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Published: December 7th 2009
After checking out from the YMCA we headed up Nathan Road, the largest and busiest street in Kowloon, and headed into a building filled with rooms for rent. We booked one for the evening at a fraction of the price we paid at the Y. We then headed to Victoria Harbour and paid for a hop on/hop off bus tour of the city. Also at the harbour was the Hong Kong walk of fame which showcased honk kongs cinematic achievements. The tour started in Kowloon and we got to see some amazing shopping areas and crammed markets selling everything imaginable. The shopping itself in HK is beyond anything I've ever seen. Shops are crammed every which way in pleuthora of mazes. One building might have 15 floors all of which have a hundred shops on each floor. Also every type of food can be found for every type of budget, we ate a full meal of roasted duck and rice which came out to about three dollars Canadian.
After touring Kowloon we took the ferry across the Harbour to Hong Kong island, you guessed it, home to even more skycrapers, shops and food. The city itself is home to seven
million people, 90% of which use public transit, making it one of the highest rates in the world. We saw the convention center and rode up a tram to a mountain peak where we got an awesome view of the city. Visibility was not the greatest when we were there however so it was tough to see all that far or take the greatest shots. Afterwards we ate at Bubba Gump shrimp company, it cost a ton but we were in a super tourist trap area so it's to be expected. Then again everytime I see a bubba gump restaurant I end up eating there. It's like a collection or something. I talked with one Hong Kong woman who was telling me winter makes her lazy. Funny thing is that winter there is around 18C so it's all about perpective, should have seen her face when I told her how our winters are back home. After that we checked out another area full of bars and clubs before heading back to Kowloon on the ferry. We made it back to the other side in time to see the Victoria Harbour lightshow which was quite awesome seeing lasers shooting out from
all the different skyscrapers.
As the night wore on we decided to head back to our room to take a quick nap since jet lag was still a major factor, before heading out to check out more of the night life. Well it turned out to be the end of our night cuz we ended up sleeping through until the next morning.
Overall from what we explored in Hong Kong it's quite an amazing and vibrant city, and we look forward to checking it out again when we inevitably return. Now it's onwards to Manila in the Philippines.
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