Hong Kong 5 until 11 February 2006

Hong Kong a amazing city between East and West, busy and relaxed. 

With a temperature of about 20 degrees C and rather fair weather it was a very nice period to visit this city with its very high buildings on mainland Kowloon and of course Hong Kong Island. A very crowded city but with the typical East Asian "pelan pelan" mentality, relax, a next train will come.

It was a very nice stay for 6 days which was just enough to get a good impression and to decide we will return for more site seeing of the same things and for some not seen places yet. 
We were not able to visit the Bird market because of the outbreak of bird flu. 
The use of a so called Octopus card makes the use of subway, tram, bus and even the Star Ferry very easy.

We stayed in the Miramar hotel, a very nice situated (on Nathan Road close to the subway) and with a fantastic live band, Kelly's Angels, giving performance in the bar.

We also made a short trip to Macau, the "Las Vegas" of the East Asia and Lantau Island with the famous Po Lin monastry and the 23 m high Buddha Statue.

In Hong Kong the places of interest we visited were
- Victoria Peak, visited using the Peak tram, views of the city
- Flagstaff house, the tea museum
- Temple street night market
- Western street, antique shops, dried fish and all kind of medicine
- Escalator, 800 m
- Man To temple

And in Macau:
No, we did not visit any casino and no ATM, but yes we visited the following remarkable places
- Guia fortress
- Lin Fong Miu temple
- Kun Lam temple
- The house of Sun Yat-sen
- The ruins of St. Pauls
- St. Anthony's church and
- Senado square

For more information about Hong Kong and about Macau
pictures Hong Kong and Macau