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  • Day3

    Victoria Peak - HK von oben

    January 4 in Hong Kong

    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!

  • Day40

    View from the peak!

    June 24 in Hong Kong

    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!

  • Day3

    Day 3 - WAG-ing

    February 10, 2017 in Hong Kong

    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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  • Day4

    Xiamen

    November 28, 2017 in Hong Kong

    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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  • Day58

    Peak Tram

    August 26, 2017 in Hong Kong

    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

  • Day131

    Day 131: Exploring Hong Kong Island

    October 24, 2016 in Hong Kong

    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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  • Day10

    Peak Time

    November 13, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Slack start this morning so we didn't get up till gone 7:30. A leisurely start then down from North Tower where our room is to the dining room in South Tower. Excellent breakfast and attentive staff who greet you by name. Trying to work out the best use of our time given the weather.. It is very grey and overcast this morning.

    We decided to ride the star ferry to Central and try the peak anyway. So an interesting walk across huge new reclaimed area that didn't exist 12 years ago as along a raised walkway that gave views of skyscrapers and traffic before we arrived at Central.. A quick bob down to buy an octopus card (another sodding no change incident at the star ferry convinced us that what ever yesterday's guide said it was just easier even for 2 days). Round Central is peak shopping country for the wealthy denizens of HK: Gucci, Harvey Nicks etc etc. Then a walk to the peak tram past the Cathedral, a relic of HK's colonial times,. We then walked along Battery Path... Past the missionary headquarters and just below government house... All so colonial.

    Huge queues at the tram but after a short while we realised that if you had an octopus card you could skip the cash desk and go to the gate.. We had to wait for a member of staff to drop the rope but it saved a bit of queueing. Sadly we then ended up with a large noisy party who irritated Dad and who occupied all the decent seats so we were spread up the tram. By the time we got to the top it was intermittently cloudy. Then we saw the enormous queue to go back down stretching for miles. We walked to the viewpoint and took some photos but there were more vocal tourists and by now Dad was very grumpy. So we went for a restorative Starbucks coffee and muffin (well Dad did, I had a cup of tea and a blueberry yogurt). Balance restored we wandered to see if the queue had decreased or whether we should play hunt the bus. Hallelujah the queue was nothing, we got seats on the view side and all was well. The only down side was the lashing rain....
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  • Day213

    Victoria Peak Rundweg

    April 2, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Der Abstieg ist abenteuerlich und gleich zu Beginn sagt uns ein Schild: Weg geschlossen. Da aber eine Truppe von dort hochkommt, nehmen wir den Weg in Angriff. Hier ist mal wieder klettern angesagt und wir erinnern uns an die Wege auf Rarotonga 😊. Nach gefühlten 1.000 m Abstieg (waren nur ca. 100), treffen wir auf den Rundwanderweg. Auch hier ein Schild: Road closed. Von dieser Seite sieht der Weg auch nicht wie ein Wanderweg aus und wir hätten ihn von dieser Seite aus wohl nicht gefunden. Wir haben uns unsere Mittagspause verdient und futtern Banane und Riegel. Nun aber endlich den Rundweg absolvieren. Und da sind sie wieder, die Hongkonger auf Sonntagsausflug und alle anderen Touristen.
    Wir laufen einen toll ausgebauten Weg mit zahlreichen Ausblicken auf die Stadt entlang. Am "The Peak" angekommen, wimmelt es nur so vor Menschen. Die Fahrt hinunter mit der Peak Tram hat eine stundenlange Wartezeit und an den Bussen ist es nicht besser. Für uns egal, wir wollen ja runter laufen, dauert nur 1,5 Stunden. Vorher aber noch ein Kaffee und Riegel zur Stärkung im Peak Tower Café und los gehts. Die ersten hundert Meter Höhe runter sind geschafft, da überlegen wir es uns anders. Die Attraktionen unten sind in der Nacht eigentlich viel schöner und wir wollen nach Sonnenuntergang nochmal hoch, um die nächtliche Skyline zu sehen. Dann mit der Peak Tram runter und durch die Gaslaternenstrasse ins Ausgehviertel Lan Kwai Fong.
    Der Blick auf die Karte zeigt uns, Aberdeen ist genauso weit weg und das ist der Hafen Hongkongs, in dem noch das alte Hafenflair mit seinen Dschunken zu sehen sein soll. Also wieder rauf auf den Berg und auf der andern Seite wieder runter.
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  • Day213

