Awesome skylines and teeny tiny hotel rooms!
Trip Start Jun 26, 2009
180Trip End Jun 29, 2010
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We met the weirdest but nicest jewish guy on the sleeper from Shanghai who royally pee-ed off the Chinese family sharing our sleeper with his loud chat about everything and anything! Very very funny bloke...
So we hitched a lift with Steven to Chungking Mansions where we promptly found our hotel amongst a sea of identical hotels. It was a very weird set-up as the building was massive with the ground floor filled with small shops, mostly selling electronics or indian food and the floors above were flats that had been converted into hotels
The room itself was teeny! It literally had enough room for a double bed and a "bathroom" (ie a toilet cubicle with a shower over the loo). Still, it had AC and a flat screen TV on the wall.
On our first night in HK, we were welcomed by Stu and his friends with a meal down Rat Alley (which was so yummy!) followed by drinks at the ice bar and then a bar crawl. Stu's girlfriend, Crystal, introduced me to caramel apple martinis which were to die for! Needless to say, we had sore heads the next day...
The next day, we went up Victoria Peak to look at the views which was amazing. The tram up was good fun but pretty steep! We made our way to Victoria Gardens at the top and, as usual, the heavens opened when we had nowhere to dive under cover so, needless to say, got drenched! And... when we got to the top, it turns out that they're currently renovating the gardens. Dammit! Still, the cool breeze at the top made the trek up totally worth it!
We spent the rest of the day generally exploring Kowloon which included an amazing meal at Gaylords, an Indian restaurant with live music!
Sunday was spent having brunch with James (my friend from uni) and his girlfriend and friend, followed by a trip to the Big Budda which was wicked (although it took ages to get there!).
Hong Kong was great fun (and we managed to get a cheap laptop!) and the skyline is breath-taking... But it's just too pricey for pikey backpackers like us so we had to get outta there! Highly recommended for anyone who has a bit more money though...