in der 18. Etage ist beeindruckend und ich hatte wohl noch nie so viele Nachbarn 😂
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  • Day3

    2. Tag in Hong Kong (Teil 1)

    November 6, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Nach dem wir uns das mega Deluxe Frühstück im Hotel gegönnt haben, ging es los!
    An der Hung Hom Promenade entlang über die Ave. of Stars (da haben wir das Schweinchen getroffen) ging es kurz in die K11 Shopping Mall. Kaufen wollten wir nix, aber das bestaunen der Architektur dieser Mall war sehr spannend.
    Nach der Abkühlung in der Mall watschelten wir weiter zum Star Ferry Pier und zum schönen Clock Tower.
    Mit dem Schiff fuhren wir auf die Hong Kong Island.
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  • Day3

    Schock in Kowloon

    October 20, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Als wir am Abend von unserem schönen Ausflug zurück kehrten sahen wir die Realität von der momentanen Situation in Hongkong. Proteste hinderten uns ins Hotel zurück zu kehren, über Hinterstrassen schafften wir es doch noch gesund anzukommen. Als wir nach einer Dusche das Nachtleben nochmals geniessen wollten wahren die Strassen leer, die Geschäfte und Restaurants geschlossen. Nun freuen wir uns morgen Abend den Flug nach Sydney in angriff zu nehmen. 🦘🦘Read more

  • Day3

    Besuch auf Hongkong Island

    October 20, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Heute besuchten wir Hongkong Island. Wir fuhren mit der Fähre zum Center. Durch das gut besuchte Bankenviertel kämpften wir uns zur Station des Peak Trams ( es steils Gurtebähndli). Die Aussicht von dort oben auf die Stadt, kann man nicht in Worte fassen. Einfach grandios! Wir genossen einen tollen Tag auf diesem Berg! Bevor wir die Fähre zurück nahmen machten wir noch eine Tram fahrt 😊 das war auch ein Erlebnis.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Kowloon City, مقاطعة مدينة كولون, Kowloon City barrutia, Kiú-liùng-sàng-khî, קאולון סיטי, Distretto di Kowloon City, 九龍城区, 주룽청 구, Kiú-liông-siâⁿ-khu, Kowloon City District, Kowloon-distriktet, Коулун-Сити, கவுலூன் நகர மாவட்டம், Cửu Long Thành, 九龍城區

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