    Hongkong von oben, bei Nacht

    April 2, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Wir schnabulieren gemütlich unser Abendessen im Zimmer und machen uns erneut auf den Weg zur Peak Tram 🚊. Hongkong bei Nacht und von oben soll es sein. Wir kommen an der Talstation an und trauen unseren Augen nicht, Himmel und Menschen stehen Schlange. Als Wartezeit sind 2,5 Stunden angegeben 😳😩. Die müssen auch alle wieder runter, d.h. oben sieht es genauso aus 🙄. Mmh, auf morgen verschieben? Dann ist Montag und vielleicht weniger los 🤷🏻‍♂️? Es gibt ja noch den Peakbus. Wenn der nicht so voll ist, versuchen wir es heute. Also los zum Bus, der fährt ab Central, d.h. wieder ein Stück zurück (hatten wir heute schonmal). Da stolpern wir fast über eine Gruppe Frauen, die auf dem Boden sitzend schwatzen, essen, trinken und Karten spielen. Um die Ecke sind es Hunderte, wenn nicht gar Tausende. Sie sitzen auf Pappe in kleinen Pappburgen und die Straßen sind abgesperrt. Was ist das?: Demo, Skatturnier oder einfach nur Picknick und nur Frauen? Ich frage eine Gruppe Frauen und werde beruhigt, hier findet nichts Schlimmes statt. Sie finden sich an Sonntagen auf bestimmten freigegeben Plätzen zusammen, um genau das vorher geschriebene zu tun. Sie sind philippinische Hausmädchen (es gibt in Hongkong 200.000 bis 300.000) und die größte Gruppe von Expats, allerdings ohne die Privilegien der Banker aus Übersee. 400 Euro Lohn im Monat erhalten sie, dazu Bett und Verpflegung sowie einmal im Jahr ein Flugticket in die Heimat. Wegen der extrem beengten Wohnverhältnisse leuchtet ein, dass die Hausmädchen ihren freien Sonntag außer Haus verbringen (müssen). So picknicken sie zu Tausenden auf öffentlichen Gehwegen, Straßen, Plätzen und Grünstreifen in der Innenstadt. Eine friedliche Belagerung, die uns zeigt, dass Geld haben und nicht haben auch das reiche Hongkong in zwei Lager teilt.
    Dann erreichen wir den Peakbus und tatsächlich, der ist fast leer und so steigen wir ein. Als wir oben ankommen, der zweite Schock: Tausende warten an der Haltestelle für die Abwärtsfahrt 🤦🏻‍♀️. Genauso sieht es an der Peaktram aus 🤦🏻‍♂️. Für ein Bereuen der Entscheidung ist es zu spät. Damit ist die Entscheidung für den Rückweg auch schon gefallen - wir werden wieder runterlaufen 🙆🏻‍♂️.
    Doch jetzt wandern wir zügig zum nächstgelegenen Aussichtspunkt und können uns an der nächtlichen Skyline kaum satt sehen. Nachdem wir gefühlt Hunderte von Fotos gemacht haben, nehmen wir den Rückweg über die alte Peak Road in Angriff. Als wir an der Tramstation vorbeikommen, sehen wir, die Zahl der Wartenden hat sich nicht verringert. Und so reihen wir uns talwärts per Pedes hinter ein paar anderen Nachtwanderern ein.
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  • Day213

    Victoria Peak

    April 2, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Sonntag 8.30 Uhr: Mit der Doppelstockstrassenbahn fahren im zweiten Anlauf zur Peak Tram, um auf den Victoria Peak zu gelangen. Und dieses Mal kommen wir auch sofort nach Ankunft mit der Peak Tram mit. Allein diese Fahrt ist ein Erlebnis. Es ist eine der ältesten Standseilbahnen der Welt - eröffnet 1880 - und überwindet 370 Höhenmeter an einem 1.500 m langen Seil. Die Bahn ist so steil, dass es so wirkt, als würden die Hochhäuser entlang der Strecke umfallen. Da könnte uns schon Bange werden, doch gab es seit Eröffnung der Bahn keinen einzigen Unfall.
    Oben angekommen, lassen wir die Gebäude "The Peak" und "Peak Gallery" mit seinen Shoppingcenter und Restaurants links und rechts liegen, um direkt den Rundweg um den Victoria Peak anzusteuern. Ein erster Blick über die Stadt und den Hafen zeigt uns jedoch - sehr diesiges Wetter. Damit werden die Aussichten von den View Points eher miserabel sein und wir beschließen den Gipfel zu besteigen. Das gibt uns dann vielleicht eine Stunde zur Wetterbesserung. Also los über die schönen Victoria Gardens zum Peak. Zu dieser frühen Stunde sind nur einige Gleichgesinnte mit uns unterwegs. Bei Ankunft verschließt sich uns dann der Gipfel, denn er ist Sperrbereich, mit Funkmasten besetzt, umzäunt und gesichert. Früher gab es hier mal einen Militärstützpunkt, ein Erholungsheim für Soldaten und einen Pavillon. Das ist im 2. Weltkrieg weitgehend zerstört worden und jetzt ist hier ein kleiner Park mit Pavillon und Aussicht. Das nehmen wir, denn die Sicht ist auch schon viel besser geworden. So sehen wir in einiger Entfernung einen weiteren Gipfel, den High West, der über einen Kammweg erreicht werden kann. Sieht super aus: Also nichts wie hin, zumal wir auf der anderen Seite runterlaufen und dann auf den Rundweg zurück auf die Tram treffen können. Von da aus wollen wir eh in die Stadt runter wandern und noch ein paar Attraktionen ansehen.
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