My world tour’s beginning

Bay of Kowloon view from Victoria peak

Having flown for 12 hours from Paris Charles de Gaulle without sleeping, my best friend and i are out of shape to discover Hong Kong. As a globetrotter, I cannot resist the urge to have a look at that part of the world. Seeing our flight for Auckland is planned late at night, we are having a couple of hours to get to know Hong Kong.

For the lazy guys, Hong Kong Chep Lak Kok (Hong Kong international airport open in 1998), one of the best in the world according to Skytrax, provides so many entertainements that you’ll need more than few hours stop to try all of them.

I keep in mind our landing on an artificial island close to Lantau. This airport impress me. This airport hub is essential for business in eastern Asia.

Have a look at Hong Kong.

To reach the city center, we are using a touristic bus. That’s doesn’t look like a globetrotter mean of transport, I know… Short in time, it’s pretty convenient.

Have you ever been to Hong Kong (map)?

There are several islands linked by massive bridges. Tsing Ma bridge is breathtaking. The bus driver stops you for a photo.

On the way, many big buildings where hundred thousands people live, are aligned. Hong Kong is a dense city with an expensive real estate.

We are dropped off at Kowloon (meaning 9 dragons). There, you cannot escape from the home made touristic cluster : Tsin Sha Tsui and its Stars avenue. I have to admit that the waterfront facing at Victoria harbour (world known for his panoramic view) in Kowloon bay, is amazing. Walking along its edge and following the crowd, we get to Bruce Lee bronze statue. I cannot fight the will to be shot next to the Jeet Kune Do master.

Rushing a bit, we are boarding the Star ferry linking Kowloon to Hong Kong island. I am appreciating cruising in this mythic boat and enjoying the fresh air coming from the sea.

Starving on Hong Kong island, we decide to have lunch. Running out of time and almost broke (few Hong Kong dollar left), we have for only choice to enter a fast food. We come into the first we see. Contrary to what we expect, we are served noodles and tea, MacNoodle is born.

Full, we keep on our express walking tour. Getting into more and more narrow streets, bamboo scaffoldings (more resistant than steel) are covering building walls. At first sight, I wouldn’t trust walking on that but workers come and go on the suspended platform.

We are ending our day trip in one of many temples you can find in Hong Kong. Trapped in a tourist wave, we shorten our incense snort.

I am still impressed by Hong Kong abilities to generate such activity. Although it’s become a global financial place, it could preserve its cultural identity.

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