Welcome to Asia - Day 1
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As the plane began to desend into Hong Kong international airport, I was already in awe of the Asian landscape, unlike anything I had ever seen before. Tiny islands of nothing but green hills sprouted from the ocean in a strange sporadic way, but they were magnificent all the same.
I bought my 3 day Ostyer card at the airport and set off on the Airport express train to find The Harbour International Hotel on HK island. The views from the train...even before I actually set foot on either Kowloon or HK island..were just incredible, especially before you draw nearer to the crazy hub of downtown Kowloon. In contrast to the Hong Kong that sterotyping had described to me over the years, I saw tiny settlements by the water, wooden huts with suspiciously unsafe piers for fishing boats and a tranquill-ness that had me mesmorised within roughly 10 of leaving the airport.
To this day Hong Kong and its surrounds remian the most diverse location I have ever seen, even compared to New Zealand. We stayed in Wan Chai, a place i would recommend to anyone. Perfect location for the Star Ferry to Kowloon, and right on top of the some of the best nightlife in the city. However....beware!!!! Do not get pissed and stupid and think it is a good idea to drink imported Carlsberg all night like I did. Amidst my hangover the following morning, after partying away at the famous Typhoon Bar, I realised that myself and my travel buddy had spent more on beer than it cost for the hotel for two nights!! (I had thought it extremly strange that the staff in the bar seemed to warm to us so rapidly. They bombarded us with free shots and the DJ played out requests until the early hours of the morning.
Repulse Bay, only 40 minutes south on the bus from the Central Business District is an absolute must see. I was stunned by the beauty, a total contrast to the density of the city. Here you find only relaxed natives enjoying thier weekends, chilling on thier beautiful local beaches. Make sure you dont forget your swimming knickers like me though!!!!!