The nightly light show along the Avenue of the Stars, Hong Kong

The nightly light show along the Avenue of the Stars, Hong Kong

Hong Kong

We got up at 7.30am to catch a bus and ferry across to Hong Kong. We got the bus at 9.20am, which took about an hour, then the ferry which took around 2 hours. When we arrived we tried to get a cab from an underground station but the queue was huge and because the traffic was bad none of the taxis were even going anywhere. It was an incredibly hot, noisy and fume filled car park that made me a bit worried I might pass out from lack of oxygen.

Taxi, Bus, Ferry, Subway

We gave up and decided to get on the subway. Mark helped us get our Octopus cards, the Hong Kong equivalent of an Oyster card, and we got the subway with him as far he needed to get off then we continued on to the stop near our hotel. We tried to navigate our way from the station exit ourselves but ended up crossing over the same road 4 times trying to figure out which way to go before giving up and hailing a cab. What a relief to be in country where everyone speaks English!

The crowds on Nathan Road

The crowds on Nathan Road

 

Butterflies

We arrived at The Butterfly on Wellington hotel, freshened up and went out to find something to eat. We walked along Wellington Street, which was a lot more Asian than the other streets we had passed along on the way, until we found a funky little café where we got a sandwich and coffee totalling around $200 (£20-ish). It’s much more expensive here than mainland China! Next we went to Nathan Road where Will was looking to buy some parts for his camera, while I had a stroll along this famous and incredibly busy shopping street.

Bruce Lee statue on the Avenue of the Stars, Hong Kong

Bruce Lee statue on the Avenue of the Stars, Hong Kong

 

Light Show

We headed to the north island to see the nightly light show along the harbour. We walked along The Avenue of the Stars, a walking street with the names of Asian movie stars in the ground and a statue of Bruce Lee. The show itself was ok, nothing to rave about but worth a look.

We used the ‘mid-level elevator’; a really cool escalator system to help you quickly walk up the hills and along the streets of Hong Kong, which blew my mind!
We headed back on the subway and asked the hotel where we might go for dinner. She suggested going to the Soho area, which is close to the hotel and a popular area for Westerners. We used the ‘mid-level elevator’ to get there; a really cool escalator system used to help you quickly walk up the hills and along the streets of Hong Kong, which blew my mind!

The Mid Levels in Soho, HK - escalators on the side of the footpaths to help you get around quicker

The Mid Levels in Soho, HK – escalators on the side of the footpaths to help you get around quicker

 

Mid Levels

We chose to eat in a pizzeria just off Shelley Street next to the escalator. After some delicious pizza, one of which had sprouts as a topping(!), we decided to move on to a bar just down the road next to the escalator. We had a drink and people-watched from the roadside, where I realised that Hong Kong is all about people making lots of money, and at 11.30pm we decided to call it a night.