Arrival in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong Skyline from Kowloon

I actully managed to get a bit if sleep in the airport (about 4 hours worth).  Found a quiet spot, used my retractable chain lock to lock my backpack to the chair (and used it as a pillow) and fell asleep.  Alarm went off at 4:30 and I was surprised to find myself waking up from a restful repose.  Had to go the transfer desk and checkin to get my connecting boarding pass for the flight to Hong Kong at 5:00 AM when the counters opened up.  Then headed over to get breakfast and exchange the remainder of my leftover Baht from 6 weeks ago and made my way towards my departure gate.  Left on flight Thai Airways (TG) 600 right on time (A340-600, seat 58A - right in the very last row of the plane).  Another easy flight into Hong Kong, although there was one interesting aspect - several passengers were wearing surgical masks.

Kowloon Clock Tower

You probably guessed it - SWINE FLU!!!

I had seen the first reports on swine flu while still in Nepal.  Now one interesting thing about my travels was that I was still dealing with some remnants of my Khumbu Cough.  I felt fine but still had the occasional hacky cough from all the dry, dusty conditions up in the Himalyas.  So leading up to leaving Nepal and all through my flight into Hong Kong I was sucking cough drops like crazy to avoid any glaring suspicion.  Immigration in Hong Kong was interesting.  Had to fill in the health declaration form before passing through immigration and noticed several more people wearing the surgical masks in the airport. 

Finally cleared all the formalities and planned to take the Airport Express into Kowloon where I was staying.

Symphony of Light and Sound show in Hong Kong
  While the train itself was quick the overall process to get a ticket was anything but.  But eventually made it to the hotel where I was staying and checked in.  I was staying for two nights booked with some Marriott Points at the Renaissance Kowloon.  Felt that a few nights of pampering were in order after roughing it in Nepal for the last nearly 6 weeks.  And since it was basically free why not.  The really good news upon checking in - my package from the US was waiting for me on my arrival.  The package contained my 2nd passport which I obtained in order to process my Russian visa in the US while I was traveling.  The US allows a second passport if you can demonstrate that you will be traveling on your original passport while also needing it to process visas.
Symphony of Lights show in Hong Kong
  It's only good for two years though.

After checking in and finding an ATM to get some Hong Kong Dollars it was time to go out and explore.  Walked up and down Nathan Rd and if I had a dollar for every time someone tried to sell me a tailored suit or a fake rolex watch I might be rich.  I was ready to strangle some of these guys by the time all was said and done.  Now some will find this strange but after all my time in Nepal and my time in Thailand prior to that I had avoided the fast food craze either by design (Thailand) or simply because it didn't exist (Nepal).  But when I passed a McDonald's here in Hong Kong I had a sudden craving for a Big Mac and fries so I stopped in for a quick dinner.  Passed by an Internet Cafe but saved that for tomorrow, instead went out to the Harbor to watch the Symphony of Lights show on the promenade.  It was great that this was right next to the hotel so when the show was over I could meander back to the hotel, have a few drinks and then head to sleep.  While I may have slept briefly last night in Bangkok it was only for those 4 hours and it was on a couple of metal chairs as well so I was feeling pretty beat.

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Hong Kong Skyline from Kowloon
Hong Kong Skyline from Kowloon
Kowloon Clock Tower
Kowloon Clock Tower
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Hong Kong Skyline from Kowloon
Hong Kong Skyline from Kowloon
Hong Kong Skyline from Kowloon
Hong Kong Skyline from Kowloon
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Evening in Kowloon along the wate…
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Symphony of Lights show in Hong K…
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Symphony of Lights show in Hong K…
Symphony of Lights show in Hong Ko…
Symphony of Lights show in Hong K…
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Symphony of Lights show in Hong K…
Symphony of Lights show in Hong Ko…
Symphony of Lights show in Hong K…
Symphony of Lights show in Hong Ko…
Symphony of Lights show in Hong K…
Symphony of Lights show in Hong Ko…
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Symphony of Lights show in Hong K…
Symphony of Lights show in Hong Ko…
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