Francis’ Trip to Hong Kong
What did you do in Hong Kong?
After we got off the plane, we called a taxi that took us to our hotel, and left our tons of luggage in the hotel room. After taking a shower briefly which refreshed all of us, we walked through the road right before the hotel and browsed dozens of restaurants, among which we finally selected a Japanese restaurants. After that, we went shopping around near Victoria Harbor and finally at about 11:00 pm returned to our hotel. What a wonderful day! The next day we went to Ocean Park Hong Kong and spent a wonderful day there before we took a random walk across the city, including taking a cruise in Victoria Harbor, and finally left Hong Kong for China mainland in that night.
What’s a must see in Hong Kong?
The Victoria Harbor is a must for those who are eager to enjoy the modernity of Hong Kong as an international metropolitan. Take a cruise in the harbor for about half an hour and let the virtually magnificent city contour be completely exposed to your eyes and camera in a virtually 180 degrees. On the shore stand numerous skyscrapers – HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Corporation) and BOA (Bank of China) that has remained always as the landmark of Victoria Harbor, just to name a few – and I would imagine the skyline to be more fantastic when at night numerous lights from the roof of these skyscrapers go across the sky.
Most unusual thing you saw or did?
The most unusual thing I saw in Hong Kong was probably the striking billboards stretching out from the building above the roads. There were tons of them, and virtually blocked much of the sunlight from shedding on the pavement. Some were pretty old and rotten, and I would wonder someday if they would fall down to the pedestrian. I was pretty scared.
The temperature! When we visited Hong Kong, I guess it was the hottest month during the year. It would be a blast for those who live in countries far north near the arctic or Antarctic circles such as Switzerland and Iceland, where sunlight is more of a luxury than daily need, but for me, already suntanned and worrying about how to restore my skin color, the best bet was to put on umbrella everywhere I go. I sweat heavily, thus making my shirts very sticky, which was really annoying.
Favorite thing in Hong Kong?
When walking though a street in Kowloon, we randomly went into an electronic shop and I just discovered that the laptop at Hong Kong is much cheaper than in United States. With no second thought I chose a Dell Latitude laptop, took a careful examination and took it back. It saved me a lot of bucks. Going to Hong Kong not only granted us the beautiful scenery as I discovered in Ocean Park Hong Kong but also brought us the privilege to enjoy the low price of various electronics products among a wide range of selections – you can imagine for yourself!
Craziest thing that you saw or did?
When I was taking a ride of the roller-coaster, I felt so dizzy by the upside-down and rotation movements of the shuttle. It made me feel sick for half a day. My energy decreased significantly, rendering me unable to walk fast as I usually do, and my appetite was gone for the entire afternoon, so I did not have my dinner that day. In one word, the roller-coaster at Ocean Park really drove me mad and I concluded that I would never take any ride ever in my life again.
What was the culture of the city like?
Most of the time people are busy walking on the pedestrian rushing and pushing – it is really a crowded city, even more crowded than in New York. However, most of the people are very polite. We asked several times for direction, and the ones who were asked always pointed us the way quickly and went on rushing. Also, there were many streets on both sides of which are traditional buildings like back in early 20th century. Overall, it is a pretty nice mixture and modernity and tradition, and hastiness and politeness.
Best places to party?
I guess the best places to party are the the karaoke venues near Wan Chai. There are tons of them and I heard from one of my friend in Hong Kong that they usually are not closed until late night. The night life in these venues is fantastic and with exotic indoor decorations that serves for people’s curiosity. From one of the picture my friend showed me the decoration of the karaoke room in the basement reminded me of time back to ancient Japan and lighting was creepy somehow – on one side of the window, muffed blue light mix with the red light projected on the other side of the room and produced a strange and weird effect.blog comments powered by Disqus
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