Getting to know Hong Kong

Trip Start Sep 05, 2011
Trip End Nov 07, 2011

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Friday, September 9, 2011

So we're in Hong Kong. A while ago when we were in England, I remember watching one of those travel documentaries about the world's most dangerous airports, and Hong Kong was featured. When you fly in here you see exactly why! We were hoping of nice views of skyscrapers from the plane window, but there was nothing to be seen apart from dense fog. We couldn't see the ground until we had landed, god knows how the pilot managed. Everyone on-board gave a round of applause when we touched down, I think grateful they were still alive!

After almost 48 hours of constant air conditioning since check in at Heathrow we both agreed it would be good to get out to breathe some fresh air. We were definitely made to regret that statement as we were hit by 33 degrees of sticky unbearable heat!

We spent most of the first day exploring Mong Kok and Kowloon. This mainly involved diving in and out of air conditioned shops and visiting the ladies market (that isn't just for ladies). We were in bed by 8:30pm absolutely knackered from lack of sleep and heat!

On the Thursday we decided that to last a full day we would need the Hong Kong metro as we had seen briefly the day before it is fully air conditioned. The metro is very impressive and puts London's Underground to shame. The carriages are wide, there is no horrible sounds of scraping metal, they even have TV's showing the news and full phone signal on them! Oh and the tickets are very cheap.

We ventured over to the main Hong Kong Island to do some exploring and even found the longest escalator in the world. It kept on going for a good 15 minutes.

One thing that we have found funny is the pedestrian traffic light crossings make the sound of a pneumatic drill when you are meant to cross. It does hurry you across the road though!

In the evening we went to the harbour in Kowloon to see the light show that the many skyscrapers across the river beam into the sky. The skyline is very impressive and photos do not do it justice!

We finished the day by eating at a Chinese restaurant, our first Chinese meal. Ordering was easy enough, but when it came to eating; that was a different story. Mike has never eaten with chopsticks in his life and there is no other option unlike in England. After we both struggled eating, the restaurant staff took pity on us and showed us how to use chopsticks, we didn't even ask! It was after they showed us for a second time that they came back with forks. They also took our noodles back into the kitchen and cut them up for us haha. It's going to be a difficult nine weeks ahead. I'm sure we will definitely lose weight!

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Niki on

LOL about the chopsticks in the restaurant!!! It looks aweeeesome!! hope youre having a brilliant time, i'm so jealous... makes me want a chinese ha ha.
lots of love Nik xxxxx

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