15th Oct 2016
We had a fairly leisurely breakfast, during which Anja managed to break out the cheddar cheese. This obviously means it was an epic start to the day! We then headed out to be ‘proper tourists’ for a change, mindlessly flowing Anja, soaking up the atmosphere of Hong Kong, and no paying much attention to how we were getting around. The public transport infrastructure in Hong Kong is excellent, and our fist stop was ‘The Peak’, which is the highest ‘mountain’ in Hong Kong. ‘Mountain’ is a strong word for it’s size, more of a molehill with great views. We used the funicular to get to the top. In cooler weather I’m all for walking, but in heat and humidity the less moving you can do the better you fare! We enjoyed some iconic views from the top, and started to get our bearings as it was dark when we landed yesterday so this was our first real over-view of the city and the harbour.
The next stop was the harbour, and a trip on the Star ferry to enjoy the Hong Kong skyline. It’s only a short journey, but one well worth making as we enjoyed the views and scenery around us. A stroll along the pier, and we decided it was lunch time so headed for a typically Hong Kong style meal of dim sum, before heading back across the harbour on the ferry and making a beeline for the ferris wheel. The ferris wheel was surprisingly good, although after two circuits we were starting to wonder whether they were ever going to let us off. Turns out three circuits your lot! Whilst on the ferris wheel we spotted our first ‘dragon boat’ with it’s bright red sails.
We headed back to Anja’s flat, stopping en route for some essential cheese shopping (I’m making the most of feeding my addiction while I can!), and to relax for a couple of hours. After some dedicated cheese eating, and a glass or two of good red wine, we headed back into the city to visit a light display over the harbour. Sadly I was a little too short to get the full benefit (mentally internal swearing at selfie sticks), although I did manage to get a couple of nice shots of the Dragon boats illuminated on the harbour. From the light display we headed to the Temple Street night market, iconic for it’s use in various Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies, not to mention Transformers. It looks more glamorous in the movies, and it was surprisingly small only covering two blocks. Stalls were selling everything though, from key rings to I love HK T-shirts, and from tripods to vibrators!! We had seen enough, and headed back to Anja’s flat to save a little energy for tomorrows adventures.