Trip Start Apr 03, 2009
17Trip End Apr 19, 2009
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The plane landed at 7:18am Hong Kong time (3 hours behind Melb time), and we got our bags and got onto the bus. We travelled on the bus for about half an hour, before we got to our station
At the hotel, we re-fuelled with some food, before Dad called his Dental Rep, Karen who was in Hong Kong as well with her husband Arthur and her daughter Delaney for her birthday. We met at the lobby and went out. Where did we go to first on our first day in China? Somewhere that obviously exhibits all Chinese culture in one place-McDonalds! We then walked to the ferry, and took the ferry over to the other side of the island. We walked to the famous mid-levels escalators. We took a series of escalators up to the top, one after the other after the other. It was pretty fun as we took silly photos, using the escalator as a type of timer, the photos had to be over before we got to the top of the escalator. I don't think that the escalators are a type of tourist attraction, but we made it one, which humoured the locals. At the top of the escalators, we walked down to a free zoo. The zoo was pretty small, but it was nice. It's in the most unusual place, which means that it doesn't have many visitors, so we basically had the place to ourselves. We saw all the animals, they were mostly different species of monkeys, apes and lemurs. We saw this one monkey, breast feeding its young
We took a train to "The Peak". It was a train that was super, super steep. Think a rollercoaster as it goes up to the top just before a big drop. The view was beautiful though. We got a really good look at it as we expertly snared the best seats with army precision.
We ate McDonalds for lunch at the peak.
The view from the top of the Peak was amazing. Although it was foggy, it was still pretty easy to see all of Hong Kong. It was windy, also, which made it a tiny bit scary. If you put your head over the balcony, a huge rush of wind blew up from underneath. It was like a hairdryer, with the air just blowing so fast up. We stayed up there long enough to admire the view and take the appropriate number of photos.
We went back down and had a picture with a wax version of a Chinese superstar. I have no idea what his name is or what he does, but he must be pretty well-known to have a wax version of himself. I don't know, it's just a guess.
We took the bus down to the ferry pier and took the ferry back across. We said good-bye to Delaney, Karen and Arthur, but we would be meeting them for dinner
At our hotel, we slept. It had been a pretty long day so far.
By the time we woke up, it was time to go out to dinner. We went to a nearby restaurant, and the food was really good. We ate and ate and ate until we were completely stuffed.
We left the restaurant and went to the night market. A few tired ones retired to the hotel; Liam, Robynne, Mum, Ash, Laura and Hayley.
We took the subway to the night market and walked the whole way down. There were some really funny things on sale, and some things that we weren't allowed to look at. We didn't really buy anything, but we got a feel for what we would want to buy when we came back tomorrow. After we walked through the whole night market, and out legs felt heavy, we got back on the train, said our final good-bye to Karen, Delaney and Arthur and went back to the hotel.