Hong Kong

Trip Start Aug 12, 2007
Trip End Sep 28, 2007

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

25/9 - Andrew

We arrive in Hong Kong after an overnight train journey and have to go through immigration, customs, etc which seems strange as it is part of the same country now.  But from getting on the MTR (train/tube line) to get into Hong Kong island, you can feel a big change already.  For a start it is clean and modern looking,  advertising are in English and people seem polite - not pushing to get on and off the carridges.

Signs around warn of HK$2000 (about 130 pounds) fine for spitting!  Have we arrived in civilised a china??  Even the taxi driver speaks english!

We have problems finding a guesthouse that has a suitable room, and in the end we check into a place with a room hardly big enough for the double bed and no windows for the price of a 4 star hotel in china!

I hastily set off in search of surfing, arranging to meet Helen at the Sky Lounge in Kowloon later for the famous Hong Kong light show.  I make my way to big wave bay, which is on the far east side of the island.  The beach is quite small, surrounded by high cliffs on either side.  For the size there are tons of surfers.  I walk up along the cliff top trail enjoying the views out to sea.  It has the usual comforting and calming effect.  I find out about renting boards and decide to leave come back the next day to get a full day in now that i know the score.

I head back to Kowloon on the MTR and arrive at the station at 7:00.  I decide since i dont have the address, that i will hop in a cab to get me to the imfamous bar.  Of course, none of the drivers have a clue what im on about, so i resort to asking anyone else i see, people working in shops, security guards at the station all to no avail!  After making a call to directory enquires im looking at the time and its 7:45! Im thinking that maybe im all out of luck and will have to do my own thing when i see a someone with a full on backpack who must have a loney planet on him!!  I chase him down and thank god he has!  I take down the address and run off to get a cab.  I get to the bar with minutes to spare before the light show starts and order the quintessentially british G&T!

The light show is impressive, although the narration in the bar is like the commentary on the national lottery!  "And next is the impressive AIG building, now look at him go!"

The next day I get over to Big wave bay in the morning and hire out a board and hit the waves!  The surf is much smaller than the day before, and not many people are getting much rides on the waves.  I decide to try out a longer board and the change helps me get a few decent rides in (as well as one or two wipe outs!)  - Sydney here I come!

We meet up in the afternoon and Helen has been on a mission to get the best deal on a new digital camera.  We go along to shop offering the best price to ask a few final questions and make the deal.  2 hours later Helen is the proud new owner of a Cannon EOS 400D with an 18-200mm lens complete with anti shake technology....  and to think that i suggested a point and snap!

We go for out last Chinese meal of the trip and get a nice bottle of Austrialian red to help it down.  It is only the second bottle of wine we have had all trip!

We go out for a couple of drinks and catch the tram back over to our guesthouse, which is novel!

Next stop Singapore.....

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