The evening before we left for China I did manage one tourist activity…. I dragged dad around the Temple Street Market. As far as markets go it was pretty typical for an Asian tourist market and having been to MANY markets in Asia I personally thought this one was a bit average. Having said that, even though it was very touristy and rather expensive it did have lots of ‘Made in China’ junk that made me laugh. Like the little furry pussy cats (so tacky I laughed out loud) and plastic toys that wizz, spin, make noises and light up (my favourite was the remote control UFO).
Other photos from the market area:
So… even though I ‘wasted’ tourist time doing work (it had to be done as technically I was on a work trip) I had a great time in Hong Kong! I have another trip to China coming up so I will see if I can tack on another weekend in Hong Kong and this time it will be 100% tourist, 0% work!
OK, I looked fairly hard but I couldn’t find King Kong in Hong Kong… and no, little bro… I didn’t play ping pong with Suzy Wong while looking for King Kong either!
Hong Kong is pretty cool though, it kind of reminded me of lots of places… It reminded me a little of home (Wellington) because of the hills, harbour and compactness of the city. And it reminded me of London because of the greyness, coldness, metro/tube, double decker busses, school kids in blazers, plugs and ridiculously heavy coins. It was quite a unique place to visit… very Asian but with a nice easy familiar feel to it!
Unfortunately… as far as being a tourist in Hong Kong went it was an appalling effort on my behalf. So bad that I will just have to come back and do all the touristy things I wanted to do (ie, go up the big escalator, get the tram to ‘the Peak’ and check out the Giant Buddha). Why did I do such a bad ‘Tourist’ effort… well… unfortunately I had lots of work stuff I wanted/needed to do before I got to China. So except for one mini shopping spree at H&M (because I was so grateful to find a western chain with cheap clothes that fit me) I ended working most of the time in Hong Kong.
Ok… its a terrible photo but it illustrates my point about Hong Kong reminding me of Wellington… This photo reminds me so much of Wellington…. the hills behind the city, the motorway from the Hutt…… Ah…. am I imagining this? Do you think I might be missing Wellington a little too much?!?
Well… 2 more sleeps till my Hong Kong and China trip. I am so excited. Not as excited as I would be if it was a 100% holiday trip, but I am still VERY excited. I’ve got my Chinese visa which is very exciting as it is helping me fill my passport up (I am up to page 30 now) and my tickets. I’m almost ready to go. I got my coat dry cleaned and washed my merinos… but I don’t know how cold it will be over there. Looking at the internet it could be between 10C and 15C… but I cant remember how cold that is! Is that woolly coat weather? Am I going to regret taking my new bright red ‘woollen’ coat I got made in Vietnam? I hope not, really want to wear it!