HK day 2

Trip Start Nov 09, 2012
Trip End May 31, 2013

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Dan's flat
What I did
Sham Shui Po Hong Kong
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

We got up after about 12 hours sleep (well I did), around 10ish, and decided to go to Stanley Market, which is renowned for being quite cheap and interesting. So we took a bus for 40 minutes, which only cost about 2 pounds, and it was so cool as from most parts of HK you have a beautiful view, so we drove along the coast and could really see how cool HK was. It is like a peaceful and tranquil Island meets bustling London, as there were huge skyscrapers everywhere but these amazing mountains and scenery integrated with it.

At Stanley market I had my first proper experience of haggling, we looked around most of the area, bought a few presents and things. I felt bad though as the difference in haggling was only about 10p, but it was fun anyway! Then we got lunch around the corner at a shopping mall, I got a McDonalds, and before you roll your eyes at me mum, HK is known for having the worlds cheapest McDonalds and Colin (the Farrel's dad) recommended I should check it out! We sat overlooking a lovely port and great scenery.

Then I headed to Sham Shui Po, where Dan lives. The girls went back to have a power nap. I met up with Dan after using the MTR (the underground system) and his friend Charlie, he showed me his place. It was very different to the Farrel's place as the area was very dense with people and Dan's place was much smaller. However I think I preferred this as it's very well immersed in the culture and it seemed to give a much more realistic view of what Hong Kong was actually like, which was really different and interesting. I got the impression Dan really liked it there as he was able to practice his Chinese with the locals, like the diner by his house which we went to.

Then I headed to the Hong Kong Cricket Club (not actually a cricket club), to meet the girls and the Farrel's for dinner. However I didn't know how to get there, so I asked a bus driver and he said it was his bus, so I got on and he took me to the Hong Kong Jockey Club (obviously a mix up in translation) so I had to get a taxi to the cricket club and turned up just in time for desert, so not all bad. Then we wen't back to the Farrel's where we had champagne on the roof! So that was day 2, and I was knackered as I was still jetlagged.
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