Blogs from Hong Kong, Asia - page 9


Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai April 27th 2015

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 ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island April 26th 2015

Yesterday we woke to a view across the harbour to Kowloon, what a way to wake up, absolutely stunning. Once we we're up we headed into the main shopping area of Causeway Bay for a spot of breakfast at a resturant Marcus had used before, from there we jumped on the tube to Lantau Island and jumped onto a cable car to the top of Ngong Ping Plateau 500m above see level. At the top sits Tian Tan Buddha, Big Buddha sits at 23m tall and is the world's tallest seated bronze Buddha, you have to negotiate 268 stepsat the top to get up close to Big Buddha, as you can imagine Claire was nackered by the time we got to the top but it was worth it, the view was perfect. From here we jumped ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island April 16th 2015

Hong Kong is amazing city It has a high energy excitement about it. There are signs everywhere calling itself Asia’s global city which would appear true It is an interesting contrast of 4 strands: Traditional Chinese, Western capitalism, Chinese communism and the old British imperial system. . While the public transport especially the metro is very efficient you also do a lot of walking between stops. In fact a lot of the transport is a tourist attraction in itself for example the star ferry between Hong Kong island and Kowloon and the ding ding tram and the famous funicular ride up to The Peak . All of these are worth doing as tourist attractions as well as being a means of transport. The skyline of Hong Kong while incredible during the daytime it comes alive at ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island April 5th 2015

Made sure I was on deck this morning as the ship pulled into Hong Kong harbor although it was like pea soup. Fortunately, it didn’t take long before it cleared up and could see the magnificent vertical buildings with no space in between. It is an awesome sight. Our excursion today took us to Lantau Island for a visit to Tai O Village which is a fishing village with houses on stilts and lots of vendors. They dry most of the fish so as you walk through the streets, the aroma is pungent with seafood. Next stop Po Lin Monastery where the largest seated Buddha in Asia resides up on a hill top. Another interesting sight to see. A vegetarian lunch was served here and off to the cable car ride by Ngong Ping Skyrail. The ... read more
One Hour Later
Dried Fish
Tai O Village

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island March 28th 2015

Now sat in the airport lounge with just 30 minutes before boarding. Next stop London Heathrow. Yesterday we took the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island and strolled around the Central area. There is one or two government buildings from the past still standing amongst the glass skyscrappers. We found the Charter Garden, an oasis in the city centre. We stopped at a McD for lunch as Lynn has had her fill of noodles. After lunch we tackled the Central to Mid Levels escalator system, the worlds longest group of escalator travelling over 800m and climbing some 135m. Then back to the Star to cross back to Kawloon. We then walked up Nathan Road, the Golden mile, where there are more Cartier watch shops than McDonalds. The number of jewellers and the prices of items in ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island March 27th 2015

Quick stop in Hong Kong Airport. Priority Pass is the best investment - access to a huge network of lounges globally. A shower and quick meal and we feel a million bucks ready for the next leg.... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon March 26th 2015

Arrived at Hong Kong airport just before dusk so by the time we were on the coach being transferred to the hotel it was dark. Traffic was awful just like the coach driver, so we were glad to arrive at the hotel in one piece. The Grand Harbour Bay in Kowloon is definitely 5 star plus, large marble staircases and so many staff they keep tripping over each other. And another upgrade, this time to an executive Harbour view room on the top but one floor. Two whole walls are glass looking out over the harbour. Tremendous. This morning was an early start for the Hong Kong tour. We visited Aberdeen, the original hong kong village and took a ride in a sampan. The ride in the harbour amplified the vast divide between rich and poor ... read more
view over Hong Kong Island towards the Kowloon peninsular from 'The Peak'

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon March 15th 2015

Today was the day I got to visit Disneyland for the first time. Had to take a few trains to get there -> Yau Ma Tei -Lai King - Sunny Bay then onto the Disneyland Resort train - which adds to the excitement of the trip with Mickey Mouse head shaped windows and the handles from the ceiling of the train are also Mickey Mouse heads. The station has this massive staircase you walk up and then you have arrived at the magical place. Even I was a bit awestruck when I arrived so I can imagine how amazing it must be for children. The park doesn't open til ten but allow you to walk down a 'lane ' of shops (massive street with about 20 Disney related shops). My first ride was on the rafts ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon March 13th 2015

I arrived in Hong Kong at 6am and had no trouble getting my bags and getting out of the airport. I hopped onto the Airport Express train and in 24 minutes arrived at Kowloon Station. From there I caught an Airport Express bus to the Cityview Hotel which was a short walk from the hotel I was staying at. However being 7am I knew it would be too early to check in so decided to go for a walk down Nathan Road, whilst carrying my backpack ! I came across a little restaurant after about ten minutes of walking and decided to get some breakfast. I had rice vermicelli noodles, egg and sausage and just read my book. Afterwards I decided to go and see if I could just drop my bag at the hotel and ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai March 8th 2015

March 8 2015- I have 10 more work days and 14 more days total in Hong Kong. It has been an amazing 2+ years living in Hong Kong. Professionally, I have grown a lot and learned how to embrace and understand different cultures better than in the past. I have worked on my patience and learned different ways to approach a situation. The most growth was being able to realize after 20+years in the industry that is okay to stand up for myself, and to say NO and not worry that the client or person will be upset. The education and growth learned from this experience is invaluable. From a personal side, I have met amazing people and developed wonderful friendships which I will keep with me and nurture, seeing each other on a regular basis ... read more
Cora and Ethan
Thai Food dinner
Tuck Tuck ride to the airport

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