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  • Day4

    Ding Ding to The Peak

    November 27, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    We caught the Ding Ding this morning, the double deck narrow gauge tram that runs past the front of our hotel, then walked to the lower station of the Peak Tram, the funicular up to Victoria Peak.

    Victoria Peak is where the classic photos of Hong Kong are taken, and the crowds were indicative of its popularity. Most people take some photos at the peak, do some shopping, then go back down, but we did the 90 minute walk around the Peak Track, a 3km circumnavigation of the peak. We got some great views of the docks and outlying areas on a very quiet (and pleasantly flat) track.

    Atfer a spot of lunch, and a rainbow cheese toastie for KT, we caught the funicular back down and walked to the underground station via Hong Kong Park, and visited the world's most expensive tree - a bit like the Burnside gum, this banyan tree was preserved when the area was redeveloped, at an estimated cost of A$4 million.

    During our walks we have been surprised by the lack of cars on the road (but the trains and trams are packed!), and the cars are either taxis or luxury vehicles. DC decided to count the Tesla's today and got to 24! (turns out HK had very attractive rebates for electric vehicles and sold 2900 in one month before the rebates were removed. By comparison, Australia sold 1400 for the whole year)

    The rain started again mid afternoon, so we ate locally at the Queen Street Cooked Food Market again for tea - highlight this time was the crispy pork in scrambled egg!
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  • Day10

    The Peak und der Hongkong Park (1)

    February 13 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Und wieder mussten wir Schlange stehen um irgendeinen Berg hoch zu fahren. Aber das kennen wir ja mittlerweile schon. Ca. eine Stunde später und 90 $ ärmer standen wir dann endlich im Peak Tram. Die Fahrt war relativ kurz aber es ging ganz schön steil hoch. Da wir stehen mussten, mussten wir uns ganz schön festhalten. Aber auch hier war es der Weg wert. Oben a gekommen mussten wir noch 6 Rolltreppen hoch bis wir endlich auf der Terasse angekommen waren. Auch diesmal war das Wetter nicht ganz auf unserer Seite, aber die Aussicht war trotzdem atemberaubend schön.

    Die Pizza, die wir uns danach bestellt haben war auch dementsprechend teuer.. aber man hat halt die Aussicht mitbezahlt. Zum Nachtisch gab es noch eine Eierwaffel, die wir dann in der Schlange zum Tram gegessen haben. Dort ist uns mal wieder aufgefallen, wie schlimm die Sonne für Asiaten sein muss. Jacken, Flyer und Regenschirme (wohl eher Sonnenschirme..) wurden benutzt, so dass ja kein Sonnenstrahl die Haut berührte während wir dankbar für jeden einzelnen Strahl waren.

    Zurück konnten wir dann auch sitzen und mussten uns nicht bei der steihlen Abfahrt irgendwo festklammern. Direkt neben der Station ist der Hongkong Park. Da wir nicht ganz wussten, was uns dort erwarten würde, sind wir einfach mal gucken gegangen. Es war schon relativ spät, es muss so gegen halb 5 gewesen sein, als wir eine große Vogelvoliere fanden. Man konnte dort durchlaufen und ein paar, für uns exotische, Vögel beobachten. Viele hatten große und dicke Kameras dabei, um möglichst nah an die Tiere heran zu zoomen während wir mit unseren Handys ein Paar Vögel geknipst haben. Kurze Zeit später wurden wir höflich darauf aufmerksam gemacht, dass die Voliere schließt und so haben wir uns dann auf den Heimweg gemacht. Da wir komplett den Überblick verloren hatten, sind wir noch etwas durch den Park geirrt, haben 2 extra angelegte Teiche mit Schildkröten und Fischen gefunden bevor wir dann irgendwann den Ausgang gefunden haben. Wir hatten noch lange nicht alles vom Park gesehen, wussten also, dass wir nochmal vorbei schauen müssten.
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  • Day2

