Dec 272008

Although it may not seem like it from the near constant stream of blog posts since my arrival, for the first nearly two weeks in Hong Kong I barely even left the building. Instead, I was working hard to catch up on life after Halloween in Japan, three weeks in Korea with Eli, and three weeks in China with Andy.

But now, finally, I’m almost there. At least, I’m close enough that I think I can grant myself a few days of going out and seeing the city 🙂

So here goes: My first day of real Hong Kong tourism…

First up was a ride on the landmark Peak Tram, a gravity-defying near-vertical train that’s been hauling residents and tourists to Victoria’s Peak since the late 1800’s.

The view of the harbor, Kowloon Bay, and more distant mountains bordering China was spectacular…

…But frustratingly difficult to capture in its entirety.

The outlook from the shopping mall at the top (of course!) wasn’t too bad either.

Next I headed back downtown…

…On my way to the world’s longest escalator, which takes nearly TWENTY MINUTES to whisk its passengers from downtown up to the Mid Levels.

Then I headed to Man Mo Temple, so full if enormous incense coils that I could literally smell its (pleasant) aroma from several blocks away.

Inside the temple – while still sweet-smelling – wasn’t quite as pleasant; the smoke was so thick that at times it became difficult to breathe!

As the sun started to set, I made my way back down to the harbor with the intention of taking a one-hour evening tour on the Star Ferry – perhaps the only landmark more famous than the peak tram. But unfortunately, it was sold out due to the holidays.

So instead, I took the MTR across the bay to Tsim Sha Tsui (home of Chungking Mansions) and walked straight down to Avenue of the Stars to take in the evening skyline…

…And to watch “Symphony of Lights,” the world’s largest permanent light and sound show – where 44 buildings on both sides of the Victoria Harbour participate in a synchronized light, laser, and symphonic display.

In all honesty, for as ambitious as the concept is, I did think that it could’ve been implemented much better – the lights didn’t seem to reflect the music all that much.

Finally, I wrapped up the evening by walking up Nathan Road…

…On the way to the Temple St Night Market…

…And an entire street that’s completely lined with palm readers and fortune tellers.

My feet hurt. Time to curl up in bed and watch an episode or two of Seinfeld 🙂

  6 Responses to “Hong Kong Tourism”

  1. reminds me of my time in HK….sooo much fun 🙂

  2. Did u spend much time over here?

    Still waiting to hear about birthright! 😛

  3. I spent only 3 days in HK, but it was enough for me to know that I really like the place. I haven’t even started responding to email, but birthright was AWESOME! I’ll send you a longer response in a few days

  4. I’m honored that u come to comment even before dealing with mails, hehe 😉

  5. Remind me of my staying in HK too!i had a great timethere!:-)
    i have taken all vehicles in HK ,hahaaa including Star Ferry,Peak Tram,raidroad car……;-)

    have a good time in HK!

  6. What, no bobsled??

    J/k 🙂

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