Getting our Bearings

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Our first full day in Hong Kong was filled with nothing but walking and exploring. We found our way to the subway and bought a rechargeable ticket card to take us around. The subway in Hong Kong is amazing, I'm not entirely sure how long each train is but my guess is around 150-200m long. The crazy thing about them is that they're not divided into separate cars but one really long car that has hingesto be able to wind around corners. When you try to see the end of the train as it goes around a corner and straightend out you can't, it just goes on and on. We really enjoyed using the subway system there, even though it was so large it was VERY easy to figure out.

Once we got to what is called central station we decided to walk to the Hong Kong zoological and botanical gardens as it was free and we figured that would be a good start. There they had monkeys, turtles, tons of birds, reptiles, and lots of local plants and flowers and I (Jackie) took forever taking a million pictures.

We then took a tram up a very steep hill to 'The Peak' of Hong Kong which looks over the whole city and harbour and has some amazing views; too bad there is so much smog though, visibility is reduced to just a few miles. At the top of The Peak is a viewing platform for which they charge you to go up to but luckily we noticed a sign at the next building advertising that you can go up for free to the top of their building. It is one storey lower but it's still the same view! At the bottom of the tram ride they had a ticket both for a combo ticket for the tram and also Madame Tussaude's but we didn't know where the actual Madame Tussaud's was and thought it would be all Chinese actors/actresses we didn't know so we decided just to go for the tram. Once we got to the top though and saw it was in the Peak building and the advertisements up their had famous people from all over we regretted our decision...especially when we saw the non-combo ticket at the entrance was more than even the combo price and we definately weren't gonna overpay that much. They did have a Pierce Brosnan sculpture outside and we got a picture of James with it so we didn't completely lose out.

Next we went to the Hong Kong Park and got to see Olympic square and we took a tour of a teapot museum...very exciting stuff, haha. We were going to see some other things across the harbour in the evening but were still a little tired from the day before and now exhausted from walking the entire day so we headed back to the hostel. Getting used to walking everywhere again is going to take some getting used to considering we've been driving in a van for the better part of two months.

For supper we found a noodle soup place that was packed with locals and because there was no english we just pointed to a picture on the wall and actually ended up lucking out, the food was pretty good. I'm sure there will be a LOT more of this pointing and crossing our fingers style of ordering food in China. During our search for supper and looking around in awe of all the people around us we compared all the foot traffic to a saturday at West Ed before christmas!....later we learned it got a lot more busy than that.
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