09.05.2011 - 13.05.2011 28 °C
Hong Kong was our next stop and it is the complete opposite of Thailand. We stayed in the Hong Kong Gold Coast which is about 25 minutes out of the city, but there is a bus that runs hourly every day which costs about $3 each way. The hotel was about $70 American a night and had a large balcony that looked out over the sea and parts of the city. It's definitely a family hotel and there were kids everywhere and waterslides around the pool.
The city was very clean, much like Singapore and the shopping is mostly high end brands, but it is worth scoping out the markets which run at night. There are heaps of bargains and you can barter with the sellers, you can buy almost anything there from imitation high end brands, shoes, clothes jewellery and food. Food in Hong Kong is delicious if you just follow the locals, just look for the ones that are busy, they sell great peking bbq pork, chicken and duck and menus are printed in English as well as Chinese.
Hong Kongs focus seems to be all about the shopping - the Chinese seem obsessed with buying Gucci, Prada etc and are happy to save up to buy it. There are a few wealthy businessmen floating about too, as we saw a couple of Bentley's ferrying around what must have been wives and girlfriends. The cable car was worth taking up - its a little terrifying on the way up because it runs almost vertical up the hill but one you get to the top the view is amazing - and there's also a madame toussade's up there.