A very very big, very very humid Donegal Pass - well not quite:)
17.08.2010 - 20.08.2010 32 °C
This is a very short entry - We've just arrived back home after spending 3 nights in HK and are only getting an opportunity to update the blog with a few new photos now.
Over the last 10 years, we've been lucky enough to have visited some very busy cities such as London, New York, Rome and Istanbul, but Hong Kong is by far the busiest, most vibrant city we've ever been in.
There is a real buzz and energy about the place and it really comes into it's own in the evenings under thousands of neon signs. Shopping seems to be the real religion there and at 11pm at night the streets are packed with shoppers. There are countless shopping malls, and one shopping mall (Harbour City) has over 700 shops! Crazy!
We also witnessed queues outside stores such as Chanel and Dior - there's certainly no lack of money in HK!
Despite all the British street names, we were surprised at just how Chinese HK is. 99.9% of the people were Chinese as was the vast majority of tourists on many of our journeys on the brilliant and cheap public transport. We were often the only westerners and this was something we enjoyed.
What we didn't enjoy so much was the humidity - about 90% humidity and 32c; at night it "cooled" to 28c!
HK really was an assault on the senses - and a fantastic experience and we're glad we did it on the homeward leg of our journey from Oz as it would be much less enjoyable with jet-lag.
To conclude this entry and indeed this entire blog, here are a few of our highlights in Hong Kong.
We've enjoyed keeping in touch with you all via this blog over the past 3 weeks or so.
Hope you have enjoyed our ramblings too!
Hong Kong Highlights
1. Taking the Star Ferry at night from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island - one of the world's great journeys and the upper deck only costs 21 pence!
2. Watching the 8pm Light Show when 40 skyscrapers put on a synchronised light show either side of Victoria Harbour
3. Taking the Tram up to the Peak and the fantastic view from the top
4. Visiting the chilled seaside village of Stanley Bay (on south coast of Hong Kong island) - only 5 miles from the skyscrapers, but a world away in outlook
5. Visiting the Giant Buddha (by Cable Car)
6. Eating 'real' Chinese food in back street restaurants and being the only westerners there.
Simon & Michelle