My friend Veronica, who is Aussie, flew from Madrid to meet me in Hong Kong on her way to Sydney. I flew from Home in Seattle to Hong Kong on my way to Jakarta. Amazing the age we live in. After some nerves about finding each other in an airport neither of us had seen, without cell phones, Veronica popped up at my side. Both our flights were delayed and I thought there was a high probability we would have trouble but that wasn't the case.
We stayed on the mainland in Kowloon at a clean hostel with tiny, TINY rooms. Small rooms plus the amount of luggage we had meant we spent lots of time moving things about. Kowloon felt very commercial with residential bits mixed in above. The word I keep coming back to for Hong Kong is jostling. The volume of people and the people per square meter was astounding. When walking down the sidewalk you have to constantly pay attention to where your walking, the route between people and to your location. It is a nice walkable city in the sense that the sidewalks are wide and on nearly every street, even small ones. The subway and bus system run well, are cheap and timely. I would kill to have that system here in Jakarta, but alas, we are stuck with one insufficient public busway system that closes when a bus accidentally hits a kid. The octopus transport card that works for buses, subway and ferries was brilliant. The best parts of Kowloon were the ones we saw late in the trip, the botanical garden and a temple relatively close to it. It was nice to get away from the commercialism and hordes of people.
|Waiting to cross a main street near the hostel.|
|Looking from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island at night. The night lights/laser show started here and included these buildings.|
|Lamma Island part way between the two towns.|
|Big Buddha on Lantau Island|