    Hongkong

    February 6 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    2. Tag
    Heute war Sightseeing-Tag. Wir waren auf dem Peak und haben dafür natürlich die Peak-Tram genutzt. Ein ziemlich zweischneidiges Schwert: wenn du vor 9.00 Uhr an der Tramstation bist, ist die Sicht oben auf dem Berg gleich Null. Wenn du um 11.00 Uhr hochfahren willst, weil dann gute Sicht auf die Stadt ist, wartest du entspannte zwei Stunden in der Schlange für's Ticket.
    Dann mussten wir natürlich noch mit der längsten Rolltreppe der Welt fahren. Hört sich spannender an als es war.
    Um 20.00 Uhr ging dann das Neujahrsfeuerwerk los bei dem wir natürlich nicht fehlen durften.
    Morgen mehr.
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  • Day3

    Victoria Peak - HK von oben

    January 4, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Mit der Peak Tram (einer Standseilbahn) ging es heute für uns weit nach oben - nach dem „Überblick“ wanderten wir noch einmal um den Gipfel herum, um alle Seiten von HK zu erkunden ☝🏼 Abends gab es die end-Laser Lichtershow mit poppigem Technosound … Nach Bohnenpudding und Matchaeis ab ins Bett!

  • Day122

    Hong Kong - Victoria Peak

    October 4, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Hong Kong is a great city with shopping streets, skyscrapers and a lot of people on the one hand but also nature without any other people on the other side. We saw both sides of Hong Kong today and especially the view from Victoria Peak to downtown Hong Kong was amazing.

    Hong Kong ist auf der einen Seite eine Metropole mit Einkaufsstraßen, Wolkenkratzern und Millionen von Menschen. Auf der anderen Seite ist man mit der U-Bahn allerdings auch innerhalb von wenigen Minuten in der Natur. Wir haben heute beide extreme gesehen und sind begeistert von Hong Kong. Vor allem der Blick vom Victoria Peak auf Central Hong Kong ist wirklich beeindruckend.Read more

  • Day4

    Xiamen

    November 28, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Hello from the coastal city of Xiamen.

    We had a very pleasant day Sunday with Maria’s folks walking around the Olympic Site and visiting the Llama temple. On our previous visit we had stopped only for a quick photo of the birdnest stadium in the rain during a jammed packed tour day so it was nice to see it in more detail. Lots of lovely public art. Also lots of new building happening for the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics. Poor Maria was done being a translator by the end of the day. Admittedly, it’s very hard to even begin to know people if you can’t communicate. Maria’s Dad had lots of questions about my Mom’s place, and who’s was paying and what she is doing etc. Maria’s Mom has decided that we should move to Beijing because it’s much cheaper to live. She offered me a key to one of their flats. Very generous people indeed. However, in addition to many major reasons for not moving to China, the main day-to-day barriers for me would be a lack of good, affordable coffee and ditto for white wine.

    We left Beijing on Monday morning bright and early. That is everything left Beijing except for my iPad which I left in the security area which was beyond busy. We were checked, ID etc at least 3 Times. Fortunately, a friend of Maria picked it up yesterday on his way through to Vancouver and we’ll recover it there from him. There is security and checks everywhere here and we were reminded by Maria that we must have Passports on us at all times. We don’t normally think about it. The Chinese have ID cards that they use for everything.

    We are in another great hotel here in Xiamen in what seems to be a kind of expat district in this city. Nice lowers profile city and We have a beautiful view across the river to the main city. There is a Starbucks next door where we found decent coffee. Xiamen is a port city across the strait from Taiwan. There are essentially 2 islands- the larger one with the city and the smaller one was a British Treaty Port from 1842to 1912. Today we took the ferry to this smaller, car-free island called Golangyu. We put on lots of miles steps wandering around the island which is now a UNESCO site because of the many old colonial buildings. We visited a lovely small piano museum which had amongst the collection a Chickering piano - the same brand as mine! The island became a unique hub for pianists because of the large number of pianos brought to the area by the Brits. A number of world famous Chinese pianists came from the area.

    We stopped for some interesting take out food. Fried things mostly . We are wary because of some of the crazy things that are on offer but also because of Mike’s allergy to shellfish.
    Much of the food here is as Jon would say- greasy but good. We’ve tried a few unfamiliar things but mostly on the veg side - bitter melons. We had spicy fish head the other night. We left the lips and eyes to Maria who. Is very adventurous when it comes to eating. Tonight we went in search of some weird sea worms.... evidently a local dish. Everything is served family style and people just pick away at things. I’m getting much better with my cop sticks. The smells here are very strong and I have them hard time with them at times. The Duran fruit and the really smelly tofu just knock you over.

    . Today we head inland on the bullet train inland to a place called Wuyishan. On the way we are stopping at another island . Wuyishan is a Chinese resort city in Fujian province's Wuyi Mountains. It's popular for bamboo rafting on the 9-Bend River and viewing the range's 36 peaks, including high points like Great King Peak.
    That’s it for now.
    Love Heather (Mom)
    Fi, hope the trip to the Uk was uneventful.
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  • Day3

    Day 3 - WAG-ing

    February 10, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 48 °F

    New lesson of the day. When you're two 'English Roses' you shouldn't wait to ask 'am I getting pink?' Before putting sun cream and a cap on even if it's shady. Especially if one of you is bald.

    We dragged out pink neck and nose out of bed after a better night's sleep for some early-ish morning Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan. Other branches of this small chain have Michelin stars making them apparently the cheapest Michelin starred restaurants in the world (we're such tourists). We were near a non-starred one so went with it. It was really delicious. Their specialist BBQ porks buns are a bargain food highlight and recommended if you're ever in HK.

    After breakfast we continued ticking off our tourist info card and went up Victoria Peak on the tram. The tram line first opened in 1888 but I think they've updated the system since then (though probably not that recently). It basically is two carriages being pulled 45degrees up Victoria Peak with a feeling something could snap any minute and send you plummeting roller coaster style to the bottom (don't worry Mum, spoiler alert, that didn't happen). At the top we checked out the slightly cloudy 428m above sea level view. I'm not sure what it is about the need to see major cities from a high point but I still buy into it every time.

    We had to cut out trip to the Peak fairly short for our afternoon plans so caught the tram back down and headed to Happy Valley to meet Matt's friend Tom who'd invited him to play football with some friends and work colleagues. I played WAG and half watched the football and half watched the kites (the bird type) circling overhead.

    We headed back to Tom's place and hung out with him and his wife Angela for a while before hitting happy hour at Saint Germain. Several wines later we went to Keung Kee restaurant for more BBQ pork, noodles and duck fried rice. Yum.

    We caught the star ferry home after some MTR disruption (can't get over the 25p bargain price). It's apparently the coolest day of winter so far in HK. At least we won't get more burnt.... wear sunscreen kids. That's almost as good as the advice I got from the Drainage Services Department today. 'Do it from the heart' they say. Whilst sorting the drains.
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  • Day58

    Peak Tram

    August 26, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 84 °F

    Hong Kong seems much nicer after a night's sleep! Not a cloud in the sky, and really, really hot - we'd forgotten what 35 degrees and 90% humidity felt like! Forecast is not too great after today, so we tried to do all the outdoor things today. First of all, took the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak. Completely bonkers funicular tram which pulls you up the hillside at 45 degrees. Seats all face one way and you face backwards on the way down or otherwise you'd fall off your seat! Great fun, and stunning views at the top. Typhoon? What typhoon!Read more

  • Day40

    View from the peak!

    June 24, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Well what an absolutely amazing view this is from the peak, best way to see the size of Hong Kong and the beauty of its skyscrapers, it has the highest density of skyscrapers anywhere in the world, with over 1,300 skyscrapers, and well over 7,000 high-rise buildings, which staked on top of each other would reach over 300KM in the sky! You can thank the tour guide for those facts ha!Read more

  • Day131

    Day 131: Exploring Hong Kong Island

    October 24, 2016 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Slept in a bit after our late night last night. After another hotel breakfast and lazy morning, we only made it out again in time for the 11am shuttle bus downtown! So we hopped on that and jumped out at the same stop - China HK City shopping mall, where the ferries between Kowloon and Hong Kong Harbour depart. After a bit of wandering around we made it onto a ferry for the brief trip across to Hong Kong Island.

