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Hong Kong

After a mammoth journey on the train to a city outside Hong Kong called Shenzhen we had to go through customs, which seems a little bizarre as Hong Kong is now part of China, but we followed procedures. Once that was sorted we had to travel across Hong Kong to Hong Kong Island, this turned out to be relatively pain free, apart from having to make a couple of changes with out heavy bags. I don't plan to go into the ins and outs of the hostel, but we felt a bit fobbed off as we were moved to the sister hostel across the road which was immensely basic. The conciliation was the location.

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The first full day we had we decided to engage in possibly the most cultural experience any traveller can have... DisneyLand! I don't want to pass the buck, but it certainly would be on my list of things to do anywhere in the world, but a member of the travelling party was massively excited about going, and like watching a child at Christmas this enthusiasm rubbed off on me and I got into the spirit of thing and stopped being a grump. As it turned out it wasn't as bad as I had expected it to be, but my goodness it's false, cringeworthy and desperatly American, which is even more surreal in an Asia country.

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After all that excitement I wasn't sure how we could top it. So the following day we headed off to Aberdeen, which seems like a mighty detour, but it only took about 15 mins from Central to get there. Aberdeen is still a working fishing town in Hong Kong and although we had to keep the umbrellas up, the Marina is a cool place to look around. There are Asian men in junkboats calling to you walking along the quayside to take a ride around the harbour with them. As the weather was poor we gave it a miss. Something that I was excited about in the harbour was the fact that gracefully circling and swooping were Sea Eagles. I can remember years ago watching a natural world program about their plight in Hong Kong due to it's massive and ongoing urbanisation and how they were introducing protection for them, so it was nice to see them, even if, just like us humans they have appeared to become lazy. Picking out what appeared to be scraps from the fishing boats, that's urbanisation. As far as I know they nest of the top of skyscrapers too! The fish Market at Aberdeen, ignoring the puzzled looks of the Hong Kong fishermen was interesting to peruse. I don't think many westerners go in there, I took some pictures risking being gutted and boned and laid on a bed of ice like my subjects.

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That evening we went to Happy Vally Racecourse to have a flutter on the GG's. Wednesday is night racing, and although a bit of a surreal setting of skyscrapers and flat blocks hanging over the lush green grass the atmosphere was amazing. I picked a couple of winners, but overall was a few quid down. Smith waited until the last race to break even for the evening with a good win. It was a good job really, he was getting frustrated with me an Kailey waving our winning slips in his face. I thought he was going to jump the fence and jockey a horse himself, but it was all good natured and washed down with a few beers!

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Stanley Bay is arguably the resort end of Hong Kong Island and it has a good clothes Market. We headed there on the bus enjoying the scenic trip along the coastline. Once the we got to work devising new outfits for our next leg of the journey in the much warmer conditions of south east asia. I managed to pick up a few summery items which would replace the thermals and trousers I was still hauling in my bag from the colder leg of the journey. Once back at our hostel we shed these warmer clothes from our backpacks in what felt an almost symbolic end to another leg of our journey!

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Posted by Christian25 20:37

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