Underwear & Swimwear expo rocks Hong Kong

Trip Start Oct 22, 2009
Trip End Dec 08, 2009

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Friday, October 23, 2009

After the 12 hour flight from Heathrow, I was pleased to learn in the baggage reclaim hall that I wasn't too late to attend the annual Underwear & Swimwear exposition. Some interesting themes this year and I understand Speedo in particular are pushing the boundaries.

It took me about 90 minutes to get from Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport (more interesting names to follow!) to my hotel (Renaissance Harbour View Hotel) based in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong Island. 

After quickly dumping my gear, I headed straight out to explore the city getting the 'Star Ferry' from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. 

Once across at Kowloon, I was able to take a nice sunsetting photograph from where I had just travelled - with views across Victoria Harbour

Kowloon itself is a vibrant, bustling place - home to many of the designer brands you'd see on 5th Avenue and on Bond Street and also to various specialist markets (electronics, fashion, jewellery, etc.).

Indeed, with reference to the fashion market which can be found in Kowloon, I saw my first Wanko store today! Market leaders in sunglasses no doubt! 
A trip on the metro also throws up some interestingly named stops such as Mong Kok, Hung Hom and Jordan (there wasn't a Peter Andre - sadly I did look).

On my way back to Hong Kong Island - a light and music show lit up Victoria Harbour which was good (hundreds of people were watching it).

I managed to get lost on the final leg of the journey back to the hotel - another extra couple of miles walking. Tomorrow I will go on one of the organised tours and see how it compares with my ad-hoc tour. 
My first impressions of Hong Kong are good :-) 

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robontour on

Re: Where's the swimwear pictures?
A valid point which has raised some concerns with me also. It must be the jet lag!!

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