Arrival in Hong Kong

Trip Start Feb 07, 2010
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Wow! we have finally arrived in Hong Kong!
The second that you step out of the airport the contrast between the huge mountains and the sky scrapers hits you, views are incredible.

Hostel is in Mong Kok, just off the popular Nathan Road, room is on the 13th floor so have a great view down over the busy streets and markets.
The humidity is unbelievable and by the end of the day i am walking around with a HUGE ginger afro, i look HOT!

On our first day here, I'm ashamed to say that all we did really was sleep and eat. To our suprise the food is really cheap and excellent quality. We ate in quite a nice restaurant the first night and it came to the equivalent of 7 pounds which is about $70 hong kong dollars, and the portions are very large, so keeping up with the tradition of always leaving something on your plate isn't very hard at all.

Our hostel is opposite the famous 'ladies market', where people are always offering you Tiffany's jewelery and Chanel bags! (if only they were real). There are street signs hanging into the roads, all lit up, giving the classic image of hong kong! I also spotted a karaoke bar, i really want to sing 'like a virgin', I'd be just like Bridget Jones!

Ventured down Victoria harbor today where you can look out over Hong Kong island, the sky scrapers are enormous, with almost every electrical brand having a prime spot. We came back here a few hours later to watch the 'Spectacle of lights', where all the buildings are illuminated and have lasers shows into the dark and very cloudy sky. It was one of those moments that just give you goosebumps to watch!

At the bottom of Nathan Road there is the infamous Chung King Mansion, this is one crazy place! Kind of sums Hong Kong up in one really, absolutely manic! I got a bit scared so we made a sharp exit before anybody else offered us tailored made suits or Rolex's. Hopefully i'll man up abit and we will head back in, as the restaurants are meant to be great.

Found a little piece of harmony in Kowloon Park, Chinese temples, and areas for Thai Chi make it so relaxing, and really nice to take a breath from all the hustle and bustle! Again, we ate for ridiculous prices tonight, $40 for 2 massive portions of Chicken Noodle soup and green teas! I think it is safe to say that we wont go hungry in Hong Kong.

Lots planned for the next few days and pictures to follow!

All my love,
Laura x

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