Planes Trains and Automobiles
30.08.2000 - 02.09.2008 32 °C
Not quite - but we arrived by plane, took a bus to the hotel, the underground to Tsim Sha Tsui, a ferry to Hong Kong Island, a tram to the Peak, a double decker bus back to the ferry terminal and back on the underground. What a blow we forgot the pedometer!
Weather averages 32 - thankfully cooler today - only 31 degrees - with a little rain (although there is a rumour it is just pollution).
We're staying in Mong Kok - which has worked out wonderfully. So close to the underground - and the Ladies Market (yes a handbag!), Goldfish Market, Flower market, Night Market (bit of dodgy stuff - and no we didn't buy), another market which Simon originally said was the Ladies market - but i stumbled upon it today (day 3 and his plan was foiled ... handbag number 25 was bought!). In Melbourne you can go to little italy and every restaurant is italian, then you got to china town and every restaurant is chinese. In Hong Kong the streets specialise in the same way - ie the goldfish market is a street where most every shop sells goldfish or goldfish accessories, we stumbled upon the electronic street and every shop sells .... electronic gear - except the shop that is two cellphones lighter (and no - one is not for Simon).
Our hotel is suitable although we've finally solved the mystery of whatever happened to Fred and Wilma Flinstone's original bedrock bed - its at the Metro Park Hotel room 1036. Seriously we think the floor could be softer.
We've come across some interesting shop names and translations of food. Simon is always on the lookout for a bargain haircut and the prices here aren't bad - although even he is dubious about going to the "Hair Free Salon" he's not sure what will happen when he comes out!
We've also spotted some hotels that Simon says are quite reasonable - although i did point out they were "hourly"hotels - maybe not so cheap!
The underground is superb - we're locals with our Octopus cards (although Sarah keeps calling it an Oyster card - which thoroughly confused the seven eleven lady when we wanted to top up). Amazing to think you go underground across the harbour.
The light show was also a must see - and we think seeing it from Kowloon side is probably the best. Our final night - we had a drink at the Felix Bar at the Peninsular Hotel - on 28th floor. If you get a chance to go there - a must do is a visit to the toilets. Gents you'll be quite impressed with the view from the urinals! (Sarah was!). Ok confession - typing this after happy drinks! Rajesh if you're logged on - they have a booking for you in the hotel for October.
Thats it from HK - missing you all heaps hahaha - early shift for us tomorrow - 4.40am wake up call. Haven't managed the upgrade yet - but here's looking at tomorrow.
Will sort some photos when we're in London.