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Dressed for the weather as always

So, off to Hong Kong!


After breakfast we caught a cab to the airport. Our flight wasnt scheduled to leave until 1.20pm but after the hassle we had checking in for the flight to Bangkok we wanted to make sure we arrived in plenty of time. Turns out we had more time than we thought as our flight was delayed until 2.30. We had no problems checking in, we even got checked in at the first class desk as the group in front of us were taking forever to check in. The flight was pretty uneventful, not even customs took more than five minutes to get through.


We caught the airport express bus to our destination, which is in Kowloon, just across from Hong Kong Island.

Into the market we go
Our hostel is located on the seventh floor of an apartment block, which is very strange and our room has two single beds, a tv & air conditioning, but no windows! The last few days have been very rainy, it is apparently already the wettest June on record and some parts of China are completely flooded.


We didnt have a guide book so the first day we got the MTR (underground) down to the Harbour front where there is a massive shopping centre (we got lost in it several times) to buy one. Hong Kong is a bustling metropolis, vastly different to Bangkok. There are skyscrapers everywhere, with restaurants, hostels, pharmacies and a host of other shops & services located within seemingly ordinary apartment blocks, only the huge billboards hanging overhead advertising their presence. In the harbour you can see across to Hong Kong Island, along the waters edge are huge buildings with large neon signs stating who owns them, behind which looms towering mountains, mostly clouded in fog as the weather has been so bad recently.

She was very good!


We have visited a couple of markets. There is a 'womens' market, which sells clothes, toys and household items, all very steriotypical and the 'mens' market which was much more interesting and sold all types of gadgets. We didnt buy anything, even though I was very tempted to buy a Mr. Bean teddy from the dog accessories stall!


On Sunday we went to Kowloon park as there is a 'Kung Fu corner' where local amateur martial arts groups perform each weekend. It was a mixed bag, ranging from some dodgy middle aged people performing a silent routine to a very cute seven year old girl performing a very good solo routine, with some groups doing a couple of lion dancing routines. We then headed down to harbour front again to stroll down the 'avenue of stars'.

Hong Kong Island
China has a pretty long list of martial arts stars but I only recognised a few. The main star, Bruce Lee (of course) had a life size statue, while the rest had name plates along the walk. We spent a few hours down at the harbour, waiting until 8pm for the Symphony of lights. Each evening there is an 8 minute light show set to a piece of music which occurs, with major buildings along the lengths of the harbour front being lit up in a whirlwind of colours. It was very pretty but adds a lot to the monthly electricity bill I bet!


Yesterday we caught the MTR to Lantau Island where we got the Ngong Ping 360 cable car up the mountain to see the Tian Tan Buddha, the largest outdoor Buddha statue. As it was so quiet we got a cabin to ourselves, something that normally costs 1800HKD cost us just 88HKD! (thats 5.

Yep, we had to walk up those
72). The view going over was amazing, it took us a good half hour to get to the top of the mountain, and we could see the Buddha statue from quite a way back. Once at the top of the cable car ride we walked through Ngong Ping, a small village selling various touristy bits, to the base of the statue. We then had to climb 400+ steps to reach it. We had to make several 'photo' stops, but eventually made it to the top, admittedly huffing and puffing a fair bit. The view was incredible, two mountain peaks capped with mist on one side and an amazing panarama on the other.


On the ride back down we again had a cabin to ourselves so I took the opportunity to get down on one knee and ask Rachel to marry me. Thankfully she said yes!! We spent the rest of the ride back grinning like idiots and immediately emailed everyone to tell them. We will be shopping for a ring when we can. The only down side is we cant really celebrate here, homosexuality being illegal still and all so we will have to wait until we hit Australia before we can really have a night out. We did celebrate with a bottle of beer and an ice cream though!

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Dressed for the weather as always
Dressed for the weather as always
Into the market we go
Into the market we go
She was very good!
She was very good!
Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong Island
Yep, we had to walk up those
Yep, we had to walk up those
Kowloon
photo by: Chokk