Wednesday June 22nd, 2011
I came back to Korea for a week, but today is the start of our journey back home- together.
We plan to spend a few days in the very lively city of Hong Kong. Neither of us have been here before, except for the airport, which I dread. Simply because everytime I have been there, I have had 8 hours standbys and my flight would always resumed at 2am to fly into Changwon. DREADED IT!!!
Apart from the airport, I have heard some great things about Hong Kong. Mainly about the food and the light show in the evenings. We have a free schedule at the moment and will take it as it comes. We kind of just want to relax before we make the 9 hour flight back home to Sydney, so its great that we've been able to fit in a little holiday and see another part of the world.
Daniel was great with the planning. He organised our flights and booked us into the Langham Hotel, which was located in Kowloon. The position was great as we were across the road from Harbour City- a large department store and only a 15 minute walk to the wharf. There are plenty of restaurants and bars around that offer both asian and western meals.
We cleared customs and one of the airport staff lead us to our limousine taxi which we organised once we landed. As we walked towards the exit, I noticed the palm trees severely swaying side to side. Yep. We were welcomed by a Category 3 Typhoon!!! I don't know too much about how Typhoons work, but the taxi driver said they usually only last a couple of days. By tomorrow afternoon it should clear up. And if it doesn't, then retailers and businesses would shut up shop and everyone would be told to go home. That only really happens if the Typhoon reaches the Category 5 mark. LOL.
We checked in just after 1pm and although I saw photos of the Langham on TripAdvisor, this Hotel was so much better in real life. The elegance, the service. I felt so spoilt. Daniel really knows how to treat his girl. Our room was perfect. It was big and roomy and the little pamper box in the bathroom was divine.
We went to grab some lunch at the very American restaurant diner in the hotel, called the Main St. Deli. The price was reasonable as the servings were huge!. After lunch, the Typhoon was still acting fierce, but we decided to brave it. All the locals and tourists were, so why not us. We crossed the road to the train station and caught a train to Mongkok. Here you will find the Ladies Markets, which are located on Tung Choi Street. Sai Yeung Choi Street South has all the electrical goods, cosmetics and discount books. There are many other streets that run along each other that sell almost anything and everything you could ever want. We only spent an afternoon there, but I strongly recommend making a day out of it. The markets are huge and there's not enough hours in a day to see it all.
I love the atmosphere here in Hong Kong. The weather is humid, the streets are awake all night long and it's very easy to get around. It seems everyone can speak English here!!!