Sunday, March 31, 2013
Ni hao from Hong Kong!
After many hours and a couple of looooong (and uneventful) flights, we are finally in Hong Kong. We arrived right on time at 11:10 pm, breezed through Immigration and Customs, and found our way to the taxi line. Boy--they sure are efficient here--different color taxis for each area. We stood in a very quick moving line for about 10 minutes, and the official "taxi traffic directors" showed us just where to wait for the next taxi in line. It was about a 45 minute ride into the city, and we were checked in and settled in our room by 12:45 or so.
We are happy with our hotel choice, although our room is T-I-N-Y . No complaints from us, though--it is spotlessly clean and best of all, it's free! We're using hotel points for our week stay here in Hong Kong and also Beijing--yaaaaay!
Here's the view from our room on the 15th floor. Victoria Park, Victoria Harbor with the Kowloon side of Hong Kong on the other side of the harbor: (and yes, it's a little wet out there!)
As soon as we were checked in we hit the street--walked just a couple of doors down to a 7-11 to buy some water and a beer to share. My hope was the beer would make me sleepy, but no such luck.
It was almost a sleepless night--but I'm sure by tomorrow (Monday) we'll be good to go!
After about 2 hours of very fitful (non) sleep, we gave up and decided to get up, have our morning coffee, and start exploring Hong Kong. We planned our day, mapped out our MTR route, and left our hotel about 8:30. We walked the short block or so to our nearest Metro station and bought two "senior" passes--here in Hong Kong they are called Oyster cards. So far we are very impressed with the MTR here--very clean, well signed in English (whew!) and best of all, the stations we used today all had escalators instead of miles of stairs like in Paris!
Our first order of business was to find some place for breakfast (no Starbucks or McDonalds for us--we're going for the full Chinese experience here!). We hopped on the MTR and rode several stops to the Central District, an older part of Honk Kong Island. We found a small restaurant serving breakfast, and each ordered a bowl of noodles with pork, which came with a small omelet on the side and white wonder bread toast. David ordered coffee, and I had tea. When my tea came, it had milk in it--kinda weird. We passed on the toast, but really enjoyed our noodles and the omelet was just OK. All in all, a very good breakfast for about $4 each. Here's our yummy noodles--the broth was really good, and the pork had a 5 spice flavored sauce on it:
Here's the beginning--just the first of many, many levels:
I always enjoy a good street market: