Hong Kong.... In the Rain!

Trip Start Jun 08, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Despite the rain (continuous heavy down pour) I've had a pretty good time in Hong Kong over the past few days. Scott (friend from Hamilton) has been hanging out with me, along with a British chic, Nichola a new found friend.

Stanley markets were pretty cool, the trip there was part of the fun - around the other side of Hong Kong Island we caught the bus to get there. A pretty impressive trip, I'm continually amazed at how Hong Kong blends everything so well - old vs new (buildings), green vs grey (parks/buidlings), hills with water. I refrained from any purchases (except a jade necklace) while Scott at Nicola shopped up a storm, both have flown back home this afternoon so were well placed to buy lots.

We tracked down some dim sum this morning, this had proved difficult but Scott and I were on a mission! We ended up at this Chinese restaurant that was full of Chinese (us being the only Europeans, what a treat it was - well worth the mission! Dim sum is traditional Chinese breakfast/brunch with multiple dishes (dumplings, spring rolls etc) we successfully gorged ourselves of all things dim sum! I was surprised that the dishes were so sweet... sweet dough like bread wrapping pork dumpling etc.

We also went up the peak tram - a pretty fantastic tram that treks 400m above sea level behind Hong Kong city, steepest angle at about 27C... abit of a trill ride really (as far as trams go!). Was abit of a shame about the weather though, but we squeezed in afew crappy shots between the clouds!

Before Scott arrived, when it was actually find, I had managed to also go all the way up the escalators (800m of them also behind the city)and have a good look through the Hong Kong park which has the most amazing aviary with walk ways through which you can wander and enjoy the birds, have a sit down etc. A real shame that the weather hasn't really been conducive to doing those outdoor things over the past couple of days though, mind you if it hadn't been wet we probably wouldn't have also had such a good look around the Art museum and the space museum. I can't say that Chinese art is really my thing, but there were afew contempory pieces that took my eye.

Anyway, I'm off into China in about half an hour - heading to Guangzhou and then hopefully on to Chongquing. It sounds like a pretty huge trip - 40 hours + on the train ahead of me! One would seem that the sightseeing is about to end and the real travel about to begin. I'm armed with Mango and Rumbutarn to keep me company though, not to mention my book and trusty Ipod! Had better go and navigate my way through the rain to the train station.
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