Hong Kong - 09/05/09

Hong Kong Travel Blog

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HK Harbour

We have arrived at our first destination! After a gruelling 11 hour flight we landed at Hong Kong airport at 7:10am HKG, which was really 12am GMT.

We landed a bit apprehensive about how we were going to handle the language barrier issues but to our surprise it appeared almost every single sign/advert is in Cantonese first then English. Even their tannoy announcements are the same, so despite still getting a little lost we found our way from the airport to the train station and purchased an Octopus card. This card is basically the 'pay as you go' of train travel, quite cheap at $150HKD each which includes a $50 deposit and $100 travel.

The train transport system is much better than the UK standard, people are quiet and respectful and the trains are impressively tidy with exceptionally easy to understand signs.

HK Harbour
  We got the train from Hong Kong center to Fortress Hill, which would be our temporary home for the next 4 nights.

Due to the fact we arrived so early, by the time we got to Fortress Hill it was only 9am and we could not check in till 1pm so we left our bags at the hostel and set off on an walk. My first impressions of the city were that although some tall buildings looked like a cramped council estates, they still retained much vibrant colour and a real feeling of life to them.  People seem friendly and many speak good English. There is a noticable lack of a middle class it seems, most of the cars that pass by are either luxury Porsche‚Äôs or cheap travel vans/trams.

Never the less the city is still rustic and beautiful looking, we were only a couple of minutes walk from the harbour to view across to the much more business side of Hong Kong which shines tall buildings of much more professional design and content.

Street scene
It very much looks like the pictures you see of the Hong Kong light show with the mountain background scenery.

On our walk we encountered a lot of health conscious older people who seem to often be walking around stretching and happy and a young respectful youth who are basketball mad. The amount of basketball courts around here are nuts, they are all good courts with sprung rims and you can not go more than 5 minutes without walking and spotting another one. There are also some delicious looking cake and bread shops and an impressive fresh meat and fish market. After a few hours passed we headed back to check in to our hostel.

Our hostel room would make a sardine can look spacious. It consisted of a table,  a bed and a small cut off shower room.

A park near North Point
I would say it was abut 5meters by 2.5 meters in size. It was ample for our needs though. After Lexi thoroughly enjoyed her cold shower we discovered the hot water switch on the wall which to be honest I had noticed while she was showering but was not curious enough to turn it on. Safe to say my shower was nice and warm. The air conditioning was a blessing and the bed quite comfortable, 'at least we would not suffer any back pains' we thought. Internet was depressingly slow but at least it was present. After showering we had a 6 hour power nap. At about midnight we  headed out to find some food, wondering what would be open at that time. We knew we wouldn't go hungry though, as there was a 24hour McCafe outside.

That is all for now, talk soon.

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Posted on: Dec 13, 2009
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HK Harbour
HK Harbour
HK Harbour
HK Harbour
Street scene
Street scene
A park near North Point
A park near North Point
Street scene
Street scene
Skyscraper
Skyscraper
Street scene
Street scene
Harbour at night
Harbour at night
Harbour at night
Harbour at night
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