Hong Kong

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  • Day59

    Néih Hóu Hong Kong!

    May 29, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 91 °F

    Day 1

    Getting the train to Hong Kong from mainland China was quite like getting a flight. You had to go through security and passport control and get your official exit stamp from China before you board the train. This is because Hong Kong is one of China’s “Special Administrative Regions” as it used to be a British territory, so it has different visa regulations (at least for the next 40 years). The train itself was then just like any other train I got in China and took just two hours to reach Hong Kong. As you exit the train you again have to go through passport control before you officially enter Hong Kong. Sadly they don’t stamp your passport here, you are just given a small receipt for your stay.
    Hong Kong is made up 261 islands and the Kowloon peninsula which is attached to mainland China. As my main purpose for visiting HK is to be reunited with Candy I chose to stay in the Kowloon side nearer to her. Our reunion would have to wait til the evening as she was working during the day. I made my way from the train station to my hostel, walking most of the 20 minute journey under covered walkways between buildings (found all over HK to help people avoid the blazing sun). My hostel was right in the centre of the main tourist hub of Tsim Sha Tsui, next to the metro, which I would become very familiar with. My hostel in HK is the most expensive one I’ve stayed in (standard for HK) but it did come with Netflix in the common area. It’s the small things. After I checked in I joined some fellow travellers who were going for lunch in a cheap Michelin starred restaurant and then on a free walking tour. The food at the restaurant was all dim sum (small dishes) and was quite good, but it took us so long to find the restaurant, having to navigate all the malls and walkways, that we ended up getting to the walking tour 5 minutes late and missing it. We spent the next hour just walking around the market streets before I headed back to the hostel to meet Candy.
    Candy and Sunny (Candy’s now fiancé) met me at the nearest metro station and then took me to a nearby Italian restaurant for dinner (we went through so many buildings to get there I couldn’t tell you where it was). Over dinner we caught up on the last year and a half of each other’s lives that we missed since she moved back to HK. It’s lovely to be able to meet new people while travelling, but it’s also so nice to be able to talk to your friends that you already know what their name, age, where they’re from/travelling to (standard travel chat). After dinner we walked around the harbour and took pictures of the night skyline. They then walked me back to my hostel and we arranged to meet the next morning to go sightseeing.

    Day 2
    We met on the platform of the Admiral metro station in the morning and then took the metro to Lantau island home of the Tian Tan bronze Buddha statue (as seen on Travel Man with Richard Ayoade and Jon Hamm). To get to the Buddha we took a thirty minute cable car ride over the island which in itself was pretty cool (though queuing for an hour to get it not so much). Before we climbed the final stairs to reach the Buddha we stopped at the neighbouring monastery for a vegan feast for lunch. We then had a quick look around the monestary before climbing the 268 steps up to the main event. From the Buddha’s perch you have a pretty great view of the island, definitely worth the trip. After visiting the Buddha we took the local bus to Tai O village, home to the Tanka people whoa houses are built on stilts above the tidal flats. Walking around this quiet fishing village was probably one of my favourite things I have done so far. Such a unique and peaceful place. After the village we got the bus back to the metro station and headed back to Kowloon for dinner in a hipster vegan restaurant (great bean burger) and then for a wonder around the night street markets where you can buy anything and everything and also witness some questionable street karaoke.

    Day 3
    Today it was just me and Candy as Sunny had to work. As yesterday was so jam packed we decided to meet later in the morning so we could have a lie in. We met at the metro station again and took the train to Hong Kong Island (the main business hub of the city). Our first stop of the day was to ride the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator which is the longest covered escalator system in the world (and was also featured in Travel Man). The system covers 800 meters from the central to the mid level area of Hong Kong island and is 135 meters high from bottom to top. I’m not even going to lie this was one of my favourite things in the city. Such a random experience. When we reached the top we turned around and walked back down to the central area (there’s nothing to see in the mid levels area) through the fruit and vegetable stalls. We then got the local bus up to The Peak (aka Victoria Peak, though not the highest peak on HK island) to see the view of the city. For $5 you can go up to the viewing platform, or you can walk round the side of the building and see pretty much the same view for free. We chose the free option. Obviously. After taking in the view we them took the funicular railway (aka the steepest funicular railway I’ve ever been on - 48% incline!) back down to the central area. We then had dinner in a 1950s American themed vegan diner (hidden in a high rise building as with ever shop and restaurant in HK) where I had the best vegan burger and ice cream shake ever! After dinner we got the ferry back to the Kowloon Side and walked along the river side again where we had to say our final goodbyes as Candy would be working the next day. Even though we were only reunited for a short time it was so nice to be able to see her again, especially on her home turf.

