Looking for Hostels and Victoria Peak

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

12:05 Four of us are out looking for a hostel today. We started by seeing what Katrinas hostel is like. On the way there we went over a pedestrian bridge, to find a man with matress, sofa and drawers living on the bridge! I was quite surprised he's not been moved on. It's very hot today but I have my 3/4 shorts on. Katrina's guesthouse - the Anne Black YWCA was full so we're going to mirador mansions and Chungking mansions to have a look at a few and pick. Me, David, Becky and James will stay together where we choose.
12:52 We started our search at Chungking mansions, it really is um, disgusting, dirty, small, smells of curry, just a bit horrifying. Full of Indians and Africans it seems. One Indian guy came up to us as we waited for a lift and asked if we wanted to see his rooms, so we went with him. The first place he took us to is completely indescribable. I'd rather have slept on the bridge than in that, it was appalling. All it was missing was a mad person chained to the wall and a bit more dirt. We were fractionally more pleased by his 2nd choice of rooms. We decided not to bother seeing his 3rd set, if only because the corridors of chunking mansions were so smelly and dirty. If this is real Hong Kong, I don't like it much and I wouldn't want to live here.

Next we went onto mirador mansions and actually looked at the ones lonely planet has listed - cosmic guest house, world wide guest house and man hing lung hotel but they were all either full today or full tomorrow, so we're going to try hong kong island instead. The Mirador corridors are much cleaner, don't smell and brighter, so we felt better about it generally.
14:04 Some of us have not eaten a thing yet today, and feeling thoroughly miserable we went to Pizza Hut for a cheap lunch special. I had a Salad and lasagne! It was a great change to have some mince and pasta.
15:25 Having arrived in Causeway bay which is near the Yacht Club where i have temporary membership, we went to see another hostel listed in the lonely planet, it was a lot nicer than what we'd seen before, the owner was really nice and friendly but it was expensive and small.
This is now a bit depressing and tiring.
16:21 Today seems extraordinarily busy and hot.
17:13 I phoned 2 hostels to ask about rooms, only to be told they have no rooms, and then when I said I looked earlier today they fevers they did have a room after all! Trouble is, it's Saturday night and so expensive. I am on my way to look at a room now I've booked for 250, just to see if it's acceptable. Then I'll meet everyone back at 6pm to go out to the peak. I've managed to book a hostel in causeway bay tomorrow night with the potential to stay longer for 150 for a dorm room, Dave is coming too. This hostel is near the yacht club. Having seen so many varying levels of room I'm a bit shell shocked as we've spent all day doing this.
18:53 I'm sorted, and actually my little tiny room in the USA hostel isn't bad at all.
20:09 On the number 15 bus up to the peak now. I'm pretty sure I've just seen the building my dad used to work in which looks mighty small next to the other buildings here. The highrise buildings here seem a mix of commercial and flats, and all look very smart. It makes me wonder if I could afford to live anywhere here. I spoke too soon, there are also some scruffy looking flats here with all the laundry hanging out the window!
20:27 Driving up Stubbs road, there are some smart flats here and the night view over the city is once again, just breathtaking
20:40 I've just passed Stewart terrace, (where my mum and dad lived and I spent the first 6 weeks of my life) a little bit after number 87 Peak Road and I've just passed the Matilda hospital where I was born!!! That was both exciting and surreal.
We've stopped at The Peak Galleria which is some sort of viewing platform and incredibly commercial shopping centre/restaurant haven with big tv screens and music. There's all the usual- starbucks, mcdonalds, burger king, haagen daas, delifrance, 7-11, and inside even more of what you know.
The price up to the viewing terrace is HK$30, and it's a hell of a view. I was able to use my Octopus card to go up there too. It seems that this additional viewing platform was built in 1997

22:13 On the bus going back down to the city (the tram was rammed) I can see that the Aberdeen side of the island is a lot smaller and more consistent in the building sizes.

Best: going up the peak at night and seeing my parents old house, the hospital and HK by night!

Worst: the depression generally of the day

Beautiful: view from the peak
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Phill on

It's lovely up on the peak at night, make sure you go over to lantau and see the Buddha.

Alex on

Oh yes I second that, the Big Buddha on Lantau Island is well worth the trip. I enjoyed the food in the monastery as well, quite basic chinese grub but very nice.

Andrew D on

I'm pleased you got to hong kong, and that you're enjoying it so far! I posted your HSBC forms to the yacht club as you requested about a week or so ago now, so fingers crossed you have them! Let me know. :-) xx

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