Wish we could have stayed in Hong Kong for longer!

Trip Start Mar 13, 2012
Trip End May 10, 2012

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

It was very hot and steamy yesterday - much more like we’d expected - but as it didn’t look that hot from the hotel room we were totally over dressed and spent a very hot morning walking round the city. We tried to fit in as much sightseeing as we could before we left for the airport. We really wish we could have stayed here longer it’s the sort of place we love (Peter and Julie - you’d love it too).

First we got on the tram - I was wrong - they are three seats wide not two - but are still very cute. We went to Wan Chai - which is a predominantly Chinese area of market stalls and small shops all selling weird and wonderful objects. Lots of dried fish, chickens feet, pigs trotters, eggs with embryos in them, fake designer clothes - everything you could ever want (and more besides!) - it’s where the coastline was before they started to reclaim land to build on.. Then we visited two temples - Pak Tai Temple and Hung Sing temple - both had friezes of people around the top like some of the ones in Vietnam (but not as fine detail) but in the second temple all of them had their heads chopped off - not sure why. Then a quick detour up to the 52nd (?) floor of the Hopewell centre in a glass lift up the side of the building which gave tremendous views over the city - this building was the tallest one in Hong Kong until the 1980’s. Then a walk down some of the covered walkways took us to the Harbour and the convention centre which is built on land reclaimed from the sea - the last part of the convention centre was finished in 1997 in time for the hand over of power and there is a monument here to commemorate it. It was very misty and difficult to see all the skyscrapers in Kowloon even though it was just across the river. We caught the tram back to the hotel (it was much quicker then the underground and you could see a lot more) and had a quick look at the Tin Hau temple just round the corner form the hotel. Very atmospheric with coils of incense hanging smouldering from the roof and gold and red statues everywhere. Whilst we waited for the shuttle bus to take us to the airport we went up to the roof of our hotel (32 floor) to check out the pool (too cold for a swim) and the views - amazing views of everyone’s balconies and washing hung out to dry 30 floors above the pavement!

Then we had a long flight to Sydney (with a decent selection of films - I finally got to watch the last Harry Potter one) and then a short flight to Auckland. It was pouring with rain in Sydney and we got drenched walking over the tarmac to get on the plane - and our luggage got even more soaked sitting on the trolley waiting to be loaded - the clothes were still very damp when we unpacked them in the hotel.

We seem to have hit Auckland at the wrong time - we went down to the waterfront to have a meal and found out that all the yachts from the Round the World race are in the harbour at the moment and - as it is St Patrick’s Day (and a Saturday) - the whole harbour front was awash with drunken people dressed in green - green tutus, green feather boas, green leprechaun suits etc etc ! And this was only at 7pm - goodness knows what they will be like by closing time - there were a lot who couldn’t stand up even then. Not really the best introduction to the place!
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Maggie Yarnsong on

I love visiting Hong Kong. It's so interesting. Not a great introduction for you in Auckland. We also had a similar experience with plenty of drunk people - but Auckland is not New Zealand. You will love it, I am sure. I am looking forward to your blog around places I've visited too!!

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