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    • Day 3

      Big walk.

      February 21 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

      So we're staying at The Kowloon Hotel on Nathan Rd for 6 nights before heading to the UK. I won't bore you with a post every day. 😏 Had a big scouting trip today. Not only is there lots to see but there is another world happening under the road. Used the underground trains. Gosh they are good. And cheap.Read more

    • Day 8


      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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    • Hong Kong Mainland & City Life

      September 23 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Gigantisch, geschäftig, lebendig...

      Hong Kong gehört seit 1997 als Sonderverwaltungszone zur Volksrepublik China. Mit freier Marktwirtschaft, innerer Autonomie, eigener Währung und eigener Flagge 🇭🇰

    • Day 18

      First impressions of Hong Kong

      September 6, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Gross, laut und unpersönlich...
      Die MRT hat super schnelle Rolltreppen die uns in Sekunden über mehrere Etagen transportieren.
      Alles überdimensioniert gross, jeder leere Platz wird zugebaut. Abends Lichtershow angesehen, aber dadurch auch sehr beeindruckend schön.Read more

    • Day 117

      Hong Kong

      April 25 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Wir sind relativ spontan nach Hong Kong gereist. Es ist eine mega coole und sehr moderne Stadt. Ein absoluter Kontrast zu den letzten Wochen Thailand 🤗. Das Schönste: Du bist extrem schnell im Grünen.

    • Day 2

      Walk of Stars

      April 25 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      … walking the famous Walk of Stars Promenade, where you can find Handprints from Asian Stars, always a beautiful view to the Skyscrapers and in the end of the promenade, you find the Bruce Lee Statue…

    • Day 93

      And bye bye Hongkong

      September 29, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Bei einem Cocktail in der Rooftopbar unseres Hotels ließen wir mit Blick auf die Hongkonger Skyline den letzten Abend ausklingen.
      Am Morgen des Abflugtags hatten wir noch Zeit für einen Besuch des History Museums von Hongkong. Das Museum war wirklich sehr interessant und wir konnten einiges über die vielfältige und besondere Geschichte Hongkongs sowohl geologisch als auch vor allem politisch erfahren - erst war die Stadt Jahrhunderte lang chinesisch, dann kam Eroberung durch England, es war Mittelpunkt der Opiumkriege, wurde im 2ten Weltkrieg durch Japaner besetzt, dann folgte die Befreiung durch die Alliierten und der Aufstieg zur Handelsmetropole. 1997 schließlich wurde Hongkongs Unabhängigkeit von England erklärt.
      Aktuell scheint es so als gäbe es eine weitere Fortsetzung dieser ereignisreichen Geschichte. 🤔

      Nun geht es erstmal für einen kurzen Zwischenstop, Erholung und Familienbesuch nach Deutschland zurück.
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    • Day 7

      I like big bus, and I cannot lie...

