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December 28, 2008
Myself and 2 friends arrived into Hong Kong International Airport about 4:30pm. Not knowing what to expect we were all abit on edge and very tired from our flight from Canada to England and on into Hong Kong (21hrs) Upon deboarding the aircraft and making our way to the customs counter we were approched and told to remove our ball caps, at first I thought why on earth do we have to do such a thing but then I relized we were about to pass customs and of course in our passport photo we have no hat on.
After clearing customs and wating for our backpacks I began to notice how friendly the Chinease peolpe are and how they were going above and beyond in every instance to help us with any question we had.
Our choice of accomadations are hostels and the cheaper the better as I really wanted to feel the culture of this city at its best. We arrived at the Chung King Mansion around 6pm it took about 5min to find our hostel which was located on the 3rd floor, the name of the guest house was "li's guest house" we had booked a room online through hostelworld.com and had expected a 3-bed dormstyle room but were told no they don't have them so we get a double and one king for the price 100.
Upon reaching the 8th floor through one of the most wicked stair wells I had ever seen in along time our helper said "here" through a door and whammmmm home sweet home perfect room fit with bathroom and shower! (room size 6 feet wide and 9 feet long, 3 peolpe and a mattress of 2 inches (comman for asian hostels)
The adventure started around 7pm after we all had showers and headed out into "organized confusion" again I notice how clean everything was no garbage in the streets not even smoke butts anywhere! (wow take notice Americas) all the buildings were about 5x times as tall as the ones i'm use to in Canada and seemed to be better kept.
Found some food in a back alley shop, eat some massive bowls of war wonton and drank beer for about 15hk dollers, then decided we'd turn in for the night.
As I layed in bed that night not really falling asleep as fast as I thought I would I really was content and happy that I had made this trip and it was all seeming to just fall into place.
The streets with all but a hint of trash so bare but so busy, the people again smiled talking on cell phone using laptops, eating, drinking....
hrmmmmm Hong Kong wow you have amazed me in only 5hours.