Wan Chai -
Following the previous nights escapades, we slept in til nearly midday - destroying my ideas for a boat trip to Lamma Island. We still managed to make the most of the day though, simply by wondering around Wan Chai's street Markets. Now, ive been to many a market before, but this was something else!!! There was merely a two metres between the stalls on either side, with hundreds of people fighting their way through the crowds. Saying that, it wasnt in the slightest way intimidating; every single person we meet or encounted was absolutely fantastic, un-fearfully helpful, kind...... and more often than not greeted you with a contagious smile (pretty different to the London I am used to!).
The best and worse part of that particular experience was the 'meat' for sale. Of course, skinned and hanging, I mostly had no clue to the orgin of the animal before me, but I knew it was certainly something you wouldnt find in the UK, and certainly not hanging in the open air like that. Being pro-veggie, it wasnt something that inticed me, but the sight of it was unmissable - such a culture shock.....but one that I welcomed despite the cringe factor.
Walks in Wan Chai
My last evening before our onward pending flights into Auckland, and south again to Queenstown, was put aside for the thing I been looking forward to the most; The Peak. I can see it now, just writing about it.....
We ended catching a taxi from our hotel to take us to the tram station where you book your ticket and wait for the ancient (yet totally kosher) tram to take you on the 8 minute ride up the mountain side.
Its actually quite shocking the amount of community up there; I was expecting a gift shop, a resturant....some public toilets maybe. It was brimming with activity. The main building which houses the main viewing area is massive, and you ride perhaps 8 or 9 elevators to reach this viewing deck, and at every level on the way up there are amenities in the shape of gift shops, boutiques, amusments....even a huge Bubba Gump resturant and ajoining shop. I tried my absolute best to not seek a peek at the view on the way up the elevators, which stands next to an emormous glass window that covers the side of the building... I was adamant to wait until I reached the absolute top....which I did.... :) FUCKING AMAZING!!!!!!! It wud have been incredibile to catch The Symtphony of Lights from up there, but the singular lights and occasional lazers from the rooftops of the skyscrapers were reason enough to visit, and as previously mentioned, it remains today the most awe-inspiring sight I have ever seen. Everyone was silent......looking out at this mess of lights of civilisation, from which not a single sound emerged. Ill definately be going back one day!
If you look closely you will see that the scaffolding on that SKYCRAPER is actually lengths of bamboo tied together!!