We arrived at the airport early afternoon and met a lovey tourist information lady who pretty much helped plan our 3 days in Hong Kong!
After catching the airport bus right to our hotel we sorted our stuff out and headed straight out to the Chinese Visa place. This was the main reason for our visit to Hong Kong to enable us to get to Beijing! We found the agency at the top of a very narrow hallway on the 9th floor. We filled in the paper work without any problems and were off again.
With the VISAs in the bag (well we had to wait 24 hours to collect them) we could then set about enjoying Hong Kong. We had recieved lots of recommendations about where we should go from people on the tour.
We started with the Ladies market and the Mongkok Computer Centre. The Ladies market sounds like it sells women but it is just a normal market so I’m not sure why it has that name.
Mongkok Computer Centre was my kind of shopping arena! Tons of tiny shops all selling loads of gadgets, computers, mobiles and cool electronics. I managed to resist buying anything though even though I was tempted.
After this we headed to Chungking Mansions to find a curry house form the Rough Guide reputedly the best curryhouse in the area. I will try my best to explain what this area is like. It is a nosiy, overcrowded hodge podge of shops, restaurants, guesthouses, street vendors swarming with people from all over the world. You can buy anything from a new sim card to a garlic naan, from a iphone to an onion baji! It took us a long time
to find the restaurant which ended up being on the 7th floor of Block E (took us ages to realise there were different blocks) to get up to this you had to use a small stuffy lift!! But it was worth it in the end as the food was great and the service lovely we are now proud members of the Khyber Pass Curry House.
Today we caught the short journey on the Star Ferry across from Kowloon where we are staying to Hong Kong Island.
From here it was a short walk through the business district underneath the towering sky scrapers to the tram station. Using the tram we were taken up high to Victoria Peak, the highest point, with panoramic views over the cityscape. The views were spectacular but it was quite misty so we couldn’t see for miles.
After successfully picking up our Visas, we visited the nearby Science Museum. It looked really good but I think the whole of China was visiting since it’s free on Wednesdays. We did manage to see the awesome life size marble run. It’s much bigger and elaborate than what this video shows but here’s a taster:
*Sorry we can’t upload the video as sites like Youtube, Facebook and Twitter are banned in China!*
After another delicious curry at a Pakistani restaurant in Chungking Mansions we headed for the Symphony of Lights show. We arrived early and managed to get a seat. Infront of us was the most beautiful night time scenery I have ever seen. The skyline with its lit up buildings was hugely impressive!!
After an hour with my jaw open gawping at the scenery, the 14 minute laser show began. I was expecting big things so perhaps was a little disappointed by the end. All it was, was a few buildings on the other side of the river that had lights or green lasers on top and randomly shone them into the sky all along to some dramatic music. It was nice, but just the scenery itself is incredible. The laser show didn’t add anything to it and it could have been much more spectacular in my opinion.
This morning we got on the nice wifi enabled and air conditioned underground to Ocean Park, Hong Kong’s rival theme park to HK’s Disney World. It was a really good theme park that focused more on the animal and aquatic shows than the rides. The park is actually on two levels and to get between them you can take an incredibly long cable ride over the mountain amongst eagles soaring high.
The most impressive ride was the runaway train, one of the best we’ve been on. In terms of the animals, the Giant Panda display was good (they are so cute!) and the aquarium was huge!! My favourite was the sea jelly fish encounter. There were loads of tanks full of jelly fish floating about like they do with their tentacles. They were beautiful!
We are off, for our midday flight to Beijing.