10.15.2007 - 10.20.2007
Hong Kong is such a cool city! I know, I know, we are noticing little things more after coming from mainland China, but really - its a 180 from China. The Chinese definitely love their lights and billboards, and Hong Kong is nooo exception:
Its actually really pretty when everything is lit up at night, although it kinda makes the skyline look boring during the day. Thats just my opinion though. Hong Kong happens to have the worlds largest light show every night at 8pm - the skyline on both the island side and the mainland side do this spectacular show. We went tonight and it was really cool how the buildings 'dance' to this background music and light up with different colors and shapes:
We also have been walking around a lot and have gone to out-of-this-world shopping malls. Really, I haven't seen anything like it. Think of the biggest, cleanest, most expensive and luxurious mall and times that by 10 and you will get one of the many malls here. Its sooo clean and sparkly, nicely decorated, and a concierge that practically fall over themselves to help you out. There is also an automated touch-screen computer on each floor to guide you to certain stores (with a map and how to get there and everything). We were practically drooling over it. Its definitely a lot more posh and we felt waaaay under-dressed because everyone was in a business suit or looked really nice.. and we were in shorts, tank-tops and flip-flops.
HK also has the worlds largest escalator that takes you around the city... they even have a neat area convienently called SoHo. I'm totally guessing, but I believe it may be around a couple of miles long? The escalator takes you up and up, but then you have to walk back down by stairs. Its really cute and lots of nice shops and restaurants along the way, and of course nice views of the streets and what not. Here is a pict of it:
I really like it here! It kinda reminds me of New York in a way that the city never seems to sleep and its just busy with people everywhere. Besides the busy city life, there is this really cool park called Victoria Park on a hill top that we took a tram up to (too steep to walk!). We had a nice 1-hour walk around it... the view was kinda hazy, but it was still cool to see the harbour and the skyline.
HK is very diverse and very modern and clean. Its going to be tough leaving, I'm getting too comfortable with civilization!