Final Day in Hong Kong

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April 27th 2015
Published: April 29th 2015
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Well thats it the last day but we still had plenty planned.

Up we got, showered and dressed, bags packed and had one last look at the view from our room before checking out.

Once we checked out of we headed to the metro to the Admiralty area and a walk up the hill through Hong Kong Park to catch the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak on Asia's oldest funicular tram which runs to the top through the high rise buildings.

At the top is Peak Tower an anvil-shaped building with shops and restaurants within it. Once inside you can pay to go out onto the roof, this is worth doing just for the 360 degree views over Hong Kong and the surrounding area, simply amazing, it was a hazy day but the view was still amazing.

After spending some time up at the peak and grabbing something to eat and drink we headed back down on the tram and walked down to the famous HSBC building to have a look at its design from underneath the glass floor, this building was designed by Norman Foster also known for "The Gherkin" in London.

Whilst here we also went and looked at the famous two bronze lions who protect the building, known as Stephen and Stitt after two bank employees in 1935, these guys have some interesting history which you may want to look up yourself.

From here we went back to Hong Kong Park, by now the heat was well up into the 30's and it was humid, I will at this point admit to not having done enough research into the weather conditions prior to leaving and not packing the right sort of cloths.

Whilst here we decided to sit down and that was where we stayed for the next hour or so.

From here we went pack to the area we had been staying in and by mistake ended walking through Victoria Park where you could watch people playing football, tennis or carrying out Tai Chi exercises, this was all very pleasant.

From there we headed to the Star Ferry terminal and jumped on a boat to Tsim Sha Tsui where we waited for Symphony of Lights, this boat trip cost us about 25p each! This was well worth waiting for, to see the 40 odd different buildings lighting up and a laser light show to music is very impressive and very clever.

After this had finished we made a final crossing across Victoria Harbour, walked back to our hotel to grab our bags and then jumped onto the bus bound to the airport.

The rest of the trip I'm sure doesn't need explaining, a midnight departure flight from Hong Kong to Helsinki, an hour stopover and then a flight back to Heathrow where my brother-in-law Graham picked us up and delivered us home.

And that was it, the end to an epic trip, we have met some lovely people along the way, seen some of the most amazing sights, tasted some absolutely divine food and tried some strange delicacies, smelt smells people should never smell and smells I can't even begin to describe, spent time with Claire's cousin Marcus and gone to school with him for a couple of lessons and covered over 17,800km by air, 1587km by over night train, 809km by high speed rail, over 1000km by bus, taxi, metro, and cable car and as Claire will assure you with proof of her swollen feet covered miles upon miles by foot.

This truly has been a trip of a life time and to be honest I am said it has come to an end, I hope one day I get to go back to this amazing county to explore more as we have barely scratched the surface.

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