Blogs from Kowloon, Hong Kong, Asia - page 4


Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon September 16th 2016

I read an article that says that Hong Kong is the most expensive city in the world to live in. The article goes on to say that its citizens are relatively well paid, so they can generally cope with these high living costs. This goes some way to explaining why the hotel dining room was jam packed last night with people willing to fork out a hundred and ten Australian dollars, plus drinks, for a buffet, while we were filling ourselves up with sausages at a much cheaper German restaurant down the road. There are four other Chinese cities in the top 20 on the world's most expensive cities list. Other featured cities include Tokyo, Singapore and most of the cities in Switzerland. The list also includes a bunch of dangerous places in Africa. It seems ... read more
The Whampoa Mall, Hong Kong
Vegetation on the hotel roof, Hong Kong
Junk in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon September 12th 2016

We must have been very tired. When we wake up it is one o'clock in the afternoon. We decide to go wandering. When we walk through reception we see a set of four steps covered in red carpet in front of the counter. Issy says that this is so that four year old billionaires can pay their hotel bills. We walk along the attractive waterfront promenade in front of the hotel. There seem to be a lot of things that you're not allowed to do here. There is a very large sign saying 'no swimming, no cycling, no smoking, no gambling, no littering, no dogs, no climbing over the railing, and no fishing'. There are about twenty people fishing. One of them has climbed over the railing, and is using the top of the 'no fishing' ... read more
Kowloon from the hotel roof, Hong Kong

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon September 11th 2016

Unlike the flight from Venice to Dubai, the flight from Dubai to Hong Kong is jam packed. Issy says she can never sleep on planes. I'm not surprised. She watches movies that would give me nightmares for months, and I can't even hear the dialogue. We land in Hong Kong and go to an ATM to get some cash. It won't give us any. We try again, and then try to get a smaller amount. Issy then tries with her card, but all to no avail. We wonder if there is something wrong with the machine or if it has run out of cash, but the person behind us doesn't seem to have any trouble. We don't have any money, and if we don't find some we won't be able to get to our hotel. I ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon August 15th 2016

Hong Kong Holidays So D day finally came after numerous lovely goodbyes from everybody surprise parties and more days out and food than i can count. Must have gained at least 5lb in getting ready to leave but I suppose that will help in case I don't like anything out there right? After a very sleepless night I got up and started going through the motions OMG I can't believe this day is here how do I feel scared excited emotional I have no idea but I know if my hands don't stop shaking I'm not going to be able to finish packing this bag! Bring on the wacky races to the airport first pick up Adam what comes on the radio but I'm all time tear jerker purple oh no I'm totally not going to ... read more
Mahjong tiles in the hostel
Hostel lodge where I'm typing this blog :)
Views from the hostel

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon April 30th 2016

HONG KONG - 29th March A big turnaround of passengers and crew today which would lead to utter chaos in the afternoon. Passengers were also transferring from Queen Mary (berthed further out) onto Queen Victoria to complete their world voyages. We have been here a few times, so a little retail therapy was in order. Hong Kong is undoubtedly one of the most exciting destinations, an impressive skyline outlines the harbour which is full of sampans, junks, ferries and cruise ships. We docked on Kowloon side and I think for the first time there was little pollution and clouds. We were able to see the Victoria Peak quite clearly throughout the whole day. We were not leaving till quite late so there were trips to be taken around the harbour to see the lights. There is ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon April 15th 2016

From high skyscrapers to low houses on stilts We have now finished the second and final blog entry from our vacation in March, in which we have collected photos from Hong Kong. We arrived in Hong Kong early in the morning and took a taxi from the airport to Kowloon and the hotel where we had decided to stay our first night. This particular hotel was located on the top floor of Chungking Mansions. Chungking Mansions is a popular place to stay for budget tourists since there are many cheap hotels there. There are probably more than 100 hotels in the same building. Pretty much the entire building is divided in small units and each unit is a hotel or a guesthouse. Chungking Mansions has a reputation of being extremely rundown and filthy but also being ... read more
Chungking Mansions
Victoria Towers

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon February 28th 2016

No, I am not talking about the New York City. In the past, I roamed around the lower and upper Manhattan in odd hours in the night with my friends and Suman, my future wife. We circled in the Central Park, hung around in the Greenwich Village tasting their famous onion rings, landed in the dark alleys of Harlem in the middle of the night. Yes, those were my fun days from the yesteryears. And that’s when we came to know that the New York City never sleeps. But I am not talking about the New York City here; that’s the story for another day. It’s another city that stands in the opposite side of the globe, and I found it also never sleeps. You got it! It’s Hong Kong. I was flying to Hong Kong ... read more
Waiting in the Honk Kong international airport
Christmas decor

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon February 25th 2016

On my first trip to HK, I stayed in Kowloon. I saw many things, spent plenty of money and may have gotten lost a few times, but did I visit the Chi Lin Nunnery? No. I didn't know anything about it so I was surprised on my second trip when a friend, who lives in HK, said she would take me there. I admit I wasn't expecting anything wonderful as it hadn't crossed my radar the first time round. My initial reaction was one of shock. It was just calmly sitting there, with high rise buildings providing a contrasting background, offering the most peaceful sanctuary I have ever visited. I fell in love with it and didn't want to leave. I had spent my entire life looking for the sense of tranquillity that I discovered there. ... read more
Chi Lin Nunnery
Chi Lin Nunnery
Chi Lin Nunnery

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon February 20th 2016

A couple more museums are on the menu today so we hop on the metro to cross the bay. First stop is the post office. A whole lot of bureaucracy for a poor selection of stamps. No special stamps available, only the everyday variety. Not impressed with the territory's main post office! The tea-ware museum is located in the Flagstaff building, an old British colonial style affair. It was used by the British up to the 1980’s. Since it is currently being refurbished, only half the private collection is on display and entrance fees are waived. A beautiful collection of teapots dating back to the 1500’s. There is also an interesting film on how tea is produced and the rituals around the drinking of tea. The museum is found in a hillside park and there is ... read more
St John's Cathedral
Park Pond
A Junk plying the harbour.

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon February 18th 2016

Up early and ready to go. First project is to scout the perimeters, three blocks in each direction to find interesting restaurants, shops and parks. First in the order of things is breakfast. The closest was a fancy hotel but we found the prices exorbitant. Five dollars for a cup of tea! A little further on we saw some signs on a wall so we crossed the threshold. The restaurant was on the second floor. It looked more like a banquet hall but there was a number of older people scattered around the room. We were shown to a table and handed a menu that contained a few picks and small English text below the Chinese. Just like home where the language of the majority takes precedence. Nothing looked like anything we recognized as breakfast fare. ... read more
Waterfront Development

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