Arriving in Hong Kong and at the right hotel
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The flight went pretty well especially due to the amount of space in the plane, but one thing that I found pretty strange was that I entered the plane in the morning local time and I stepped out in the evening local time and the flight only lasted 7 hours.
We landed in the dark and we were parked at one of the last gates. The emptying of the plane went fast as there were no people onboard; we had a long walk to the immigration. Finally there we were hundreds of people in long lines waiting to get our stamp in the passport. After having passed the easy entry I picked up my suitcase.
After I passed the arrival area I went for the Hong Kong Airport Express train to Kowloon Central station.
Instead of looking for buses I had decided to take a taxi. The taxi area was well structured and I was in a taxi less than 5 minutes later. The taxi driver knew that I was a tourist and the first question is as always if it was the first time in Hong Kong, because then they bring anywhere to get to your target. We discussed the hotel name and he even looked at the booking, which was both in English and Chinese. Less than 10 minutes later I was standing in front of the hotel where I was met by the bell-boy that took my suitcase to the reception.
I went up to the reception and it turned out that the driver had managed to drive me to the wrong hotel, but luckily my hotel was only 150 meters further down Canton Road. I went out on Canton Road and just stopped up to sense the Hong Kong evening and just enjoyed the sound and smells of this magnificent city. I walked down towards the harbor just looking at the light and the people around me. The evening was quite mild, it was almost 20 degrees and I had a huge smile on my face.
I entered the right hotel that was situated almost at the beginning of canton Road; the hotel was next to a huge mall and the entrance was all marble and in the middle a Chinese good luck tree was taking a lot of the space. The reception area was huge and I was escorted to the end were an eager young man took care of my booking.
When I opened the door I really appreciated my decision of my upgrade. Just inside the door to the right I had a small room with space for the suitcase and the mini bar and safe. I started to check out the bar and picked out a Chinese beer before I even saw the rest of the room. The room was really large; at the end of the room there was a sofa group with a sofa, two chairs and a table. There was a flat screen on the wall opposite the huge bed with the bathroom to the right.
The bed was simply wonderful it wouldn’t take that long before I would be sleeping in that one. The bathroom was in two sections; one had the sink and the closets, the other the toilet and tub.
I fetched my beer from the minibar room and sat down in the sofa to enjoy my arrival in Hong Kong and a great hotel. The hotel was located in an amazing place; it was situated next door to a great shopping mall; The Harbor Mall and with all the brand shops you can imagine of Canton Road. Some of the other thing just nearby is the Ferry Terminal with the boats to Hong Kong Island and the Museum of Modern Art and the space museum.
On the opposite side of the Canton Road you have the 1881 Heritage and the beautiful Former Police Headquarter. You are also close to the Macao and China ferries that leave from the terminal at the other end of Canton Road. 5 – 10 minutes walk will also bring you to fabulous view of the Hong Kong Skyline and the Avenue of Stars. On the way to the Avenue of Stars you pass the well-known Peninsula Hotel where traditions queue up to taste a bit of the British decadence and colonial heritage.