After 80 days I spent in China I went to Hong Kong where my arrival was celebrated :-) by huge fireworks over the Victoria Harbour (between Kowloon
peninsula and HK Island). "Not bad" I firstly thought but was told later it was because of the opening ceremony of East Asian Games. Either my knowledge of sport events is ridiculously poor or the EAG have bad marketing because I didn't know something like this exists at all....What about you, my fellow Europeans??? :-)
The very first four nights I stayed in Tai Wan Hotel located inside the notoriously famous (unpopular?) building The Chungking Mansion, the real example of globalization. Everytime you walk in or out of the building a Pakistani guy will offer you fake watch, an African guy will ask you if you need a hotel and an Indian guy will tell you he is a tailor and will make the best tailored suit for you.
Kowloon Park offers an escape from a bustling city. Free Tai Chi or Kungfu classes possible :-)
My single room was of a size 2 x 1,5m and no window. Don't be suprised because this is the usual deal you get for 100HK$ in Kowloon. Later I moved to Youth Hostel Mt Davis located outside the city because I wanted to get some fresh air. It served its purpose but after 2 days I moved again, this time to Yesinn hostel because I wanted to be closer to Hong Kong's famous night life :-).....I think Yesinn is the best deal for a backpacker in HK.
As for the sighseeing I think I've seen and done all the highlights including the journey by a Peak tram to Victoria Peak
that offers fantastic view of the city or a visit to the Museum of History of HK which is one of the best museums I have ever seen. No wonder I spent there 4 hours as it was soo interesting and interactive.
Few days I walked around the Kowloon peninsula and went to see Temple Street which very popular amoung tourists but in my opinion quite poor. A visit to HK is not complete without a 5min journey from Kowloon to HK Island by an old-fashion Star ferry. One day I went to Stanley, a town at the southern seaside of the HK Island, but it was not much to do except for a nap on a beach....On Sunday I went Cathay Pacific HK International Racing which is said to be one of the greatest horse racing events in Asia. Unfortunatelly, my bet wasn't successful and I didn't win any money but the atmosphere of 56,000 chearing people was quite rewarding....On Saturday I went by a ferry to Lantau Island
to walk a bit and to see the Big Buddha, the world's tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha!!! Have you noticed all those adjectives that eliminated the statue's competition??? :-) Lastly, I enjoyed a bit of shopping and nightlife around Soho, Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai...