I'm really enjoying Hong Kong. Much more than I thought I would before coming here. Originally, I feared it would be oppressive and overwhelming like Tokyo, but instead I've found it surprisingly manageable, even with the massive edifices sprung up all over the piece, and the throngs of people everywhere.
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Lane and I are here on business, doing a quick bit of work with the very good people at Cathay Pacific. We've taken advantage of the trip to get around a bit, wandering all over. Some highlights included the Aviary in Hong Kong Park...
(I hate seeing that emerging bald spot on the back of my head)
Everything is surrounded by buildings
...Bizarrely shaped skyscrapers everywhere...
...and the lights and sounds of Kowloon...
Out in front of the super elegant Peninsula hotel
On a side street in Tsim Sha Tsui...
We've eaten a variety of food (I've had abalone, prawns, squid-ink pasta, omelettes, an amazingly good hamburger, sushi, etc.), and have just had a great time soaking in the surroundings.
I'll report more when I have more time... but now... off for more exploring!
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Hey Peter - nice pics. Hope you're having fun there - seems like more open space. Tokyo can be a little dense. Oppressive? Overwhelming? I think overwhelming I like. But sometimes I yearn for the type of scenic vistas I hear about from HK visitors. Like you, and ten months ago, Harvey Smith. Have to go there myself some day -
Posted by Justin Hall @ 12/04/2002 05:11 PM PST [link to this comment]
I see you found the Star Ferry. : . )
Posted by AG @ 12/04/2002 06:03 PM PST [link to this comment]
Sigh. HK is such a great place. Hope you can get to Victoria Peak on a nice day, and look down on all those huge skyscrapers. From that vantage point HK looks like the bay area, super-condensed-style. Look for the Ralph Nader sticker I left up there, too. Heh.
Posted by richard @ 12/05/2002 08:45 AM PST [link to this comment]
"Click 'More...' " ??
surely that should be "Click here: More..." ?
Posted by Anita Rowland @ 12/05/2002 09:01 AM PST [link to this comment]
Didn't you notice on the Lippo buildings that it is actually koala bears hugging the buildings?
Did you have high tea at the peninsula hotel? That place is totally amazing. I was just there in September to meet some of my husband's relatives and had a blast shopping like crazy.
I really miss HK.
You have to try this morning drink called ying yang tea(it's tea, coffee, and condensed milk) It's totally amazing. And you can't miss jook in the morning with chinese broccoli.
Posted by Madonnalisa @ 12/05/2002 09:48 AM PST [link to this comment]
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