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    • Day 11

      Floating Village

      November 11, 2023 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☁️ 79 °F

      We took a sampan ride through the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, a part of Hong Kong famous for floating seafood restaurants in a harbor protected from heavy storms.

      A cluster of fishing boats moor together here, as well, creating a floating village. These days only 200 or so people live there, but the number used to be much higher.Read more

    • Day 5

      Dragon’s Back Trail and Shek O

      November 4, 2023 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Morgens um 7 Uhr klopfte Max an die Tür und wir standen noch etwas verschlafen nach dem aufregenden Abend auf. Heute standen Dragon‘s Back und Shek O Beach auf dem Plan. Nach einem kurzen Frühstück machten Max, Francisca, JJ, Jan und ich uns auf den Weg zum Anfangspunkt des Dragon‘s Back Trail.
      Der Trail ging wie auf dem Rücken eines Drachens hoch und runter. Dadurch hatte man tolle Blicke über Hong Kong und hat einmal mehr gesehen, wie vielfältig die Stadt ist. Am Ende des Trails ging es dann mit dem Taxi zum Shek O Beach. Ein traumhafter Strand und so früh am morgen auch noch herrlich leer. Wir mieteten uns zwei Liegstühle und einen Sonnenschirm. Das Meer hatte eine angenehme Temperatur und wir alle genossen die Abkühlung nach dem Trail.
      Francisca wurde von Jazz wieder abgeholt, da noch Taylor Swift im Kino auf dem Programm stand. Max, Jan und ich blieben am Strand und genossen es alle, mit kleinen Naps und leichter Windbriese sehr. Gegen späteren Nachmittag machten wir uns dann auch wieder auf den Weg nach Hause. Abends ging es noch nach Causway Bay zu einem Thailänder(Longtail). Hier waren Francisca und Jazz auch mit dabei (leider haben wir kein Foto gemacht).
      Ein erholsamer Tag :)
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    • Day 100

      Die Wanderung auf dem Drachenrücken

      April 30, 2023 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Nach dem Großstadt Dschungel hatte ich heute Lust auf Natur und habe mich auf die Wanderung zum Dragon’s back gemacht. Die Anreise mit U-Bahn und Bus war unkompliziert, allerdings musste ich beim Bus ziemlich lange anstehen weil ein paar mehr Leute auf die Idee zur Wanderung gekommen waren 😬. Und dann fährt der Bus natürlich zum besten Strand von Hongkong. Nach ungefähr 10 Bussen (jeweils 19 Plätze) und einer halben Stunde Wartezeit war ich dann aber dran. Die Wanderung war einfach mit tollen Ausblicken und perfekt ausgeschildert. Zum Ende bin ich dann auch noch mal zum Strand abgestiegen und war ein letztes Mal Baden hier in Asien. Das Wasser war deutlich frischer als in Thailand, aber immer noch ca. 24 Grad warm. Wirklich schön 😎Read more

    • Day 587

      HKG Tag 5: Dragon‘s Back und Kawloon

      November 21, 2023 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Heute Vormittag bin ich etwas in der Hostel-Gegend herumspaziert und habe mir Frühstück geholt.
      Mittags bin ich dann mit dem Bus zur Südostspitze von Hong Kong Island gefahren und habe dort eine Wanderung auf dem Dragon‘s Back gemacht. Dabei hatte man immer wieder eine wunderschöne Aussicht auf die grünen Berge, Strände und Inseln. Es hat mich ein bisschen an Hawaii erinnert.
      Mit dem Bus und der MTR ging es dann zurück zum Hostel, wo ich mich wieder mit Phil getroffen habe. Zusammen sind wir in ein Restaurant gegangen, wo es ein typisch nordchinesisches Nudelgericht gab, wobei die Nudeln ein wenig wie Spätzle geschmeckt haben. (Phil ist die letzten Wochen durch China gereist und hat erklärt: im Süden wird viel Reis angebaut und gegessen, und im Norden wird viel Weizen angebaut und verarbeitet.)
      Danach waren wir noch zwei Bier trinken und sind dann zurück ins Hostel, wo wir wieder mit ein paar anderen zusammengesessen haben.
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    • Dragon's Back & Big Wave Bay

      September 25, 2023 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Mit einem Körper, der meint es sei mitten in der Nacht und viel zu wenig Schlaf bekommen hat, schleppte mich mein Kopf in Metro und Bus und war trotz allem voller Vorfreude auf die bevorstehende Wanderung 🤠 über den Hausberg Dragon's Back ging es zum Big Wave Strand.Read more

    • Day 6

      Dragons back

      May 5, 2023 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Dragon's Back is probably named for the shape of the ridge visible in the 3rd picture. This is probably the best known hike in Hong Kong. I commented to friends here that HK is not just the concrete jungle I had envisioned. The urban centers are certainly that, but there is a lot more to HK than I had imagined. These pictures give some sense of that.
      Other than the 1st picture at the trailhead, all the pictures are taken from up on the ridge. The 2nd and 4th pictures are towards the town of Stanley while the 6th and 7the pictures overlook Shek O.
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    • Day 3

      Der erste Morgen

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

      Bequem war anders aber die erste Nacht haben wir hinter uns. Unsere Zimmergenossin scharcht natürlich, die Betten sind hart und an die neue Zeitzone muss man sich auch erst gewöhnen aber das wird schon!Read more

    • Day 5

      STANLEY!!

