This post is the first of a few directly related to Hong Kong (not including any food posts, which are stand alone adventures as the food in HK was that good).
Carrie and I arrived in Hong Kong on good friday, which is a holiday in Singapore, and were ready for a long weekend away. Despite the 7am flight and a 5am wake up call, we were geared up to hit the town and see the sights.
From the airport we rode the airport express, a high speed train, that took us from the airport to the city center in under 30 minutes. There we checked into the Kowloon Hotel to drop off our bags and get ready for the ensuing day of touring.
The hotel scene in Hong Kong is similar to New York, outrageously expensive but even smaller. See the photos below. However, our hotel was in a premier location in Tsim Shui Shia on the Kowloon side and had a decent view of Nathan Road full of neon signs. I don’t think I would recommend it but it was decent and served our purpose as we spent most of our time out and about in the city.
So after dropping off our bags and grabbing a quick but uneventful chinese food lunch we headed to experience an engineering and infrastructure marvel – the mid-level escalators.
The escalators are the longest outdoor covered escalators in the world. They run half a mile from near the central business district to the mid level of the peak. They rise almost 500 feet and are fascinating. They were installed in 1993 due to the hilly terrain of Hong Kong. It was misty on our ride but we had great fun darting in and out of shops and bars, looking into 4 story windows as we escalated past shops, and just marveled at such a wonderful system for moving people around. We must have spent a couple of hours just goofing around on the escalators and adjoining streets. It was a great way to travel up and down hong kong.
After touring around on the escalators, we decided to get some exercise and walked around some wet markets to see how very different the food shopping is from the sterile and air conditioned shops of Singapore and the US.
The picture above is of parrot fish for sale and please notice the aeration system used to keep the fish alive so they could be sold fresh.
The picture above is of some produce similar to home. Except for the massive, and I mean the diameter of my head cucumber (actually a winter melon but we thought at first it was a cucumber).
After the visual stimulation of the markets we headed for the Man Mo temple to get some spiritual enlightenment and soak up the overwhelming incense.
The picture above is outside the temple looking in, and the coils you see are actually incense coils. They had coils that were about 3 feet tall and 2 feet in diameter that looked as if they could smolder and emit incense for days. It was overload to my nose but I did light some incense myself and make an offering.
We finally felt the early morning wake up call catch up with us and we headed back to the hotel before dinner and some drinks. Dinner was nothing special but…
Drinks were at the Intercontinental Hotel, where we watched the nightly laser light show called the Symphony of Lights, where every night at 8pm the buildings in Hong Kong put on a light show by lighting themselves up in a synchronized pattern including lasers that shoot up from the tops of the buildings.
The pictures above are of the Hong Kong Skyline and tomorrow’s post will include more light show pictures, as Charles’ camera did not capture it well and thus the second night with Carrie’s camera was much better.
That was our first wonderful day in Hong Kong and we were very happy as you can see below enjoying the glitz and glamour of Asia in Hong Kong.