Hong Kong

This journey I had the chance to fly with Aeroflot. The service on the fly to Moscow but could have been better. The on-board entertainment system was great. There was a huge range of new movies. My two friends and I started in Zurich Airport and had to transfer in Moscow. I have to mention that we had 45 minutes delay. So we had a really busy agenda to catch our connection flight. We had exactly 30 min from the airplane trough the immigration point and security check-in. But for good sake we did it 2-3 minutes after we boarded they closed the gate. That I call a  close one. after 9’000 km In total we finally arrived in Hong Kong.  It was 10:50 in the morning as we finally went trough the immigration checkpoint. we had to queue for 30 minutes….

Anyway we went out of the airport to breath fresh Asian air. After some breaths we took the A260 bus to Chung King Mansion. The ride cost 33 hkd and lasted for about 40-50 min. we rode over many bridges and one of them was made by Swiss engineers ;). Also one of them is the longest suspension bridge!!!

I was amazed from the skyline and from the busy streets next to Chung King Mansions.

We headed to block B where we got our accommodation for 4 nights. I paid 680 hkd, for sure you could have cheaper rooms but the whole hostel was clean and the service personnel was helpful.

The room consisted of a bed, tv, ac and the bathroom. In total it was around 2.5-3 m² big and i had also a nice view xD. A wall of air conditions hahhaha.

As fast as we could we left the hostel to buy us a noodle soup. I took one with hot and spicy flavour. Uuuuh that was hot. After that small snack we went to our tailor to buy us a nice suit with shirts. It took us some hours until we were satisfied with the chosen materials and colours.

It was around 19:30 when we headed slowly to the pier next to the star ferry terminal. At 20:00 the symphony of lights started. During the show someone let music play, which the whole show spiced a little bit up. The green lasers were the best feature in the show.

On the road again I took my first ride with the old-school ferries over the water to Hong Kong central.

Then we walked a little bit around until we found a pub, where we took a beer and my friend orderd a meal with parsley onions and couscous. After 20 minutes the meal still didn’t come. So my friend asked after it. Finally the meal was served. My friend was really hungry so he started to eat. But after some minutes he said: the couscous is missing! We all had a good laughter. We spoke with the kitchen chef and he told us that he run out of couscous and had no intention of informing my friend. Hahhaah :). But in the end we got a small discount due to the missing couscous.

Good to know: a shisha costs around 250 hkd, a beer can cost 70hkd up to 110.

Anyway we went slowly to our accommodation on the way back we made a stop at 711 and bought cans of beer for 12 hkd each. Before we went to our B block, where our rooms were, we ate at McDonalds, where I ordered a 18 fucking chicken nuggets menu with 4 sauces. All these for 40 hkd. Around 23:00 we called it a day and charged our batteries for another day of Hong Kong experience.

 

The first point on our agenda was to visit our tailor again to see if the suits fit well. After some corrections we headed to Yueng Long, where an old heritage trail was. We started at the Ping Shang station and went directly to the museum. For further information please have a look on following blog.

http://hikehongkong.blogspot.ch/2015/04/ping-shan-heritage-trail.html

I would like to thank the writers of the blog. Because it helped us really well.

We saw some old temples, houses and a nice shrine of the earth god. It was a nice walk around an old part of Hong Kong. Also the prices for beer in the small supermarket were really awesome. 10 hkd for three cans of beer. Good price.

As we were finished with the trail we headed to the Tin Shui Station where we took the metro to the Wong Tai Sin Temple. Wong Tai Sin temple is a really huge building with a big garden area for walking around. It was really worth it to visit the temple in Hong Kong.

Due to the long walk around the temple and the heritage trail we became hungry that’s why we headed to kings dumpling but as soon as we arrived there, they closed the restaurant. So no dumplings for us. Therefore we walked a little bit around until we found a good place to eat noodle soup. Everyone ordered a bowl of noodle soup medium spicy and hot spicy. The soup was so hot that we still had not finished it after 30 minutes, the spiciness wasn’t a help neither ;). We finally finished the hot soup and changed the location. We entered a pub where just locals were. We ordered some beers and for the entertainment a cup and some dices. We played Meiern (a swiss game), if you want to know more about it let me know in the comments below. Our game was so strong, we could have been the Meiern world champions.

