Saturday, June 27, 2009

Exploring China – Guangzhou and Hong Kong III

The next day, we were off to Hong Kong for a day trip. I promised this to the bf, as he had never been before and wanted to see the famous harbour view, the narrow lanes, the skyscrapers and the glowing signs.

It only takes 2 hours to get to Hong Kong from Guangzhou by train, yet we only had about 9 hours in the city, way too short of course.

In front of the train station.

Eastern Train Station.

Having arrived at Hong Kong, we were looking for my friend (we studied together) who’s promised to wait for us at Hung Hom Railway Station. She wasn’t around and thanks to the bf, who was more eager to get into the city than me, we arranged to meet her later at Star Ferry Pier.

And there it was: the famous view. A narrow stretch of water and just behind, hundreds of skyscrapers hugging the impressive peaks of Hong Kong Island. It was a cloudy and windy day, and the ferry crossing was a bit rocky. The view however is absolutely stunning, no matter how many times you have seen it before.

Then we proceeded to a Dim Sum restaurant, which is an absolute institution in Hong Kong, but is still only frequented by locals. None of the thousands Western expats of Hong Kong was seen in this busy restaurant.

Dim Sum restaurant.
Serving tea.

I didn’t like the farang expats of Hong Kong. They are mostly working in finance I suppose and I didn’t like their “I-look-so-important-look” at all. They work in finance so in their work they don’t advance humanity by one inch, yet they get the highest paycheques – that’s not right!

After having enjoyed the lunchtime experience of exquisite Dim Sum, totally stuffed with the best ingredients, delicious tea and heavy desserts, we took the tram to Victoria Mountain. The view was again, incredible, if a bit impeded by the clouds.
After a bit of half-hearted shopping and a fun tram-ride, we were already on our way back to the Mainland again.
We arrived in our Soi late at night, but hungry. The restaurant next to the hotel served humongous mussels steamed with a mix of capsicum, butter and garlic, as well as crispy fried salt & pepper prawns.

Ordering water is apparently odd in China so they brought us two bottles of beer – a good ending to a long day!

Seafood - you choose, we kill and cook.


Anonymous said...

hi, may i know how much is it the train ride from guangzhou to hongkong? thanks.

BB said...

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