Katja and Arne's travel stories

29.12.14 Hong Kong Monday with Mette

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We wake up to a beautiful day today. The sun is shining, but the wind is strong. Let’s have breakfast first.
I’m much better today and dig into my eggs and bacon sandwich for breakfast. Together we make a rough plan for the day and get ready to move out.
It’s a bit scary about the Air Asia flight that’s missing right now. We have a lot of flights behind us with them, and we have bookings with them in the future as well. I hope they find it, and that it is safe, even though it’s a longshot by now. Our thoughts are with the passengers and crew as well as the people back home wondering about what has happened.
We walk over to the ferry and board it and move over to Hong Kong island. We are planning to see Ladder street and Wing Nok street today, and then we’ll see what happens.

We start walking and have a blast in the back streets of Hong Kong. We talk to some of the shop owners and find “something dry from inside deer, that’s good for men’s kidneys”, to dried fish stomach to more common Nescafe products. We move into the antique street and find Mao’s little red book, posters of Bruce Lee, jade products, old watches, statues of Mao and revolutionary small status of shootings and beheadings of enemies of the state. Strange and morbid!
The shop keepers don’t want us to take pictures of their stash. Katja get sucked in and end up with a little Buddha.
We keep walking and buy lunch at the “Chicken in the run” that we bring along. We move up on escalator after escalator before we break left and head over to the botanical garden and zoological garden.
We eat our lunches with a great view of puff cheeked monkeys that swing around in their cage as Tarzan. The lunch was good and we’re all happy we found the chicken place.
We walk towards the tram to Victoria Peak and find a line that challenges the line for the new iPhone. We stumble upon a seller who sells us tickets to the double decker sightseeing buses, BIG BUS, which includes priority line tickets for the peak.
Even with these tickets we spend about half an hour in line before we enter the tram.
The ride up is cool, nothing short of cool. As far as I can read up on we go at approximately 60 degrees angel at the steepest. That’s quite a climb.
Well up we find it’s a mall on top. You have to climb through (an exaggeration as you take the escalators) floor by floor through the shops. We kept moving and finally came to the viewing platform, and what a view! Holy cupcake! Hong Kong is one of the most populated areas in the world. It’s built in height instead of in width and it makes for a brilliant view. We take pictures as the tourists we are and make others take off us and offer to take of them. Just take a look.

After enjoying the view we go back down to the plaza and from there up in the next building. Here they have terraces where they serve beer. What’s to think about? Strangely the place is run by idiots. You have the location of a lifetime, people willing to pay way too much for what you serve… And then you hire lousy waiters and make the place look like Shit. The lack of decent management resources is present even here in Hong Kong.
We finish up and walk down to stand in line to get back down on the tram. The ride down is done backwards and not really scary, but it was cool to get the optical solution if the skyscrapers tilting over.

Back down we get on the bus and find they have have headphones onboard to give guidings as we move around in the city. We take it to the harbour and catch the ferry back home.
We shop food and make dinner when we come home. Another day another adventure!

People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly.

― Banksy, Wall and Piece

Author: arnber

Humongen! The big guy! The man, the myth, the legend! And then theres' me. The nice guy in the house. The man without cooking skills, but with five stars on the Playstation. Boss at work, relaxed at home. What you see is what you get. Life is good. I choose it to be.

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