      November 28, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      We took a trip down south today to the Victor Harbor of Hong Kong, Stanley!

      We caught the local bus via the Aberdeen Tunnel and Repulse Bay (home to a Ferrari and Tesla dealership!), and arrived just in time for morning tea - egglette (egg waffle) has become KT's favourite.

      We wandered the market, went for a beach walk (yes, there was a cache involved!) and had lunch in a backstreet noodle establishment (generous serve of mains were $5 each, compared to the waterfront where a gourmet cheese toastie was $20 at the "English pub").

      We caught the bus back to Causeway Bay (and found where all the traffic is in Hong Kong), visited Lot No 1 (the first parcel of land auctioned off by the British after the claimed the colony), and the Noonday Gun (as mentioned in Noel Coward's Mad Dogs and Englishmen).

      Street food for dinner tonight, literally! We bought pork buns, rice and other items of unknown ingredient from a small shop front and ate them on the street ☺

      Today's Tesla count: 75+ (he stopped counting!)
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    • Day 2

      Stanley

      December 2, 2016 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      Visited Stanley on a recommendation - I was told it should be a nice market. Big disappointment - lots of stores and more a touristical attraction than a market. Well, will visit tomorrow some real markets in Kowloon. Took the bus down to Stanley (with all the stops and traffic jams it took an eternity - wanted to be smart and took a taxi back to Central - took also an eternity ... Friday evening traffic jam - oh boy, I spent quite some time in buses and cars today. Last picture is the best - I had to leave the place when i saw it ....Read more

    • Day 12

      Big Buddha

      November 15, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      The last time I saw the Buddha it was at the end of an epic ferry/bus ride. Now the MTR has been extended and you hop off that and take a 25 minute cable-car ride. Which is a high and spectacular ride over green hills covered with tropical vegetation. There is obviously a walking trail to the Buddha, far below us we saw a jogger and a strolling couple, which might not seem noteworthy but the path is tiny, remote and you appear to have to leap over a small waterfall at one point.

      As it was late in the day we got a car to ourselves and at one point we were in the clouds. Soon the Buddha could be seen on the horizon. Eventually we clambered out of the car and walked through a hideous overpriced plaza of dubious souvenirs. Bizarrely thus path took the foot traffic past a set of decorative drums mounted on a bridge... Which had sharp instructions not to tap them... Why put drums if you don't want them played..... Once through the plaza we ended up on a path marked by statues of various generals associated with the Chinese horoscope years... Didn't seem very Buddhist to me. The whole thing felt fairly awful, I really liked BB last time relatively quiet, very uncommercial but the village just seemed like another money making scheme.. Wonder if the monks had a hand in it or are fuming? On the upside the cable car must bring more visitors and more donations for them. The other odd thing were the buffalo/cows ambling about on the path to the Buddha... No explanation given. The other thing going on was that ITV / Amazon Prime were filming something there... Can't remember what it was called and we were not allowed to take photos, so chances of me ever seeing it are slim.

      Eventually we came to the bottom of the steps that lead to BB. A total 268 steps up... Slow and steady got us to the top. It is impressive even if it does only date from 1993. A very kind woman we had spoken to earlier decided that Dad and I needed a photo to capture the occasion... She spent an age lining us up. Photo on the big camera though so will try to upload tomorrow. We had a good admire of the Buddha, and a wander about and the we creaked Dad's knees back to the main temple. He took photos I lit some incense that hadn't caught and then we headed back to try to catch the last cable car.

      Huge queues but we got on after a not very long wait and were rewarded with a spectacular sunset. (big camera). The clouds had lifted and we had great views for the whole journey. Once down we ride back to Hong Kong Station to track down the Michelin starred Dim sum that I found on TripAdvisor. We had some trouble finding it... It is tucked away in the station and looks like a fast food place in many ways, but there was a queue for a table. We were lucky and got a table to ourselves... Lots of them were long shared tables and I would have felt embarrassed wielding my chopsticks so publicly. Great food esp the pork stuffed eggplant.. Reluctantly after that we decided that it was more sensible to head to the airport as the time required to get back to the Star Ferry, ride it and get back was just a bit too cosy.

      Smooth ride out, an easy passage through security and into the lounge to await our flight. Now we are at 35000 feet having dinner. The Sky Chef comes and takes your order.. 😀
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