Birds, Fish, Flowers and a light show

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

We woke and booked some flights to the Philipines and started to look at what we wanted to do there. Watched the children get off to school then set off to get the cable car to see another Giant Buddha. The cable car starts near Steve's house on Lantau however after seeing the mountain covered in clouds and smog we decided to give it a miss.

We headed into town and tried to be clever getting off at Kowloon metro station, after wandering around the Elements shopping centre for a while and generally getting lost outside we had to get the metro back so we knew where we were.

We started off by getting to the Mid Level escalators (the longest escalator in the world)  this allows you to climb up through the city without expending any energy. We got off a couple of times to check out various side streets and areas of the city. We looked up and down Hollywood Rd which is the antiques street, walked through Soho and all the bars and restaurants and deli's and finally got off the escalator right at the top.

We then headed to the tram to climb 'The Peak' however due to the smog / cloud we quickly realised we wouldn't be able to see anything. A quick detour got us to the Star Ferry terminal perhaps the one thing in Hong Kong definitely suited to backpackers, the cost of the ferry was about 20p and it gives fantastic views of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Causeway Bay areas.

We then walked the Avenue of Stars in the museum zone, seeing both Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee (i.e. the only chinese film stars we know). We then jumped another metro to the oddly named Goldfish Market. Essentially this is a series of aquatics shops that put their fish in bags like the fair then hang them all over the streets and lots of people come and buy them. It was very interesting for us as we have kept tropical fish for probably the last 6 or 7 years (if not longer). I also found a street stall that was knocking out some hot and sour soup type product for next to nothing. It was great but we couldn't communicate with the woman at all.

We then headed for the flower markets which were lovely and Lady E loved the number and different types of Orchids that were available for next to nothing. It also gave her the opportunity to quiz me on what type of flowers are which and which she likes.

Erica edit:  Nothing like a good research trip.

After the flower market we headed for the the bird garden and market. This is a place where old men bring there birds out for a walk and maybe a game of chinese chess against there mate and his bird. There are also lots of birds in small cages and parrots etc all for sale. Also lots of bird food like meal worms, crickets and grasshoppers as well as seed. The food attracts wild birds so you have lots and lots of caged birds watching wild birds try and outwit stall owners to get a bit of seed or some worms. Its all very very surreal. Thankfully neither of us got poo'd on so we laughed like hell when we saw a chap from the USA (USA USA get in the hole) get his head cleaned by his wife after a small incident.

We then headed off so that Erica could buy herself a new camera (so much for Hong Kong being a place to catch up on the budget, despite free accommodation courtesy of the Tunstalls we are going through more money than we could dream of). After yet more trawling the markets and camera shops we purchased an ex display Canon for about half the cost he would buy it for in the UK so until we break it, lose it or have it stolen it still appears good value. Our current camera is in a bad state of repair. After too much haggling we tried to pay by card and promptly got sent to the cash point as we may have used the terminology (how much for cash?). The bank however had no money for us so we then had to go to branch. The branch was closed so we had to play the premier account blag, got the branch opened up for us and finally got the money before heading back to the shop.

Wanting a case, the chap tried to charge us $300HKD for the case (about 26 quid) but we ended up getting a spare battery and the case for $150 HKD by this stage all the guys in the shop were not happy with us and the buggers tried to short change Erica out of $50 dollars. We had a good old fashioned Quantity Surveyors row before leaving thinking we got a very good deal. It was so good in fact I spent 15 mins in the shop making sure everything worked although I'm still convinced it will fall to pieces in a day or two (like the watch, my indian t-shirt and all the other cheap sh*t we buy). At the end of the day though we do have a warranty with Canon so that is hopefully ok.

With the new camera in tow we headed for a light and sound show on the 'Promenade' where all the tall buildings shoot lasers and spotlights on to other buildings in time with the music. The view was slightly obscured by some of the smog but it was still good.

After a long and tiring day we headed back to Chez Tunstall, an early night and a chance for Lady E to play catch up with the blog.

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Jasmine and Ryan eating yogurt at a cafe on The Peak, Hong Kong

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Playground at the peak, Aberdeen harbour in background

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Being silly with hats and baby Sophie whilst talking about email accounts

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