Given the past many months of not very much, I think it would be a long shot to call myself an avid blogger. There are those that post everyday, with quick quips on daily life. Others that amaze us with their incredible imagery and profound ideas on a weekly basis. There are some who blog monthly just to let people know what’s going on in their lives. I am currently none of these.
So, forgive me readers for I have sinned! It has been 11 months since my last (non lazy) post! Since then I have done many amazing things, travelled to wonderful places, and had an all round incredible time! For that reason, I will now catch you all up (those still reading… thanks mum!)
I’ve wanted to visit Australia since I was in my early teens, and having worked in China for a full year I finally had enough cash to make it possible. However, I also fancied a bit of south-east Asia. Hong Kong was calling!
I packed up my things, said goodbye for now to all my friends, and early one morning, headed to the airport with my Girlfriend. CANCELLED!!!
All you want to hear before setting off into the lesser known, but being the laid back person that I am (most of the time) we spent our time riding around on airport trolleys. Being a big kid is always more fun.
Eventually we made it onto a plane and jetted off to the amazing city that is Hong Kong. We were amazed by what awaited us. The bright lights on a whole new level to Shenyang.
We roamed the streets for a while looking for food, eventually giving up and going to the first noodle place we’d seen. Then, exhausted by the days travel, returned to our reasonably comfy hostel bed and passed out.
Rising the next day, we eagerly made our way to the supermarket for brunch and sandwich making materials. A brief pause to stuff our faces and then we were on our way to the Peak Tram, Octopus cards in hand. If you ever visit this yourself, don’t be put off by the queue. It moves fairly quickly and is well worth the wait. As you can see below the tram is packed like a… well, packed like a Chinese tram I guess. The steep climb is made all the more fun because of it. Standing high at the front to take this picture, I almost flew down into the arms of the dear old chap at the front there.
Unfortunately my photography fell short at this point, if helped a little by the smog. However, it is an incredible feeling being on terra firma, looking down on the colossal towers of Hong Kong.
Not content with the skyline, we took a stroll further up and around the mountain. The crowds disappear instantly, apparently unconcerned with a bit of exploration. This worked for us as we traversed around on the Governors walk. A small path with quaint lamps and benches, hidden mostly by overgrown tropical foliage, which breaks to reveal stunning views of Hong Kong’s south side.
A trip to Hong Kong wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Tian Tan Buddha (The Giant Buddha) and the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. We took a pleasant train ride to the base of the mountain and queued up (much longer this time) for the gondola to the top. The ride is pleasant and the views plentiful, but my eyes were continuously drawn to the path below. Cutting in and out of the treeline, up and down between ridges and gullies, it looked to be a long but exciting walk. Next time!
Arriving at the top you are met with what can only be described as the Las Vegas of monasteries. Ok maybe not quite, but the place has clearly been polished and rebuilt to turn it into 100% tourist attraction. I’m not entirely sure what I expected, but if you fancy getting off the beaten track, Hong Kong is not your destination.
We had booked ourselves on a boat ride around the Tai O fishing town, so headed over to the busses and made our way down the mountain. The town was bustling when we arrived, but quieted down as we ventured further in. The small streets and drying fish making for an exciting wander.
After exploring we jumped on a boat. Boat rides are always fun, and this was no exception! We weaved our way through the stilted homes and restaurants, then opened up the engines as we breached into open water.
Back on dry land, and up the mountain in the bus, we finally made our way to the base of the famous stairway to the Giant Buddha. Those Brits among you may remember it from “An Idiot Abroad”. So we made our way up, enjoying ourselves much more the Karl Pilkington, enjoying the amazing sight both up and down.
It was a truly exhausting day… so far! On our way back, as we still hadn’t seen the Hong Kong lights, we stopped of on the Kowloon river bank and watched this…
Next time… Thailand!