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With one of the commerative bears celebrating 10 years since Hong Kong rejoined China.

It was a short flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong...just two and a half hours, so my valium held up for most of the journey. It was our first flight with Cathay Pacific and it went really well, or at least as well as my flights can go!!  In no time at all we were coming in for landing, with the view as we flew in to Hong Kong's very futuristic airport being spectacular...we could see all the islands and the famous sky scrapers in all their glory from above and it got us all excited for the next leg of our trip.  A short bus journey larter and we were getting off outside the massive building that housed our hostel, which was on the 13th floor!  Not unlucky for us, we hoped!!

We stayed in Kowloon and decided to go and explore the city the next day.

The peak tram about to drop over the edge of the cliff...
We went to the harbour and took the star ferry across to Hong Kong Island (for just 22p each!...excellent value) . The ferry journey was very short but incredibly scenic, since the skyscrapers from both sides of the impressive harbour are on view...  Next up was an open top bus ride that took us through the busy business district of Hong Kong island, where every building seems to be owned by huge multi national corporations going by the signs, to the tram station where we were catching the famous tram car taking us to The Peak.

The Peak is one of the highest points in Hong Kong and from there you can see all the tall buildings below. To get up to the top you take a tram ride that goes almost vertically up the hill! I was not pleased at the prospect of this tram ride but agreed it was easier to do that than climb the God knows how many steps to the top.

The awesome view overlooking Hong Kong from the peak.
Actually I was quite good....I did have to hold onto the chair in front fairly tightly, white knuckles and all,  but there was no screaming or anything. The ride lasted about 15 minutes and the views from even here were stunning, whetting our appetite for what was to come.

When we got off the tram, we rode the 5 or so escalators to the top....the view from there was fantastic. We could see all the skyscrapers in the city and the harbour too. We had heard that the skyline of Hong Kong is a sight not to be missed and we have to agree having seen it for ourselves...  We messed about for a while, taking loads of photos of each other from the top and marvelling at the spectacular sight before us (personally, I was not in too much of a hurry to go down the almost vertical drop in the tram!).

The skycrapers begin coming to life for the light show.
  We dragged ourselves away after 45 minutes of happy snapping, resolving to return some night for what must be an amazing night time view...

On the way down the escalator, John spied the EA Games shop which had loads of consoles so that you could have a go at playing the very latest video games...it was so interesting...yeah, right...I played with the camera for a bit while John tried out the games. The trip down the hill on the tram was again, not too bad and I actually had a conversation with John as we travelled (I was facing up though, so I couldn't see the drop).

That night, we went to Victoria harbour to watch the Hong Kong light show where many of the buildings along the water's edge on Hong Kong Island light up to music...The music is not up to much at all and is pretty cheesy, but the light show was good.

The impressive nighttime city view.
The buildings have different coloured lasers and lights that 'dance' with the music...when you think that at least 20 - 25 huge skyscapers participate in this show then it is quite impressive, and the best thing is that it's free (we are such backpackers!).

So, after a busy day that was really fun, we needed a rest....but we had booked ourselves on the train to Beijing the next day....express train....25 hours, non-stop! It had better be comfy!!!

 

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Larking about on the peak.