Hong Kong 2012

Leaving the order, cleanliness and safety of Japan we headed for Hong Kong, a good flight with no surprises and in about 3.5 hours we landed, bikes stashed in left luggage for three days and we were on a bus heading for…

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Already I could see and sense the difference, less order, not so clean or new, more frenetic and a real buzz about the place…

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We found our hotel, well actually the bus stops outside and a nice man pointed in the direction of the front door πŸ˜‰
Registered, bags dropped in the room and a quick shower and we were out in our new neighbourhood…

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The place really comes alive at night !!
We ate local the first night, BBQ pork and rice, good food and cheap but we knew we’d be heading further afield soon enough.
We’d heard about a night market and decided to go and take a look, fortunately the tube is only a short walk and as ours is the last stop on the line it’s easy to remember where to get off πŸ˜‰
The market was exactly as you’d expect, busy, bright, bustling with people and product, noisy traders bartering with equally noisy customers !!

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On our way to the market.

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Bright lights at the market !

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Restaurant menu, Hong Kong style πŸ˜‰

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Everywhere you go, someone is burning incense and paper and praying to someone or something !!
The following day saw us with a tourist tram card, good value and they give you a map as well detailing the top tourist sites and how to get there, always useful πŸ˜‰
We headed out to Lantau and the Ngong Ping Cable car, we even had a car with a glass floor, what a great ride…

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The cable car drops you off at a village where as per normal they try and sell you tourist tat, escaping that you find yourself on the way to…

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Another tourist thing but no need to pay this time as you can take photos quite easily without going up the stairs..

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Impressive !!
Next up was the martial arts display by the Shaolin Monks..

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Great display but damn it was hot standing still watching them, they must have been roasting !!
A quick coffee break then we hopped onto a bus to go to Tai O, and a boat trip round the village on stilts…

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We may have stopped for beer and food !!
Unfortunately Naomi had her sunglasses nicked here but bless her she didn’t let it mess up her day πŸ˜‰
Done with Tai O we were back on a bus for Kowloon and the Sky 100, Hong Kongs newest and tallest building and observation deck…

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The lift takes exactly 60 seconds to get to the 100th floor and is 393m up, great views but really hard to take good photos with glass in the way !!!!
Day two and a trip to Victoria Peak via cable car….

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More great views but this time, no glass..yippee….

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Like I said, great views !!
Back to ground level and a short walk to Star Ferry and a trip across the water, back to Kowloon..

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A quick bit of shopping and Naomi’s sun glasses were replace so back to the hotel to shower and change, we’re off to drink cocktails at the Felix Bar at the top of the Peninsula Hotel…

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Very swanky place but I think we fitted in quite well πŸ˜‰
At 8.00pm every night the buildings across the water put o bait of a light and sound show, the tourists all gather on the pier to watch so we joined them, quite a show, sort of fireworks with lights ….

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A quick trip on the tube back to the hotel and some local cuisine..

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And that was us finished for the night, our last morning in Hong Kong sees me uploading the photos of this wonderful time and writing my blog, we’ll soon be of to the airport and on our way to Kathmandu, although our trip has been cancelled were still going and with the help of Navin Gurung at the Royal Oak in Stokenchurch we will be well looked after, thanks Navin πŸ˜‰
All the best folks
JC

About John Chevis

I'm a forty something single guy who spent far to long depressed, but luckily for me I found an answer in the form of exercise !! I started running and cycling on a regular basis and now two and a half years later I'm cycling the world !!
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4 Responses to Hong Kong 2012

  1. navin says:

    Good luck and hope you will have a wonderful and adventurous trip in nepal…Dont forget the magic word “Namestee” which means greetings……!!!

  2. Ross Irwing says:

    Your adventure sounds AMAZING keep up the great blogs

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