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Hong Kong

...And So The Journey Begins!

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IMG_3899.jpg IMG_3902.jpg Hong Kong - familiar yet unrecognisable, so much like any other big city but yet so unlike anywhere else at the same time. With it's towering scrapers and busy shop fronts it could be any city in the world, but what separates Hong Kong is its juxtaposition of beautiful mountain peaks that form the backdrop to this 24 hour city. Infact, more than 70% of Hong Kong is made up of hills, mountains and tropical forestry! On Monday we'll be hiking up Victoria Peak - we could take the historic Peak Tram to the top, but I need to burn off all this delicious food somehow!
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Today we took the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour from Hong Kong Island to mainland Hong Kong and Kowloon - a MUST do if you're situated on Hong Kong Island, if only for the spectacular view it gives. We took time to walk the harbour concourse and took some photographs of the view of HK Island. We then walked the 'Avenue of the Stars' - Hong Kong's version of The Hollywood Boulevard! A great opportunity to appreciate everyone from Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li to other world famous superstars including the legendary Yu So Chow, Fung Bo Bo and William Chang Suk Ping... Hmm, maybe not.

We then vanished into the city's neon-clad streets, bustling with shops selling everything from tailored suits to traditional herbal medicines. If you've got money to blow, there's Chopard jewels and Rolex watches aplenty! (Slightly out of our price range unfortunately!) There's also lots of restaurants catering for varying tastes and budgets! After a bit of a wander we found a restaurant within one of the many shopping centres, and what a find it was! A dinner of beef steak and udon noodles cost the bargain price of $HK45 - which is about £4!! It was a delicious wagamama-esque meal, only slightly dampened by a gradual losing battle with our chopsticks! What's wrong with a knife and fork?!
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Tomorrow we're heading again to the harbour, but in the evening, so as to witness the Symphony of Lights display - a laser-light show projected from atop the skyscrapers across the harbour - apparently not something to miss!

Although first impressions of Hong Kong are just that of a city filled with shops and skyscrapers, there's so much more to it!! Hong Kong is dripping with history, so tomorrow we're also making a visit to some of it's many historic museums. Kowloon is also home to a picturesque park with a Chinese garden, which we're told is worth a visit - we may go along there tomorrow with a picnic!

Hong Kong is the first stop on our RTW trip and I am so glad it is! It's nice (if a bit strange) to be in a place so far away, but which has so much to remind us of home - we've already made two visits to McDonalds!!

Posted by AmyRossiter26 10:01 Archived in Hong Kong Comments (4)

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