Trip Start Jan 29, 2008
13Trip End Apr 30, 2008
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Kowloon that time of night is crazy, shops are all open all hours and have men stood outside on the street trying to persuade you to come in. They weren't as pushy as in Beijing though. We got up early as we only had one full day there and headed straight for the pier to get the ferry to Hong Kong island. I was in desperate need of a Starbucks and was lucky enough to find one down there. Ten minutes later we arrived on the other side and stood at the bus stop patiently waiting for the bus to bring us up to the Sky tram.
We got the sky train up to the sky tower. It goes up at at least a 45 degree angle up the mountain behind the huge tower buildings around Hong Kong Pier. The views from there were amazing even if it was a little bit hazy. From there we headed through Hong Kong to get to a buddhist temple, I can't remember the name of it now but it was filled with locals coming in to offer prayers. They all light about ten incense sticks and leave them to burn, you could barely see five feet in front of you for the cloud.
We walked back to the Harbour through Soho, not all that at midday but had to be done.
We took the next available ferry out to Lantou island which boasts the largest buddha in the world I think. There's something like 250 steps up to him - forget lbt classes Shaunagh, this trip is the best work out I've ever had. We were on the very top of a mountain there and all you could see all around was almost tropical vegetation again very beautiful but not nearly as cosmopolitan as Hong Kong island.
Does AIB have offices in Hong Kong???