    Day 4 - Macau
    Macau, the other SAR of China, and former Portuguese colony, is only a short ferry ride from Hong Kong, so I decided to take a day trip to visit the Vegas of Asia. When you get off the ferry (after going through passport control again) you are greeted by dozens of dolled up ladies holding signs offering free shuttle busses for the various hotels on the island. As most of the hotels have their own casinos and malls you don’t have to have a reservation to use them, you simple pick the hotel you want to go to and get on. I picked the Venetian as I wanted to see the indoor canal network weaving through the hotel. I’m sure the original hotel in Vegas is more impressive, but seeing a canal on the middle of a hotel (on the second floor!) is still pretty cool. No match for the real Venice though, but a sight nonetheless. After wondering around the hotels mall and canal system for an hour, trying not to get lost (its seriously huge) I then popped over to the adjoining Parisian hotel to see their replica of the Eiffel tower. Again, no match for the real thing? But still pretty cool. I had a quick lunch in the food court (seriously you’d never have to leave the hotel if you didn’t want to) and then made my way back to the bus, through the main casino floor (definitely a sight in itself watching people betting thousands of dollars). I got the shuttle bus back to the port and then hopped on another free shuttle to the Grand Lisboa which was conveniently located near the old Portuguese area of Macau. Although the casinos are the main draw to Macau, walking through the old Portuguese street up to ruins of St Paul’s and to the neighbouring Fortaleza de Monte is definitely more enjoyable and picturesque. You honestly feel like you’re in Portugal. After sampling China’s Portuguese heritage I headed back to the port and caught the ferry back to Hong Kong where I made a last visit to the American diner (seriously the food was amazing!) before calling an end to my Hong Kong visit.

    So there you have my few days in Hong Kong and Macau. My holiday with friends, a nice break from the travelling pace I’ve been on up til now.

    Next stop Taiwan.

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  • Day4

    Day 4 - Stella

    February 11, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

    Our final full day in HK. I allowed us to have a lie in until 9.30 seeing as we weren't at the first planned activity until 11. I must learn to be a hippy traveller at some point in these 77 days and 'stop living by the clock, man'. Said activity was a walking tour with HK Free Walk around the area we're staying in, TST. Our 'ambassador' was Stella. She was every so slightly nuts which made for an entertaining few hours learning about the history of HK, the feng shui of the sky line and that the number 4 is bad luck cause it brings death (something like that anyway.) Plus I ate street food fish balls so maybe I am beginning to take some risks. I'll be getting a tattoo from a man in the back of a van next (jokes mum). It was one of those tours when in theory it's free but the tour guides work for tips and some cheapskate always buggers off 10 minutes before the tour finishes to avoid handing any of their cash over. If that's you shame on you.

    After the information overload, most of which I've already forgotten, we caught the Star Ferry for the 600th time this trip and went to Soho to ride the mid levels escalators and eat huge burgers. Then we walked around the harbour front and went to my home away from home hotel bar Sugar at the East hotel (where I go with work) for a spectacular harbour view and a glass of time or two.

    We attempted to watch the nightly Symphony of Lights show but couldn't even get close to a view so went to Caliente for Mexican food and beers. Highlights included free tequila and a drunk woman spilling a drink just after the previous one she had got wiped up from her clumsy hands. That makes it sound like a lame night but it very much wasn't.

    It was a less blog exciting, more consumption heavy day if I'm honest and to top it off Matt's found a channel showing the Man U game... Fun stat, we've walked 56.6km since we got to HK which has maybe burnt off one dinner. Maybe.
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  • Day70

    Hong Kong, China

    February 22, 2015 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    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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  • Day107

    Hong Kong

    August 28, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Our week in Hong Kong consisted of some much needed down time and wild weather! We spent time exploring various city districts and dined on the local fare with our guide Edwin (an old friend from Palmerston North). The local cuisine we sampled included chicken porridge, moon cakes (a dense sweet tart with solid egg yolk in the center), and milk-egg pudding. We also attended a Cantonese opera while in Hong Kong. Despite a slight language barrier, Whit and I both enjoyed ourselves attempting to follow a story of war, forbidden love, and deception. It's funny how even in different languages our stories are still so similar.

    Two serious typhoons struck while we were in Hong Kong. The larger of the two, Typhoon Hato, was a signal 10 storm, the maximum rating on this scale. Hato was so wild that it toppled a crane on a building adjacent to Edwin's apartment. Luckily this building was under construction so no one was injured.

    Relaxed and freshed, we now fulfill Whitney's dream of visiting Japan, where we explore Kyushu with Edwin and Tokyo! Arigato!
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  • Day62

    Nagasaki japan

    March 8 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌬 13 °C

    Yayyy finally made it to Japan. Went to visit the atomic bomb museum and walked around the park, we got a bus to China town and then a tram all the way across. Quite cheap and frequent. Had a brill day, just took too much cash out. Had some amazing food and lots of walking.

