Hot and Sweaty in Hong Kong

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One of my favorite images

It's a real scorcher - heat radiates all along the steel and glass canyons (thank you Bono) with the temperature at 32'C and a humidity of 85% people smell. So do I. I have taken the rattling tram from my hotel, along "dried seafood road" into the heart of town. Past such places as "The Minute Hotel" (I suspect this is the record for people staying there), Wendy Fashion (who Wendy is and what she knows about fashion is not clear), the &*%$£ ING Tower and many other wonderful sights I am struck by all the conversations that are taking place on the vehicle. Oddly enough though no-one is talking to another on the tram - almost everyone is using a cell phone. Even the 8 or 9 year old next to me has a cell phone that makes mine look like a good steal from the British Museum.

I drop 2HK$ in to the recepticle (you can travel anywhere along the tram system for just 2 HK$ a ride) and get off near the IFC One Tower - this is a massive tower that dwarves everything nearby.

The trams outside my hotel
This is where I catch the famous Star Ferry across to Tsim-Sha-Tsui on Kowloon.

My destination is Nathan Road - home to the worlds best bargain hunters and fake goods purveyors. Great fun to haggle yourself out of a deal and upsetting the local hawkers as they realise you are not - despite appearances - a mug. My favorite today was speaking to an Indian chap who called himself Kadish:

"Rolex sir?"
Instantly on my guard - never trust a man in the street who calls you sir

"Er...maybe..you sell Rolexes?"
"Yes sir..just this way"
He leads me into a small mirrored stall where a number of other westerners were being convinced of the quality of a rolex

"Take your pick sir"
He shows me a tray of ugly goldish garish glittering gumpf.

The Harbour (IFC Tower One is obvious)

"Er..I am not sure I actually like any of these..they are quite ugly arn't they?"
"No sir - the very latest fashion sir" (I am assured)
"Hmmmm - not sure I like them"
"You would impress all your friends sir"
"Yes - but I can make them laugh by telling jokes..I don't need props"
(He didn't get that one)
I pick one up - the least horrid of them all
"How much is this"
"A thousand dollars sir"
"Hong Kong Dollars?"
"No sir - US"
"WTF????"
"For you sir I do special price sir"
"How much will you give me?"
"Sir?"
"To take this carbunkle away and bury it for you"
"hahaha sir - very funny - 500 Dollars sir"
"Ah - drop by 50% huh? That is quite a drop."
"For you sir - a special deal"
"That is a special watch alright"
"Alright? You wish to buy?"
"Er.
Nathan Road - Capitalist Heaven
.no that is not what I said - it is too much"
"250 Dollars sir?"
"This is not a real Rolex is it?"
"Yes sir - is genuine!"
"It's a genuine something but not a rolex is it?"
"It is a copy sir, but very high quality"
"Kadish - if I would not buy a real one even if I could afford it why on earth would I buy a fake one?"

He got a bit angry at this point and I left despite much protest about good faith and time wasting.

Fun though.

I headed up Nathan Road, dodging other good-willed salesmen desparate to sell me a rolex and a suit (handsome man like you would look good in a tailored suit)

I was heading for "Fortress" - the only store on Nathan Road that you can guarantee that the products are not fake or "off the back of a lorry" and where you can use your creditcard with out letting others also use it. Here I managed to find what I was assured was the very last Green Ipod Nano 8GB in Kowloon for just HK$1500 ( US$193 and GB£94) for the long suffering Rachel who has to put up with my wanderlust - hope she likes it!!

Come to Hong Kong - it really is wonderfully dirty, hot, fast, buzzing and fun!!!

blenderboy says:
Hey Rob..Jim the Travel Agent in Milwaukee...Hong Kong one of my favorite stomps...I DID buy a ROL O DEX witrh diamonds ...lol...for only 20.00USD..quite the object de arte..lol...

Miss the star ferry..

On last trip had a typhoon while staying at kempenski ..stole the warning.... now mounted at our condo with a great pictures..my favorite signs are the ones stolen...lol...

Have u run across a Harley Store...looking for a patch thts says HONG KONG HARLEY DAVIDSON ??? Cost???

Do u ever get to the states...

Let us know.. A fine dinner with hours of "beat this travel story" await u..although I do believe I may have to conceed...lol

Jim in Milwaukee
Posted on: Oct 06, 2007
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One of my favorite images
One of my favorite images
The trams outside my hotel
The trams outside my hotel
The Harbour (IFC Tower One is obvi…
The Harbour (IFC Tower One is obv…
Nathan Road - Capitalist Heaven
Nathan Road - Capitalist Heaven
Star ferry - the pollution is clear
Star ferry - the pollution is clear
S - H - O - P - P - I - N - G wer…
S - H - O - P - P - I - N - G we'…
speaks for itself
speaks for itself
Star Ferry (the big one)
Star Ferry (the big one)
The old and the New
The old and the New
Hong Kong keeps getting bigger
Hong Kong keeps getting bigger
The sun sets
The sun sets