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Published: October 22nd 2005
Hong Kong, cant help but be awed looking at that skyline; we took the bus from Yangshao, 11 hours and a very nice travel gift provided by the bus company. A jar of spicy bean curd, I'm saving mine for a very special occasion.
Kowloon, the peninsular section of Hong Kong is where a group I travelled with from Yangshao set me up. A huge designer store on every corner, copy Rolex touts filling the streets, and never ending phone, camera, video game stores. Chaos but with manners. Its the seedier part of Hong Kong, would be a bugger in the hot season as its almost all concrete but the subway station is so huge you can nearly walk to the other side of the peninsula underground, nice but easy to get lost.
The area behind the row of skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island is what I enjoyed the most, the way the city grew over time and the sudden elevation gain gives this area a lot of levels. So much fills the eye, a park with a tram climbing behind it, a coffee shop just off a sky walk and an old government building with no sunshine from
all the tall buildings. Getting around is easy, the very cheap Star Ferry and electric doubledecker trams make up the original infrastructure while the subway and train whips you around everywhere else.
Hong Kongs night life is not too shabby, each bar or restaurant has its own idea stamped out, a colorful look and lots of expats. We ended up in a nightclub with a huge horse with Canadian maple leafs on its back side. An inebriated observation I'm afraid. The view from the top is dazzling, even better though are the countless running and biking trails all around. The south side is very breezy and sunny, several good beaches and bay side cafes all laid back. I got terrorized for a bit by 9 year old school children with English surveys. I had to run after I filled out seven.
Four days is plenty of time to see everything, you could even throw in a trip to Disneyland, which has its own train line.
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