Trip Start Jun 13, 2007
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Arrived in Hong Kong absolutely knackered as i can't sleep on Airplanes, the American sat next to me was very sympathetic right before he fell asleep for the entire flight. Bastard.
Most signs 'n that are in English as well as script so it was easy to get to my hotel - where i slept for about a hundred hours! Explored some of the city the next day. The scale is unbelievable and quite overwhelming really, specially for a humble northerner from 't shire. After a while it all starts to look the same and is actually quite boring. Food is awesome. Travelling alone is a bit of an arse because it's so busy they are reluctant to give you a table. Chinese food tastes very different to Chinese takeaway etc etc blah blah. In fact i got quite a lot of evils from the locals. I logically assumed i resembled some kind of mythical antichrist equivalent, the literal white devil incarnate i suppose.
Hong Kong is a consumerist mecca, but instead of circling a big cube and throwing rocks they circle labyrinthine shopping malls and throw hong kong dollars. I got to extend my ambiguous relationship with the ubiquitous asian 7-11. They are everywhere in asia (there is one at the gate of a national park in Ko Chang in Thailand :-/), they take money from local stalls/stands, and i suppose they are up there with McDonalds in the corporate globalisation race. On the other hand their Air Conditioning is AWESOME. In the tropics it's the marketing equivalent of crack. It always brings me back for another hit. But oh my gosh don't they just know it.
Hypocritical capatalist ponderings aside, i enjoyed Hong Kong for a day or two. My camera screen was broken on the flight over so didn't get many pictures and it's set to constant flash so the ones i did take are a bit shite! Finally got my China visa, and stupidly got a train to Gangzhuo. More on that debacle later...
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