Activities in Hong Kong

Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
Trip End Mar 03, 2011

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Our time overall in Hong Kong has been amazing. Such a different place compared to the few places I've been to in mainland China.  It’s been good to be in such a modern city again – it’s as though there’s a fusion of 2 cultures here – Chinese and Western.  Here you can walk along streets, not get stared at and see many people that aren’t Chinese.  Things here are much more expensive than the mainland but still not too bad when comparing some things to England.  The food here is good as well – and I’ve eaten western food, Chinese food, Korean food and Thai food.

The city is constantly busy at pretty much any time of the day and night.  There’s the constant traffic noise outside and people walking up and down the many narrow and wide streets.  One thing I’ve noticed is that there are always 'smells’ whilst walking around.  If you don’t get the smell of pollution almost choking you as vehicles go past, there’ll be smells of various foods being sold along the streets.  We’ve been to a number of markets (such as Temple Street Market) and large shopping centres such as Harbour city, Langham Place, Time’s Square and the IFC Mall  - all of which are huge and expensive places to shop!

One of the places we went to since we’ve been here is Victoria Peak – a large hill next to the city.  We took the ‘Peak Tram’ to the top and numerous escalators to the top of the viewing point.  Once there, the views that overlooked the harbour and the city were amazing.  Fortunately it was a good day – sunny, and so we were able to see across the city clearly.

The Avenue of Stars was another place we went to which pays tribute to some of  Hong Kong’s most famous people in the film industry.  However, as you’d probably guess, I didn’t know a single person.  From the Avenue of Stars, you can look across the waters to Hong Kong Island where some of the most impressive buildings are.  The views looking across are also spectacular, especially if it’s sunny and clear.  We watched the ‘Symphony of Lights’ light show in the evening which featured lights and lasers from some of the tallest buildings in Hong Kong.  It wasn’t bad, but as it was free, couldn’t really complain!

On Sunday we went to Stanley which was quite a nice area.  Going here felt as though I was on holiday as it felt quite ‘touristy’ with not so many Chinese people and being close to the sea.  We went to Stanley Market  and walked along the waterfront.  It felt good to be out of the ‘rushed’ atmosphere of the city and not have the sun be blocked out from all the tall buildings.

The next day was spent on Lantau Island.  We took the Ngong Ping Cable Car which is 5.7km long.  The ride was great as it offered great views over the hills, parts of the city and you were able to see the whole island which was built just for the airport.  It was great to be able to see another side of Hong Kong other than the busy streets, loads of people and built up areas.  We walked through Ngong Ping Village and then headed up the 268 steps to reach the Big Buddha -  the tallest outdoor seated bronze statue of Buddha in the world.

Yesterday was spent at Ocean Park – it wasn’t bad.  However, as it’s on a hill there’s so much walking up and down, and all the attractions are spaced quite far apart.  I’m sure they could’ve planned it better!  At the park there were a number of animals such as pandas, otters, fish, birds, a dolphin/sea lion show and various other shows such as a small acrobatic show.  There were a few rides there built into the side of the hill all giving good views of the surrounding hills and the sea.

Tomorrow we’ll be heading up into mainland China by train to a city called Guangzhou.

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