In that pub there was also a dartlive2. So we put some coins in the dart machine (5hkd per person per round) and played 501 and cricket, it was an awesome time, until a friend had a dart in his butt xD. Some hours later we left the pub and went slowly home. On the way back we met some really drunk Korean guys. We had a nice talk and some minutes later our way was split and we finally arrived at our hostel, where we had sweet dreams.

 

Next day the motto was REPULSE BEACH!!!!! We headed again to the star ferries on the pier and the ferry to Hong Kong centre, where we took the bus 260 to Stanley prison. We went out on repulse beach promenade. There we bought some beers and snacks and had a nice day on the beach, even the water was still too cold for swimming. But of course we put our feet in the water to cool down and enjoyed the view and the weather.

Saturday night was our prime time to partying, because Sunday morning was the last morning we could sleep until late afternoon. Anyway before we went out we ordered some momos, 10 pieces per person. The cost was 105 hkd for three portions of momos, also they were self-made. The momos were produce by Dave’s Mom, which had her “restaurant” in the 5 or 6th floor in Chung King Mansion (B Block). The momos and the sauce were really delicious and gave us enough energy for a night out in HK. After we ate like kings we took again the ferries and headed to the club area. Some hours later we were in a roof top club and we had a great view over Hong Kong. The name of the club was Hotel LKF. We enjoyed the time and the music there. After some drinks later our batteries were empty and we had to recharge them.

 

We woke up on Sunday and looked on our “bucket list” for Hong Kong. And there was still one big thing on the list, which was not ticked. THE PEAK. We took our sunglasses and went to the avenue of the stars. Unfortunately it was closed due to maintenance on a close big sky crawler. Therefore we took the ferry to the centre and went straight to the asia market. As we arrived there we bought us two rice liquors and had a good time. Also we had a look on the electronic market. Drones, cables etc. you could buy all gadgets that you “need”. “need” :).

From the bargaining and discussing and looking around we got really hungry. Therefore we ordered ¼ of swan for a snack.

Finally we arrived at the train station to the peak. Unfortunately we were not the only one, who wanted to go to the top. Due to our valuable time in Hong Kong we took a taxi to the top ( I can barely remember the price, I think it was around 250 hkd). Arrived at the top, we enjoyed the view and the atmosphere. We headed to the top of the building, after we paid the entrance fee wo could go to the top and look down on HONG KONG City. A W E S O M E!!! An astonishing panorama view over Hong Kong. Dear reader, one day, when you have the chance to go to HK, you have to do the journey up to the peak, it is a MUST. Strongly recommended. One thing additional, we have seen the symphony of light from the peak, but I have to admit that it was not spectacular as from the pier.

After the panorama we took another taxi to leave the peak, due to the big queue in front of the train station on the top. To catch a taxi, you have to walk a little bit down the street, because it is forbidden for taxi drivers to drive guest down the hill. But if you walk a little bit down and give the taxi driver a sign, they will give you a lift down.

Sunday night was our last night in Hong Kong therefore we went again to the club area where we enjoyed our last drinks. On our way back to the hostel some promoters gave us some plastic eggs with vouches in it due to the Easter days. I won a 12 free shots voucher. Yeah, you can imagine that we went to that bar/club and took the 12 free shots. And you could imagine that we said: just these 12 shots and then go home, because our flight is early in the morning.

 

Unfortunately 🙂 in the bar were more plastic eggs, which we opened and exchanged for more free shots until the bar manager came and took the plastic eggs away. For all bar managers, who are reading this article, never ever leave vouchers for free shots on the guest tables, you can imagine why :).

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Some vouchers later and 2:30 am we finally headed back to our hostel, where we charged our humans batteries for some hours until our lovely alarm clock rang……

 

The rest, I think, I do not have to describe, because everybody, who already travelled, knows how it feels when the holiday ends and you have to travel back early in the morning…

We left Hong Kong with a head full of nice memories and good experience.

For me HK is definitely a city, which I will visit again, but next time I will explorer and discover the culinary side of Hong Kong.

Yours wwW

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Image gallery of Hong Kong

Facts:

Recommendations:
Peak
Symphony of Light (20:00 at the pier)
take a ride with the ferry
Heritage trail
Repulse Beach
Sleep a night in Chunking Mansion

 

Bee-Line:
ZRH – Moskau  <-> = 2 x 2’187.42 km = 4’374.84 km
Moskau – Hong Kong <-> = 2 x 7’129.46 km = 14’258.92 km
Total = 18’633.76 km, 485.91 Euro

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