22nd June, 2012
morning we did not have more time to further explore Hong Kong. We
went to the escalators to get to the train station. On the airport we
had more time than expected as our flight was late. After a very
shaky flight we got to Shanghai. To enter we required a visa which we
issued in Sydney.
and her boys were already awaiting us. As Caren spotted us, she came
towards us. In front of her was man which started to talk in German
to us. We were so perplex that we did not even answer. As Caren then
look at him inquiring, he realized immediately that we did not wave
lives in Kunshan. This city is about one hour outside of Shanghai. In
the car I thought “something is wrong”. I soon realized that in
China they are driving right. From Australia I am still used to
driving left. We saw people which were hitch-hiking on the motor way,
some were also selling food. In the city itself there some
motorcycles, but the drivers do not seam to need helmets.
book a hotel for us and brought us there. After check-in we went to
dinner with her family. She told us that it will be simple. But our
menu was much more. There was freshly pressed apple juice, soup, a
plate with prawns, salad, meat to choose and pudding with tea. Not
really simple food.
21st June, 2012
got up early in the morning as our body is still used to Australian
time. First we went up the stairs do ride down the Mid-Levels
Escalators. They are the biggest system of roofed outdoor escalators.
These many connected escalators connect the Western District with the
Central District. In the morning the escalators go down, in the
afternoon the go up. So it is easier for the people to go to work or
back home after work. The Mid-Levels Escalators are about 800 m long
and pass a height of 135 m. Walking up beside them made us sweat as
it was already in the morning hot and humid. With the escalators we
went down to the ferry terminal. Here we bought a tourist bus ticket
and drove with it through the city. We left at Man Mo Temple and had
a look at it. After we did not wait for the bus, but went back to the
ferry terminal by walking. Here we took another bus which went to
Aberdeen. In the harbour of Aberdeen we made a Sampan boat trip. In
Aberdeen harbour there are still about 600 house boats beside all
official effort to bring these people onto the shore. On our tour we
saw a lot of crab fishing boats as it is forbidden to fish in June
and July. The harbour is surrounded by skyscrapers and it may happen
that there is a hole in such a house. That way the dragon living on
the mountain can look through them.
at the center we took the ferry to Kowloon on the mainland. Here we
walked along the seafront walk and enjoyed the view to Hong Kong.
With the same ticket we could also do a sightseeing tour here. After
we strolled the Ladys Market and watched the many stands on the
street. Our next destination was the Tin Hau Temple. Unfortunately it
was already closed. Here should also be the Temple Street Night
Market. The street was still mostly empty when we entered a small
restaurant to have dinner. After the left again, the market stands
were ready and were waiting for customers. In the Night Market all
sorts of things can be bought. Directly next to the temple many
fortuneteller had their stands. Passing the market we walked back to
the ferry terminal.
8pm was already passed, we only saw the last few beats of the
Symphony of Lights. This is according the Guiness book of recommended
the worlds biggest regular light and sound show. The lights of 44
skyscrapers of Hong Kong and Kowloon highlight the harbour.
20th June, 2012
the end of our stay in Australia Konrad was pat down to check for
liquids! Good luck he did not have a flask.
frosty temperatures we entered the plane after 9 hours we reached
airport of Hong Kong is very big and we had to walk much. At the end
of a escalator was a thermal camera and if spots a body which is too
warm, they will take the temperature with the fever thermometer.
a long queue at the immigration we got our passport stamped and are
now allowed to stay for 90 days in Hong Kong.
the train we went from the island with the airport to Hong Kong
found our hotel fast then it is directly in the center. As I opened
the door of our room I realized why the hotel is called Mini Hotel.
Not the hotel is small, but the rooms. But it is perfectly and very
the early evening we wanted to go to the Peak. We were not the only
ones who wanted to go with the “tramway” to the top. A funicular
goes step up and the upper station is at 400 m altitude. There is a
huge tourist trap with many shops. As we entered the funicular we
could already see a black cloud and when we were on the top it was
already covered. Wafts of mist passed and it felt subtropical. The
bad weather limited the sight, but we could still see the lights of
the way back we experienced how the people entered the funicular in
near panic to get a seat. We were polite and did not push, but were
also the only one doing so.
24th and 25th
started punctually in direction Hong Kong. As the plane was not very
full, we had 3 seats to accommodate us. After a short break in Hong
Kong, where we could move us again a bit, our next destination was
Melbourne. In the late evening we were welcomed by agreeable temperature
and felt to bed very tired.