We flew from Perth to Hong Kong on the Monday morning. It was very early and the streets were empty and we couldn’t find our way out of Freemantle. All roads may lead to Rome except where there’s air travel involved!
We were given a mobile phone by our hotel TUVE (you must take a look at the web site) to help us find our way round. With internet on the go we could use this map to plan our days. We started marking up possible eating places early on, eating became important to us since there was only so many sweet rolls and bowls of noodles we could eat.
Monday – arrived at our apartment. The outside of the TUVE hotel – a boutique hotel near to the Victoria Park, Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island.
Tuesday – bought ourselves Octopus cards (pre-paid cards for transport and small items) and shot across to mainland Kowloon
the Queen Victoria is in town
visibility wasn’t so good
people always seem to ask Madeleine the way, she was clearly a foreigner
hopped on a Star ferry to get back to Hong Kong Island
After spotting the enormous queues for the Victoria Peak tram we abandoned to the Hong Kong Park for a bit of peace
these buildings were all part of the SARS memorial in Hong Kong park (the respiratory desease that killed 774 people, the majority of which were in Hong Kong)
Quite a good and very popular aviary in the park, getting away from most, but not all of the crowds
you can’t really believe the bamboo scaffolding until you see it for yourself
Wednesday – on the tram to Victoria Peak
great views looking down on the rest of HK Island
you could pay an extra £4 to see from a little bit higher, not us though
the Sky Terrace blocked out some of the view from the free areas, but better views could be had walking along the pathways to the West of the tram stop
more bamboo scafolding
the Sky Terrace
walking Westwards from the tram stop
Thursday – early morning Victoria Park
and some kind of fan dancing
Happy Valley race course, not far from our hotel and a good place to run in the morning
Although Victoria Peak overlooked Happy Valley racecourse, we couldn’t see it because all of the surrounding buildings.
The finishing line with ‘hospitality boxes’
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, in Tai Wai about 10 km north from the main sights
a Bruce Lee exhibition on at the Museum – an interesting change from the normal
Tai Wai in what I guess were the suburbs of HK. The high rise apartment aren’t just in the city itselfs
adults with stabilisers on their bikes, we saw several like this
The MTR train system works extremely well
M-Trains – Each train has 8 cars, each car a length of 22.8 metres and a capacity of 313 persons which gives a total length of 185 metres and 2504 capacity
and they still manage to stop each door in exactly the right place
Friday, and the last day our our holidays. We had planned a harbour tour on one of the Star ferries but we abandoned due to the poor visibility. We could see across the harbour but not that much more.
We later checked and found the Air Quality Index was 154 ‘Unhealthy’ and ‘Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects’
every country has it’s own Captain Calamity
seems to have a sound system aboard
a little bit of ‘bling’
the latest ‘leg’ of Antony Gormley’s Event Horizon world tour
The Central-Mid-Levels escalator essential for exploring Central shopping area – this escalator and walkway system is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world.