Hong Kong

A few days in Hong Kong and Macau brings our time in Asia to a close.  HK is cold – 15 C or so, so I end up wearing all my jumpers at once.  So bear in mind when looking at the photos that I haven’t suddenly put on a lot of weight, I am just well-insulated. 

We are staying on the touristy Nathan Road. 

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On arrival, we are delighted to find out that our room has a window; a rarity in budget HK hotel rooms.  Later on, however, we find out that there is a downside.  The neon lights outside mean that it is permanently daylight in our room.  I can read my book at 2am with the lights out and the curtains drawn. 

On our first night we head down to the waterfront to see the nightly “Symphony of Light”.  It’s very foggy so the light show isn’t very impressive, but the waterfront itself looks very cool and Bladerunneresque. 

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The next day we tick off the three main transport icons of HK.  In London, I guess the equivalent would be taking a double-decker bus, a black cab and going on the tube (mind the gap!).  Here it is:

1.  The Star Ferry

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2.  The Peak Tram

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3.  The Mid-levels Escalator (which claims to be the world’s largest outdoor escalator, but is actually a series of short escalators.  To my mind, that doesn’t count.  But I’ve still got the Kinabalu climb in my legs so I’m grateful for any assistance in getting up steep hills). 

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The Peak Tram takes us to the top of Victoria Peak.  This is supposed to offer excellent views across the city, but as you can see we picked the wrong day for it. 

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We also visited the zoo, the cinema (The Artist) and went out for dinner in Soho.  Friday night in Soho is spookily like being in London. 

On our final day in HK we start off in Kowloon Park.  It is a Sunday and there are many people there, stoically picnicking despite the chilly weather. 

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Then we head to the HK Museum of Art.  They’ve got an exhibition of artefacts from the British Museum.  Why see it for free at home when I can pay HK$10 to see it here?  It’s a really enjoyable exhibition called “Fantastic Creatures”; depictions of dragons, unicorns, werewolves etc from all different countries and eras.  We wore ourselves out with that exhibition, so we didn’t actually go and see any of the permanent collection of actual Hong Kong stuff. 

More photos of Hong Kong on Mr Beet’s flickr page. 

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2 thoughts on “Hong Kong

  1. Thanks for the warning about the weather. We’re arriving in Hong Kong next week… last stop before we head back to the UK!

  2. Don’t be too scared; that’s meant to be a hyphen in front of the 15C not a minus sign. Anyway, the dismal weather seems to have followed us to Sydney, so maybe HK has now warmed up.

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