Holy High Rise Hong Kong

Trip Start Dec 21, 2007
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Trip End Feb 08, 2008


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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Wooohoooo - well we made it 15.5 hours and almost 10,000 Km's later! You can tell we're in Asia alright. Lines and fast moving life of the airports. Thank goodness for moving walkways to get you moving along quickly. Was it ever nice to be on one's feet and moving around. We did manage to stand at the back of the aircraft for about 40 minutes at one point visiting and drinking wine or coffee and baileys. Flight attendants snuck us several bottles of wine for the journey.

Immigration was a breeze and we got our first stamps on our new passports - tres cool. Grace grabbed directions from tourist info, then we ended up being approached by a few guys who offered a ride into the City. One guys was overcharging, but the second guy asked the proper amount so we went with him. Good thing, cause the red cabs looked pretty small. My arse they can seat 5. Even 5 Grace's would have been snug. Ocean had a toyota mini van which was perfect. Blast that air econ Ocean - yeah! Drive in was very dark, but the lights were something else. Went over one of the engineering marvels - a lengthy bridge and through the cleanest tunnel any one of us has ever seen.

Hong Kong is essentially one high rise after the other. All condo's, apartments, hotels, offices. Checking in was easy breezy and we were both upgraded and placed on the same floor. Almost all of the floors were non-smoking - yeah!!! Most indoor areas were the same. Well we get into the room and walked in maybe 3 meters and Sherry almost trips over the bed. I tell you, they make the most use out of the smallest space. Very, very, tiny rooms. Twas about 3/5 the size of our living room at home all combined.

Dropped our bags, then went for an adventure walk. Checked out a bunch of roads, lanes and streets right by our hotel and popped in for a bite to eat at a restaurant full of locals, so thought it would be a good one. Sure enough it was. Sherry's spicy chicken sent the eye's a watering and the cough started. That's what happens when one inhales, instead of swallows, a chili pepper. Pass the water...

Started to rain but we were determined to check out the infamous lights. We stopped in at a 7-Eleven and grabbed a beer then walked towards the harbour front. Well we missed it by 15 minutes! Oh well, that's life. That's what happens when your plane is late. Drat! Decided to just walk back to the hotel and call it a night (was after midnight anyway). Wanting to get an early start cause we had plans for the next day.

Here we go with the time change. Yep, in bed around 12:30 and wide awake by 3:00am. Forced ourselves to stay in bed until at least 6:00, then quit fighting it. Popped down to the buffet and had a great breakfast to start the day. Showered and packed and were ready to go out the door by 9:00. We all headed over to the ferry to go from Kowloon to Hong Kong. It was amazing we were able to find our way everywhere. Both Sherry & Grace were the map queens. Chris & I followed and used our general sense of direction. Between everyone, never a lost moment.

We paid a whopping 30 cents for the ferry ride over and back. Once we arrrived, the high rises just never ceased. Make the most use out of the space. All kinds of funky little lanes and such. Also hills everywhere. Toured around the downtown area (part of it) then headed for the Tram to go up the moutainside. It only took about 8 minutes to reach the summit. The view from there was unbelievable. Seeing throught the smog and mist and fog was challenging though. Made the most use of our time, then started to head back after lunch. Weaved through the streets, found the ferry and made it back to the hotel with 5 minutes to spare. There was Ocean, our driver from the night before, with a big smile. Wandered around the airport after checking in, found a Starbucks and enjoyed an afternoon coffee before boarding Cathay Pacific. Made it down to the boarding area with literally minutes to spare. One of the last ones on board! No waiting. This flight was practically magical compared to the last one - only 1.5 hours - man, we blinked and voila, welcome to Manila.
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