Bonkers about Honkers

Trip Start Jan 20, 2009
Trip End Jan 19, 2010

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Friday, November 20, 2009

After our great time in the Philippines we fly north to the incomparable Hong Kong.

When we arrived in Hong Kong we were in for a big shock, after spending 5 months in warm 30+ C temperatures we were met by a shocking 13C, how could this be, all the stories you hear about Hong Kong its always hot and humid, not grey and freezing.  We dug out our fleeces and jumpers and also had to wear sock and shoes for the first time since July. 

Despite the cold we had a great time and having visited Hong Kong on several occasions before we managed to do things we hadn't done before.  Our favourite visit of our four days here was to the Happy Valley race track for an evening of floodlit horse racing.  The setting is incredible, on one side of the valley sits a huge four level grandstand, on the other side dozens of skyscrapers look down on the course.  To see the race course at night in the heart of the city makes for a great spectacle, it was also nice to mix with some Westerners as virtually the entire crowd was made up of expats and tourists.  Despite our best efforts we didn’t win big so perhaps our hopes of a 1000 day blog may not come to fruition. 

We also visited the Ocean Park theme park which was a great day out.  We got to see Panda’s and red pandas and looked round the parks fabulous aquariums and aviary.  The most unusual animals however was probably the parks collection of gold fish.  When I think of a goldfish they are the type that you win at fairs – the Chinese have bred some incredible species that look incredibly outlandish. There were some with eyes on the top of their head, some with eyes on storks like hammerhead sharks, some perfectly round whilst others had little pom pom balls at the front or just behind their eyes. We were half expecting to see Blinky the 3 eyed fish from the Simpsons.

We also had time to do some of the more touristy sights.  Riding back and fort on the star ferry across Victoria harbours is still something special and never fails to impress no matter how many times you ride it.  Going for Dim Sim is also a fantastic Hong Kong tradition that you can’t beat and finally the magnificent light and laser show that illuminates the huge buildings in the harbour in time to music.

Here are the photos.

Next stop, the next continent and with some trepidation, India.
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