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Trip Start Jun 08, 2005
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Thursday, June 9, 2005

Well, I've made it to Hong Kong! The flight was uneventful, though a good flight should be uneventful I guess. From my little seat in the gassed up budgie the views of our big red friend (Australia) were most attractive - the bright red country makes a surprisingly spectacular contrast with the azure waters and coral atolls along the coast line which we skirted for quiet some time during the flight.

I've been blown away with Hong Kong, firstly I have to say that the warmth is fantastic(30C with a slight breeze) and the buildings are spectacular with sky scrapers dotted on the most unlikely terrain and draped in robes of neon lights. It was really impressive to arrive into such an alive city at night time. However, the following day I was less than impressed with the thick layer of smog which seemed to interrupt the otherwise perfect cityscape. A city like Hong Kong raises questions in my mind surround the logistics of how so many people live in such a small area of seemingly inhospitable land. Where does their waste go? Where does there rubbish go? Where does there water come from? Maybe I will have to find out.

Clearly Hong Kong is a destination for shoppers, so luckily for me it seemed as though I was in the right country to purchase a new digital camera. A few hours walking the streets of Kowloon ensured that I was baffled by every swift dealer in the city! Tired of that I settled for doing plenty of people watching and I took a trip across the harbour to sort out my visa. One of the great things about Hong Kong city is the foot paths above the city, one can look down on all of the traffic as opposed to battle amongst it and that makes for nice walking. It's also really easy to get around.

Out of curiosity I am off to have a look at a 'goldfish market' which apparently sells more than the average goldfish - snakes and reptiles feature in their marketing ploy! Best I go and brush up on my camera skills.
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