Sep 01, 2010
Jun 18, 2011
. It is so hot and sticky that you feel like there is no oxygen in the air, you can almost taste the pollution, and when you walk past a bus or taxi the heat that they give out makes you feel like you might keel over. Walking to our hotel our first impressions were 'wow' and 'hey its true what they say there is bamboo scaffolding everywhere which is very strong I hear. About 10 mins down the road we found our hotel. We knew that we couldnt check in until 2pm but had been told we could keep our bags behind reception, but when we arrived (very hot and red-faced) our room was ready and (joy of joys) we checked in early at 9am. We went straight up to our room put the aircon on and promptly fell asleep until 3:30pm!! After finally waking up and having showers (which are pointless, you are sweaty and gross two seconds after getting out) we went down to the main tourist area and harbour. Before we had flown into HK we had read about the cheapest michelin star restaurant in the world (a full meal for under £10) and, as it was only two streets away from our hotel, Tom was desperate to go. As we left the hotel we walked straight past the restaurant (its tiny!) and the woman on the door offered us a table, but after such a long flight neither of us were hungry and we said no. But we'll defintely be going back. We made our way to the harbour hoping it would be a bit cooler, however when we got there we discovered that in HK even the sea breeze is hot! After wandering around for a while we settled down to watch the Symphony of Lights, where they project huge lazers and lights from the buildings across the harbour. The show was really good but we loved just sitting looking out onto HK island before the show had even started. Seeing the skyline light up was quite overwhelming and was the moment when we both realised where we actually were, it was a really great moment. After the show finished it started to rain (and yes even the rain is warm) so we headed into a shopping mall and got our tea at a food court... Wanton noodle soup for Tom and dumpling noodle soup for Hayley. They were delicious! After tea we headed back to the hotel for an early night... and that was our first full day in Hong Kong!
Two days into our trip already and we have just had an amazing first day in HK. Collected all of our baggage at 7am HK time, (midnight GMT) and then headed off to find the express train into the city. Buying our octopus cards for the MTR (metro) and finding our way around has been really easy, we thought we were on to a winner when we got on the airport express, it was all shiny and new and hardly anyone on there with room for our bags. Well that all changed as soon as we hit morning rush hour, when we got onto the normal MTR lines. There were hundreds of people pushing and shoving and there we are twice the size of most of the commuters, plus wearing our rucksacks!! We even saw one poor fella almost loose his arm as he jumped in a carridge at the last second and the doors, not having sensors here, shut on his arm. We were half expecting to see his amputated arm lying on the floor like a scene out of Kill Bill, but he seemed happy to have squeezed into the train so we're sure he was okay! Once we got to our station and made it up the stairs to the outside the heat and humidity hits you like a ton of bricks, especially when you have just lived in an airconditioned bubble for the past 20 hours