Hong Kong

Trip Start Apr 03, 2009
Trip End Apr 19, 2009

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

I don't know if yesterday warranted its own travelblog because yesterday morphed into today. We got on the plane, and our excitement was evident- as most of us were asleep before the plane took off. The plane ride was quite uneventful, we all tried to sleep for as long as possible, but it was difficult as the seats on Cathay Pacific didn't actually recline. It was a full flight, so we couldn't lay down across a row either. Breakfast on the plane was very nice-warm croissants and warm muffins. Liam got his breakfast earlier because he is allergic to dairy, eggs and nuts, but what did Cathay Pacific give him? Warm croissants and warm muffins--- which have eggs and dairy. It did make you wonder what was the point in asking for a special dietary meal if they will ignore it?
The plane landed at 7:18am Hong Kong time (3 hours behind Melb time), and we got our bags and got onto the bus. We travelled on the bus for about half an hour, before we got to our station. At the station, our hotel was about 200m away. It was a pretty long 200m, I felt. We walked, all 10 of us with our 14 suitcases. We got some pretty interesting stares, as I'm sure that we looked like a dysfunctional Von Trapp family, with all of us, walking single file with our matching suitcases.
At the hotel, we re-fuelled with some food, before Dad called his Dental Rep, Karen who was in Hong Kong as well with her husband Arthur and her daughter Delaney for her birthday. We met at the lobby and went out. Where did we go to first on our first day in China? Somewhere that obviously exhibits all Chinese culture in one place-McDonalds! We then walked to the ferry, and took the ferry over to the other side of the island. We walked to the famous mid-levels escalators. We took a series of escalators up to the top, one after the other after the other. It was pretty fun as we took silly photos, using the escalator as a type of timer, the photos had to be over before we got to the top of the escalator. I don't think that the escalators are a type of tourist attraction, but we made it one, which humoured the locals. At the top of the escalators, we walked down to a free zoo. The zoo was pretty small, but it was nice. It's in the most unusual place, which means that it doesn't have many visitors, so we basically had the place to ourselves. We saw all the animals, they were mostly different species of monkeys, apes and lemurs. We saw this one monkey, breast feeding its young. It showed how closely humans and monkeys really are---until the baby threw up and the mother ate it.
We took a train to "The Peak". It was a train that was super, super steep. Think a rollercoaster as it goes up to the top just before a big drop. The view was beautiful though. We got a really good look at it as we expertly snared the best seats with army precision.
We ate McDonalds for lunch at the peak.
The view from the top of the Peak was amazing. Although it was foggy, it was still pretty easy to see all of Hong Kong. It was windy, also, which made it a tiny bit scary. If you put your head over the balcony, a huge rush of wind blew up from underneath. It was like a hairdryer, with the air just blowing so fast up. We stayed up there long enough to admire the view and take the appropriate number of photos.
We went back down and had a picture with a wax version of a Chinese superstar. I have no idea what his name is or what he does, but he must be pretty well-known to have a wax version of himself. I don't know, it's just a guess.
We took the bus down to the ferry pier and took the ferry back across. We said good-bye to Delaney, Karen and Arthur, but we would be meeting them for dinner.
At our hotel, we slept. It had been a pretty long day so far.
By the time we woke up, it was time to go out to dinner. We went to a nearby restaurant, and the food was really good. We ate and ate and ate until we were completely stuffed.
We left the restaurant and went to the night market. A few tired ones retired to the hotel; Liam, Robynne, Mum, Ash, Laura and Hayley.
We took the subway to the night market and walked the whole way down. There were some really funny things on sale, and some things that we weren't allowed to look at. We didn't really buy anything, but we got a feel for what we would want to buy when we came back tomorrow. After we walked through the whole night market, and out legs felt heavy, we got back on the train, said our final good-bye to Karen, Delaney and Arthur and went back to the hotel.
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kovacsfamily on

glad we r not monkeys!
what a busy first day, with not much sleep. Maccas for b'fast & lunch??? R u hiring a mini bus to get around with such a big group? As the tittle says...i'm really glad we're not monkeys, there's a limit to what a mum can really do (or eat as it were, ask Aunty Rob about her story) ;-)
Hope the trip continues to be lots of fun, and look forward to reading your blogs (as usual), well done Amy.

amandabeet on

Where's the commitment Fishers?
Hi Amy, our dogs frequently eat each others vomit - gross I know but true! You all missed a Ho-hum win over the Demons - they tried hard for the first half, but then we clicked and ran away from them. I don't know what you lot are thinking - fancy taking overseas trips in the middle of the season -PLANNING people, that's what you need to concentrate on! In the meantime, you lot keep on having a great time, and we'll cheer extra loud for you. Harry says 'um - where's Hong Kong', Gordon says 'I wonder if they'll meet Campbell?' (a friend of his in Hong Kong). See you all in a few weeks. Enjoy the sights in China.

katemel on

Hi all. What a fab game you missed. Must have been a fun second half for you - getting scores via SMS!!! Hope laptop OK. Did you only take the one laptop? Hope this doesn't mean the end of the travelpod. I guess I'll find out tomorrow. Have a fab trip either way. A Kate

katemel on

Bruce Lee
Wax figure was Bruce Lee by the way.

Bruce Jun Fan Lee (ÀîÕñ·ª; pinyin: L¨« Zh¨¨nf¨¡n; 27 November 1940 ¨C 20 July 1973) was a Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, instructor, martial arts actor and the founder of the Jeet Kune Do combat form. He is widely regarded as the most influential martial artist of the twentieth century and a cultural icon.[1] He was also the father of actor Brandon Lee and of actress Shannon Lee.

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