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  • Day10

    Now that's a Buddha!

    October 6, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Yesterday was an unscheduled break day as the local government had decided to close down the entire MTR system (the subway) because of damage to the stations caused by protestors. My original plan had been to visit Lantau Island and ride the Ngong Ping cable car. So yesterday's plan became today's, because I'm more flexible than a yoga instructor!
    Anwyay, we headed down to the lobby about 8:30am, and even though the MTR was back in action, it was in a limited fashion and frustratingly not the stations I needed. This meant alternative transport needed to be found for the 30k plus journey to Ngong Ping. I had researched the cost of a taxi and decided that $300HK was acceptable to my hereditary frugalness.
    A smooth 25 minute taxi ride dropped us off at the Ngong Pin 360 experience Lantau terminal. We were soon cocooned in the comfort of our gondola and climbing our way across the bays and over the hills towards Ngong Ping. The views are majestic and as we ascended we had a superb view of the planes taking off and landing at adjacent Hong Kong airport, which was a great bonus. In about 15 minutes we arrived at the upper terminal and exited our car to be offered a printed photo of us beginning our trip. They had printed and bound this in a presentation folder and even encased our image in a snowglobe. I don't know what tricky Chinese magic they had used to get this done so quickly, but I was happy to hand over my $280HK, for the photo folder of course, not the snowglobe, I'm not a narcissist.
    The reason this cable car exists is to ferry tourists and pilgrims to the Po Lin monastery and giant buddha at the top of the peak. I'm a bit of both I guess, which allowed me to enjoy the experience on multiple levels, because I have more layers than an onion.
    We hiked the hundreds of steps uphill to the giant buddha, where we were suitably awed and then spent time meandering around the monastery trying to be respectful and not cause any international or religious incidents.
    After about an hour and a half we journeyed back down from the mountain, and spent the next three hours worshiping at the alter of capitalism, which in these parts is known as the Citygate Outlet Mall.
    Finally we caught another taxi back to Kowloon through the now torrential late afternoon rain. As we were driving back to Tsim Sha Tsui we noticed hundreds of black clad and face mask wearing protesters streaming down Sailisbury Road towards the Star Ferry terminal. There will be more trouble in town tonight. I really hope both sides can show some restraint!
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    Cathy Middleton

    Sounds like a great day. THat Budda is impressive, just as well you are so flexible lol.

    10/7/19Reply
     
  • Day7

    First Day Hong Kong

    November 25, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    After my final presentation I went to the airport to catch my flight. Now, I have just arrived in Hong Kong after a 12 hour flight from London Heathrow. I'll be checking into the apartment that I will be staying in for most of my internship tomorrow.Read more

    BertsBikeBook

    Hey Felix, das sieht nicht schlecht aus ... VG, B

    11/25/17Reply
     
  • Day211

    Hong Kong Island

    March 31, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Unser Hotel befindet sich auf Hongkong Island, nicht weit entfernt vom Central District mit der bekannten Skyline, im Stadtteil Sheung Wan. Mit dem Bus fahren wir durch den Tunnel dorthin. Hier ist trotz vorrückender Hochhäuser noch einiges von der alten Exotik Hongkongs übrig geblieben. Das Warenangebot in diesem Viertel ist faszinierend: Es gibt Dörrfisch, Vogelnester, Ginseng, Antiquitäten ...
    Ganze Straßenzüge haben sich auf eine "Spezialität" festgelegt und heißen dann Herbal Medicine Street, Ginseng Street, Birds Nest Street oder, wie unsere Straße, Dried Seafood Street. Ein Laden neben dem anderen hat Unmengen von diesem getrockneten Fischzeugs - man riecht es auch 😳!
    Zum Glück gibt es normale Lebensmittelgeschäfte und wir finden gleich den Supi 'Welcome' Supermarkt unseres Vertrauens, wo wir nach vielen Wochen (oder sind es schon Monate?) mal wieder unser Frühstück und Abendbrot einkaufen und "zu Hause" essen!
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  • Day55

    Rabul - Papa New Guinea

    March 1, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌬 21 °C

    Strange place to dock. Good job we was only there for 4 hours, nothing much there. Sweet ppl on the street very friendly selling handmade things and the usual magnets and sarongs. All very colourful. I won’t be visiting that place in a hurry let’s say. They all seem to be chewing beetlenut which makes their mouths red. Also bit of a high factor.Read more

  • Day1

    Hongkong

    February 5, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    1. Tag
    Wir sind am Hongkong International angekommen und waren sofort begeistert. Es hat alles wie am Schnürchen geklappt. Selbst die Unpässlichkeit des internen Flughafenzuges wurde perfekt gelöst. Sobald jemand für eine Sekunde einen hilflosen Eindruck machte, war jemand zur Stelle, der in perfektem Englisch weiterhalf. Der Ticketkauf für die Citytrain, der Shuttle vom Bahnhof zum Hotel, alles perfekt. Wir wohnen auf Hongkong Island im "Ibis Hongkong Central & Sheung Wang". Nach einem leckeren Essen haben wir im Hollywood Road Park noch etwas entspannt.
    Außerdem weiß ich seit heute, dass es ein Disney- Land in Hongkong gibt.
    Morgen mehr.
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