KATE IN HONG KONG
I travelled to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific and found the aircraft and crew very good. My accommodation for the time we had in Hong Kong was at the Langham Place in Mongkok, only about a 20 minute walk to the Star Ferry Terminal and across the road from a MTR (Mass Transport Rail) station and huge shopping Mall.
One thing that struck me about Hong Kong was how clean this city was, I had expected it to be a reasonably dirty, concrete jungle. I was also surprised at the number of parks and trees that there were.
The highlight of this trip for me would have to be the afternoon that we spend at Hong Kong Disneyland – I am a kid at heart and love that sort of thing. To watch the street parade of all of my favourite Disney characters, the 4D movies, the spinning tea cups and of course the most amazing fireworks display that I have ever seen over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle when the sun went down.
In 80% humidity and about 31 degrees our group walked over the ‘dragons back’. This is a 3 or 4 kilometre bush walk located on Hong Kong Island and affords you spectacular views over the South China Sea, I even dipped my toes in the South China Sea! I kept having to remind myself that I was in Hong Kong and not back in New Zealand as the bush and beaches really reminded me of the Abel Tasman walk that I did as a child.
As a bit of a treat after our ‘hike’ we went into China Town and had a ‘therapeutic’ foot massage. It would have been interesting to watch the video of this as all 10 of us, at some stage, let out at least one yelp of pain. Not really for those who have very sensitive or ticklish feet!!!! An experience none-the-less.
I used the Hong Kong MTR system by myself, which I was very proud of as I hadn’t even used the rail system in Sydney before. I found it very easy to get around and a great way to experience a bit of the local culture along the way, as well as on the Star ferry from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon.
We had a very interesting ride on a double-decker bus from Stanley Market to the Star ferry Terminal to Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island. The bus driver certainly knew every turn on the road and took them at some speed. Sitting on the upper storey of the double-decker bus felt like being on a rollercoaster some times but all great fun.