15.05.2006 23 °C
We got the ferry from Macau to Hong Kong, an amazing view as you pull into Hong Kong harbour, the photos just dont do the site of all those skyscrapers justice!
Anyway we headed straight to Kowloon where we were staying and it was just as I expected, chaos, people, traffic, noise, smells, flashing neon lights everywhere. Great fun!!
Food was amazing even though we had no idea what we ordered at times, bars were cool, decent cheap beers, loads of people partying, certainly not the dull dreary communist city I feared it would become after my last visit here in 1996. Frankly it is now far better than when under British rule, the infrastructure is better (the trains and ferries are great), the roads and traffic far better than I remember and streets far cleaner.
The hightlight was the view from Felix Bar toilet!! The toilet urinals are against a huge plate glass window on something ridiculous like the 64th floor. The floors are glass too, nothing like taking a wee whilst being stood suspended several hundred feet up in the air!
The Peak Tram was cool but they've been refurbing it so the Peak station is under scaffolding but I'd never tire of that view from the top Of Hong Kong island.
It's pretty knackering walking around as it's such a hilly place. TheStar Ferries are awesome, the views you get as you go from Hong Kong to Kowloon islands are jaw dropping and all for 3 1/2p too!
Hong Kong Disney had just opened whilst we were there so popped out and tried that out, much smaller than Paris or USA but still pretty cool, hearing Mickey speak in Mandarin was quite amusing!
Well after a week or so (can't remember now) we were initially heading off to Manila but due to a coup happening there that was kyboshed so at this stage Chris headed back to Thailand whilst I headed back to England for a few weeks to sort out some family/personal issues and catch up for a few beers with my friends!
Trip to be resumed in May, next stop Australia!