    This side is very different to Kowloon - it's much cleaner, newer, shinier and clearly wealthier. Most of the large corporations in Hong Kong have their headquarters here, and it rather felt like Sydney's finance district around Martin Place and Bridge Street. We wandered aimlessly at first, not really knowing what we wanted to see, and indeed there aren't many historic sites left on this side. After 30 minutes or so of wandering and looking at shops, we hopped on a tram with no destination in mind. The trams are fairly classic, well-maintained double-decker 70s relics, and we sat upstairs rolling slowly through the city. Stops are frequent and they seem very well utilised, so progress was a bit frustratingly slow. Eventually we got sick of it and hopped off near an MTR station.

    Grabbed some more baked goods for lunch (savoury bakeries are everywhere - think of the hot dogs buns or pork floss buns at BreadTop and you're pretty close) before heading back to Central on the MTR. We also wandered around a district called Wan Chai which is apparently hipster central these days in Hong Kong, with fancy eateries and trendy bars - most of which were of course closed at 2pm on a Monday!

    Since we were over on Hong Kong Island we figured we should visit The Peak - a furnicular ride up to the peak of Hong Kong Island's main mountain (about 480 metres high). We'd been advised not to do it on Sunday as it would be crowded, so hopefully Monday would be okay, right? Wrong! There was an enormous queue for tickets, probably 45 minutes long, and once you've waited in that queue there's a second queue to actually get on the furnicular! It's fairly well organised at least, but man it was a lot of queuing. You can pay extra to skip the ticket line, but you don't get to retire at 35 by paying extra for impatience.

    Finally after about 70 minutes, we arrived up at the Peak. It's very touristy, a large multi-level shopping centre with fancy shops, food and drink, a tacky 3D art gallery, and finally after many escalators you can get out on the roof and enjoy the view. It's a pretty magnificent view too, with Hong Kong Island below you, the harbour spread out, and Kowloon glittering across the water. Since it had taken so long to ascend, it was once again approaching evening, meaning that we could watch the sun set and the city lights start illuminating, this time from the opposite side. I took a nice couple of time lapses, and we had a drink in one of the crappy coffee chain places.

    Had a quick go through the "free" tacky 3D art gallery, where you can take goofy photos from forced perspectives. But of course the best set-ups are reserved for their cameras only, and then you get the absurd hard sell of a $50 glossy 6x8" picture featuring you and your wife "falling off a building". Definitely one for the album! We declined under much duress.

    As it was now dark we headed back down into the city (after a thankfully brief wait for the return furnicular). I'd arranged to have after-dinner drinks with someone I vaguely knew from the internet, so Shandos and I had dinner at a new-school dim sum place I managed to find. This place featured lots of dumplings etc with cutesy faces on them. Very different from the serious waiters and chicken feet of Sydney's trolley-based yum cha!

    Shandos headed home on the MTR while I waited for my friend to finish work. We had a good night out - first at a craft beer bar in Wan Chai, then hopped on the metro to another craft beer place in Mong Kok back on Kowloon side. After a few drinks he needed food (he's Asian so can't drink heavily), so we caught a taxi to a random noodle house that he knew down an alleyway in Olympic district. This was the kind of place where you had to know Cantonese to get by - that's all the waiters could speak, and the menu was entirely in Cantonese too. I let Abe do the ordering! Nothing quite like a bowl of steaming hot wonton noodles post beers at midnight.

    Exhausted and a little tipsy, we called it a night. He was heading back to his place on Hong Kong Island so dropped me off on the way in an Uber. And when our UberX car turned up - a BMW X1. Nice! Pretty late one for me, I don't think I've been out at 12:30am for a long time! And it's going to be another long exhausting day tomorrow.
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