03.05.07

Enjoing Hong Kong – 3./4. 3. 2007

Posted in Hong Kong at 17:23

My plan of visiting the southern part of Hong Kong today fall through because my friend from Shen Gang (Taiwan) decided to visit me in Hong Kong over the weekend together with a friend. Thanks of my exploration the day before I could show them around in the places I have already seen. On saturday evening we decided to go onto the Peak, the local hill of Hong Kong. An old-styled Swiss cable tram, the Peak Tram, was bringing us near the 552m high viewpoint on Hong Kong Island. The upper station was self-evidently a five-floor shopping center with a viewing platform on top. From there we enjoyed the breathtaking view onto the nightly Hong Kong skyline (photo). Afterwards we enjoyed a visit in the Asian untypical bar and disco area Lan Kwai Fong in the Central District. One western style pub after the other and on the same time also a lot of policemen in the streets. In comparison to other metropolitans like London the occurrence of the police and the hooter howls of emergency vehicles is generally not at all noticeable here in Hong Kong. The reputation of the safest metropolitan is therefore probably not arbitrary.

The next day we went for the first time off Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. Although there is a MTR (Mass Transit Railway), local name for subway, connection between the two parts of Hong Kong, we took the ferry. For only HK$2.2 (CHF 0.33) you can enjoy an interesting ride with this traditional means of transportation. Every 6 minutes the ferry is blazing a trail through the busy ship traffic what leads to interesting crossings (photo).

Kowloon on the other side is the same touristy and commercial place like the districts I have seen before. One shopping center after the other and in every second street a big street market. A big exception is the Kowloon Park. A piece of green in the middle of the busy city. But on this Sunday very crowded. An to my astonishment not particularly by local people but by many groups of immigrants. A crowd of Indians and Islamic people from all different nations where enjoying with their families and friends on the benches of the park. Listening to music, dancing or exercising own performances. A multicultural mixture of people spending their leisure time in public area.

After my friends left again I was spending the evening on the Kowloon seaside. From the Tsim Sha Tsui Public Peer I enjoyed a spectacular view to the every evening light show on Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers. Their facades are enlightened in changing colors and flood lights and lasers were illuminating the night sky accompanied to a music symphony (photo). Insane…

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