On our way to the Peak
After a gruelling ten hour flight me and my buddy arrived in Hong Kong at 07.30 AM local time. We had a few hours to kill since our flight to Sydney wasn’t leaving for another 15 hours. So despite being exhausted and feeling kind of dirty (and not in a good way), we dutifully lined up at customs. Didn’t take very long until the customs officer kindly gave us our first passport stamps of our trip.
We took the train from the airport to downtown Hong Kong. Very modern and fast transportation I must say! Very ‘different’ from the Dutch trains we were used to (can’t say it any friendlier than that!).
Despite our fatigue and the smouldering heat in the city, we enjoyed every minute of it! A very clever layout, impressive high rises and very clean streets with friendly people helped us to enjoy our single day here.
The Peak train riding into the station
Our first order of business was the Peak. One of the highest points of Hong Kong with a spectacular view over the city. We got there courtesy of the Peak tram, an ancient little train (over a hundred years old) that has some extreme elevations on its route. Kind of scary at moments, since there are no windows in any of the carts, but the view you get once you’re up there is phenomenal! We were told we were lucky; apparently there’s fog most of the time meaning you can’t see a whole lot, but the weather gods were in our favour. Nothing but sunshine so we could make as many pictures as we wanted!
When we got back we wandered straight to the business centre of the city, where we suddenly found ourselves standing before famous skyscrapers, like the Bank of China building. It became more difficult to enjoy ourselves though; we were pretty knackered from the flight and combined with the scorching heat that made for a dangerous combination.
The smart thing to do was to take the subway to Kowloon.
We got a few minutes of rest, and were out of the sun, before deciding to head back to the airport. There was plenty of time to do and see more, but fatigue caught up with us…
What a view! The Hong Kong skyline as seen from the Peak
The last 6 hours we had in Hong Kong were therefore spent on a bench in the departure lounge, trying to get some much needed sleep before our flight to Sydney, Australia!