Mixed start

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Hong Kong diversity
We had an uneasy start in Amsterdam, because the flight got delayed for 4 hours. Since we had a tight schedule, we missed our connection in Hong Kong. This turned out to be a good thing, because we had the chance to have a quick look in Hong Kong, without really messing up our itinerary. My advice to Europeans traveling to South-East Asia or Oceania, with a stop in Hong Kong (or other Asian hubs like Singapore): make the stop longer, so you can have a look around. It's a nice start and I believe it's good for preventing a jet-lag.
The stop-over in Hong Kong was arranged perfectly by Cathay. We got new tickets upon arrival and a free hotelroom in the airport hotel to freshen up. For the hotel you already have to cross the border. Getting the visa is as easy as you can find anywhere, just filling out a form and showing it to customs, which gives a stamp instantly.
To get to downtown Hong Kong therefore didn't cost us any hustle extra. After a short search we found the train and were on our way.

On the way to the downtown area we passed the suburbs. These are not like the suburbs we know. It are just loads of skyscrapers in packs of 5-10 identical buildings. Being downtown we walked around a bit and we noticed a few things.
First: The area is loaded with taxi's. On almost each corner a line of taxi was waiting (green or red ones). Our hotel room had a view on the waiting area of taxi's where another load was stationed. Second: It's really dirty/filty. One time we saw a cleaner outdie, wiping an airvent dirty with carbon, I guess to turn dirty again within the hour...
The best thing about Hong Kong being a former English Colony, is that all signs are bilingual and therefore easy to navigate. On the other hand the jungle of walking-bridges can make a bit difficult to get somewhere in a straight line. Another nice thing: the double-decker trams. Hong Kong is one of three places where they can be found (the other being Alexandria and Blackpool, England). Besides the busses, trams and taxi's there isn't much other traffic in certain area's.


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Hong Kong diversity
Hong Kong diversity
In the waiting line...
In the waiting line...
Difficult to capture in one photo
Difficult to capture in one photo