  • Day9

    A damp arrival in Hong Kong

    November 12, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    So we arrived about 3/4 hr early at HK airport an we walked down the steps and into warm rain, slow bus to the terminal some distance away and we were fed into a very efficient immigration system. Even stopping to fill in an arrival card we were through in 5 mins despite long queues and thus optimistic we would be out and away very shortly. But the bags took ages to come out about 45 mins. Just as we were beginning to twitch they appeared and we scooted to arrivals to find our lift. The poor woman was frantic, apparently she had been phoning to make sure we were still coming to HK. For the first 20 mins in the car what we got apart from welcome to HK was an explanation of how many phone calls she had made ...and on a sunday too. I felt quite guilty, but we had no way of knowing a) that it was excessive (it was still quicker than any baggage arrival at Fumicino) B) how to contact her. Anyway after that we srttled in for a slow drive to our hotel. I hate to say but I didnt catch her name and we won't see her again - we are on our own now. but she gave us subway maps and a map of Kowloon and Central. Much of the traffic was caused by roadworks restricing the roads from Lamma & the airport whilst they build a new Arts and cultural centre. Ms Guide was very scathing - "I dont know why they are building another one, we have one already and we aren't interested in art". Anyhow at about 3:30pm we arrived at the Salisbury.

    The Salisbury is he Kowloon YMCA! but actually it is a good hotel and we got upgraded to a partial harbour view, we even have a bowl of fruit. Also it feels very plush after China, all the hotels were fine but just slightly below par in someway - a patched up bath or grubby corners.

    After we had admired our view we set off in the rain to visit the Hong Kong History Museum. I didn't have enormous expectations but it was excellent, lots of information about Hong Kong's development, it was very good on recent stuff opium wars and early colonialism ...enough to push my guilt buttons ..and reminded me of the scratched pots in the Forbidden City. It also had a whole recreated turn of the 20th C or so street. All in all good and we both enjoyed it. Also it was free (not sure why) - always cheers Dad up.

    After that we went to find money - we needed HK $ now. We found an ATM but it was a Union Pay one (which is the big Chinese ATM system), I didn't have this problem last time I'm sure. Anyway eventually we found an HSBC and could therefore go and get dinner. Beef, pistachios and asparagus for me, prawns and crabmeat in spicy sauce for dad. Plus fried rice and eggplant with minced pork all washed down with copious quantities of tea. We came back via the 7-11 with a beer each for consumption whilst admiring the view.
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  • Day10

    How could I forget?

    November 13, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    Last night we walked back from the museum area all along the harbour causeway (on the Kowloon side) so we had the spectacular Hong Kong sky line to look at. Then we watched the Symphony of Lights around the harbour. Which wasn't as impressive as I remembered but still fun, and huge crowds of people all around the star ferry area watching it too.Read more

  • Day3

    The full monty

    December 3, 2016 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Helicopter flight over Hongkong
    The Peninsula - apparently the oldest and one of the renowned Hotel in Hongkong (and for sure the most expensive one - unfortunately I could not afford a room there :-) has on the top of its two hotel towers (new build some years ago - see old picture and today's one) the helipad for sightseeing flights. The helicopter company is owned by the Pensinsula Group of Hotels. The top floor and "departure area" is called the China Clipper Lounge. These Asia Clippers, as they were called, were in the early years of the last century the big seaplanes connecting the USA with Asia.Read more

  • Day210

    Hong Kong, China

    March 30, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Heute Mittag erreichen wir das Highlight und gleichzeitig das Ziel unserer Kreuzfahrt: Hongkong. Viel ist anfangs nicht zu sehen, Nebel oder Smog oder Beides versperren die Sicht auf die Mega-Stadt. Doch wir tasten uns ran und so nach und nach kommt die aus Film und Fernsehen bekannte Skyline von Hong Kong Island zum Vorschein! Genau gegenüber, am Ocean Terminal, legt unser Käpt'n die Insignia an. Das ist so was von genau an der Habour-City, einem großen Einkaufstempel, den man bei jedem Landgang durchqueren muss, denn einen anderen Weg in die Stadt gibt es nicht!
    Aber das lernen wir als Erstes und sehr schnell: Hong Kong und shoppen gehören zusammen. Hier gibt es Shoppingcenter, riesige Malls, Boutiquen, Geschäfte in allen Varianten und Preisklassen, dazu kommen noch die vielen Märkte, die sich auch in dieser Stadt trotz Moderne und Hochhäusermeer gehalten haben - und zwar wie in Asien üblich Tag und Nacht! Nach Brunei, Manila und Kaohsiung in Taiwan ist Hong Kong praktisch unser viertes Einkaufsparadies in Folge! Allerdings lockt uns das nur bedingt, denn der Rucksack ist noch immer gut gefüllt und unser Geld müssen wir aus bekannten Gründen auch zusammenhalten (aber mal kurz gucken kostet ja nichts 😉😀)!
    Eine Nacht bleibt uns noch auf dem Schiff, so dass wir ganz entspannt einen Bummel durch den Stadtteil Kowloon (bedeutet 9 Drachen) antreten. In Hafennähe reihen sich Einkaufstempel und tausende Geschäfte, Hotels, Bars und Restaurants aneinander. Wir bleiben an der Promenade und sehen so den Uhrenturm, einziges Relikt des einstigen Bahnhofs, und das dahinter liegende altehrwürdige Peninsula Hotel.
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Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsimshatsui, 尖沙咀

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