… we are in Hong Kong
03.01.2010 - 03.01.2010
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We arrived in Hong Kong just after 8am after a flight where we both got very little sleep. It was quite easy getting through immigration and customs and onto the airport Express train to Kowloon and then onto the hotel shuttle bus, so before 9.30am we were booked into our hotel. However (and not surprising) we couldn't get our room yet, so we went for a walk to fill in time.
Our first walk took us initially to Macca's for a coffee (to help keep awake) and then down Nathan Road toward the harbour. On the way we passed lot's of high end shops selling jewelery and watches – jade jewelery seems very popular and is also very expensive. We also detoured slightly to go into a very nice park just of Nathan Road – it was nice to hear the birds singing loudly in such a built up environment.
At the harbour we walked along the boardwalk of stars which is a tribute to the Chinese film industry – there were only a few names we recognised (Jackie Chan & Bruce Lee being the main ones). Then it was back to our hotel to get access to our room and a chance to freshen up (and try to avoid sleep).
In the afternoon we headed out again this time in the opposite direction and through some of the very commercial area of Kowloon. Sai Yeung Choi Street with it's shops selling electronic goods was packed – mainly with Chinese people, not tourists and the adjacent street with the so called 'Ladies Market' was also packed.
Then it was on further to the Flower Market and the Goldfish Market.
The Goldfish Market is actually standard shops, but the fish are bagged in plastic bags and hanging on racks outside each shop ready for buyers.
Our walk took us onto a restaurant for tea and then to the famous Temple Markets for a browse before we headed back to hotel ready for a well earned sleep.