Everyone was kung fu fighting......
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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.
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.
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'.
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.
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!