Junk boats and a tram to the peak
Sep 01, 2010
Jun 18, 2011
. The ride last a couple of minutes and takes you right up to the peak. Considering how bad the weather was yesterday, it was quite clear today and we managed to get some good views from the top. We stayed for about an hour and then headed back down (we're sure that on the way down they just take the brake off and let it roll!). Once we got to the bottom we headed out to Man Mo Temple on the Island. On the way I had an egg tart (yummy) and Tom had a yellow bean pie (yucky) and we managed to get there without getting lost. I was really excited about going to Man Mo Temple because Man is the God of Literature and I couldnt wait to have a look inside. Situated in the middle of the city, the temple is really small but absolutly beautiful. Inside there were dozens of huge incense coils hanging from the ceiling and stacks of free insence sticks which you could take and offer to the statues. We watched a couple of people first and then followed suit with what they did. It was such an amazing experience and one I'll never forget.
Later that night we went out to the night market and, while most of the stuff there was tat, we bought some beautiful silk scrolls with paintings of the four seasons on. Having now mastered our chopstick skills we had tea at market-side restaurant. Tom had squid and I had veggie noodle hot-pot, it was perfect!
Today has been a brilliant day!! We had a lie-in until about 10:30 and then ran (and I mean ran, we were running really late) over to the harbour to catch a ferry ride around the harbour on an old Chinese junk boat. The boat was amazing, an old wooded and bamboo boat with huge red sails. We went around the harbour for an hour and then got dropped off on Hong Kong Island. We were feeling a bit peckish and lazy so we committed the cardinal sin of going and getting a McDonalds. I know! Hong Kong has some of the best food in the world and we ate an McDonalds. But don't worry I only had chips and Tom had a cheese burger, so it wasnt that bad! Then we walked out to the terminal for the peak tram. The tram takes you up the side of a mountain to the highest point (but we're sure we saw higher!) in Hong Kong where you can enjoy the view and, of course, get a Starbucks and BurgerKing. Well we didnt do either of those things, but the tram ride up was pretty hairy!! It goes very steep on the way up and pushes your stomach right into your back, we tried to turn around to take photos but you feel like you'll fall over its that steep