      October 3, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

      The circadian rhythm has a lot to answer for. No, not those insects that rub their legs together all night long in summer, your internal body clock. You know the one, it tells you when to go to sleep and when to wake, except when you mess with it, by doing something like flying five time zones East. Yep, I'm still waking up at 'Oh f*&k o'clock'. First world problem I know, but it may explain some of my more erratic behaviour.
      Anyway, where were we? Oh yeah, Hong Kong.
      This was our first full day in HK and I had scheduled to the minute what my campaign would include. First call was the inclusive hotel buffet breakfast. I often book hotels based on the quality and range of their breakfasts and the Intercontinental had rated highly on both scales with fellow travelers. After this morning's calorie frenzy I would give it two thumbs up, if I could raise my hands. I'm still Christmas day full from this morning's Buffet battle round 1. The day's most important, or free-est meal consumed I headed out on task one, redeeming two tickets on the Hop-on/Hop-off Big Bus Tour of Hong Kong. This meant a mere 1.5km stroll along Ocean Promenade. A doddle you say, so would I if it wasn't already 31 degrees by 9am and moister than Aunt Betty's chocolate cake. In less than an hour I was back with the tickets and a kg lighter from water loss. Fortunately the Kowloon bus route had a stop right outside our hotel. What a stroke of luck! What wasn't so lucky was deciding to sit on the open upper deck of the double decker tour bus. Soon feeling crispier than a piece of the Colonel's special chicken we scurried for the sanctuary of the covered area at the front of the bus. This provided minimal respite from the relentless heat and humidity, and this is Autumn! Enduring the elements we rode the tour round Kowloon enjoying the informative commentary on the local landmarks and history. We hopped off (see what I did there?) the bus by the Star Ferry terminal and caught the next ferry across to Central where we resumed our Big Bussing, this time on the Hong Kong Island route. This is a much older area than Kowloon and is rich in history. At the fourth stop we left the bus to ride the Peak Tram to the summit of Victoria Peak. The funicular hauled us to the crest of Hong Kong's highest hill where we oohed and aahed at the impressive 360 degree views, then took time out to process the majesty of the location by consuming Bubba Gump's finest shrimp. Shrimped to the gills (do they have gills?) we rode the tram down to the terminal and waited to catch the next Big Bus. You can track these buses using an app, so that you know when the next one will arrive and my app told me the next bus was 3 minutes away. Now brace yourself for a truth missile kids, apps sometime tell bloody porkies. The bus took more than 15 minutes to arrive. That's 900 seconds with no air-conditioning, the cruelty of it all! Eventually we were happily seated on our bus, downstairs in the AC, because we're not stupid, despite what Mr Gump says. And this time we got to enjoy aforementioned AC for much longer than anticipated as the traffic around 4pm HK time was glacial in speed. After several millenia we arrived back at the Star Ferry terminal, sailed back to the safety of Kowloon and then went and spent a silly amount of money on new smartphones. Guess what I'm setting up now while writing this? It's not flatpack furniture. Tomorrow we hit the seas bound for the gambling den of Macau.
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    • Day 12

      Plans B through 27

      October 8, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Due to ongoing disruption of the MTR system and an inclement weather forecast, featuring thunder and monsoon rain, the planned Hong Kong Disneyland excursion was postponed until today. Instead of Disneyland we got all intellectual and hands on at the very impressive Hong Kong Science Museum. Time well spent.

      Luckily for us by this morning most of the MTR system was back in action, apart from a few stations which were too damaged to be safely opened. None of the closed stations were on the route I was taking from Tsim Sha Tsui to Lai King, then Tung Chung and finally onwards to the Disneyland Resort.. This meant I could use my Octopus card instead ponying up the $600HK taxis would have stung me. Score bonus points for the tightarse that I am.

      Arriving at the park in time for rope drop, which unlike the US Disney parks was at the leisurely hour of 10:30am it was already 32 degrees, so shade was highly sought after unless you fancy seeing photos of a shallow Celtic puddle on the ground. (that would have been me after more than ten minutes in this relentless tropical sun!)
      Although I was at the park for rope drop it was the least populated park opening I've ever seen, which was great news for wait times. Basically there were no wait times, you could just walk straight on to any ride. It was a dream run. There had to be an upside to the strife and chaos which had disrupted lives and schedules throughout Hong Kong! In no time Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine train had been ridden twice, Mystic Manor, Fairy Tale Forest, Jungle Cruise, Space Mountain, It's a small world (for the air conditioning of course!) The Iron Man tech showcase, Ant Man and the Wasp Nano Battle had all been tested and approved by this Disney veteran.

      Along the way, and in between rides, every Disney store had also been thoroughly investigated and I even found time to squeeze in some fine Disney vittles at the Starliner Diner.

      It was a surreal experience having so much space at a Disney park, I almost miss the crowds for some of the atmosphere they generate, almost. So in a mere five hours the resort had been conquered, then it was back on the MTR a final fast retail splurge at Citygate Outlets before riding the 45 minutes back to Kowloon.

      Now it's my last chance to enjoy the room's view of the junks, cruise ships and barges as they ply the harbour and the technicolour light show from the skycrapers on Hong Kong island.

      I'm ready to be impressed by Cathay Pacific's Business class on tomorrow night's return flight to NZ. It's already scored more points than Air New Zealand because they'll be flying us in an A350-900, my favourite ride. See you next time from Aotearoa.
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    • Day 35

      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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