Monday, April 4, 2016

Hong Kong: Day 2 Downtown & Star Ferry

One of the most striking things about Hong Kong is the architecture, and Victoria Bay is absolutely stunning at night. The people of Hong Kong are fully aware of this and at night both sides of the bay, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island celebrate by illuminating at night with synchronised choreography. At the magical hour of the night music blares from speakers on either side of the bay and the light show begins! 

I had a few hours yet before that began, so I opted to explore the inner areas of Hong Kong proper. After exiting an incredibly crowded train station I found myself in the heart of the sky scrapers, looking up  to find myself surrounded by the monolithic structures. At the top of it all is the Peak, a landmark of Hong Kong known for unrivalled views of the city and it's nightly light show from high altitude. Initially hoping to find my way to the cable cars that provide a shortcut for tourists, I was unpleasantly surprised to discover that the wait was hours long and I would surely miss the show if I attempted to wait it out. Stubbornly I hoofed it back down the hill and made it to the bay, where I was able to catch the infamous Star Ferry, which has been in operation since 1888. Let that sink in for a minute. 1888!

Back on the Kowloon side of things, I was within easy access of my hotel so it was time to explore!
Whether I needed to take a taxi or a train back it would be quick and affordable so I was in no particular hurry to rush back for bed. A friendly Aussie gent happened to be traveling by his lonesome as well and we hit it off when he snapped a photo for me after watching me awkwardly attempt a selfie with the city behind me. We decided to grab some food and go pub crawling together, so off we went to explore the narrow alleyways and mysterious restaurants that abounded in the area.
Check back soon for the adventure!


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