2 days down, 3 days to go in Hong Kong. We arrived during a thunderstorm, I've never seen rain like it! Our hotel is in Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon, really nice hotel and the room comes with complete with its own microwave, fridge, kettle...luxury compared to the hostels! That night we wanted to explore the area a bit, but 50metres down the road and we were already drenched.
Yesterday was slightly more eventful. We started the day attempting to find somewhere for breakfast. We weren't too sure what a Chinese breakfast consisted, and when we found somewhere it appeared to be beef noodles. Didn't really fancy that at 10am so I settled for a pineapple bun (which tasted nothing like pineapple) and a tea. The rest of the day we ticked off the tourist hotspots on Kowloon - the Chi Lin nunnery, Nan Lian gardens and the Wong Tai Sin temple which was full of bright colours, strong smelling incense and Buddhas. Really interesting. It was all getting a bit humid for us by this point so we decided to stop by the shopping mall, where we discovered a Marks and Spencer's! Kate was in heaven. And soon after that we found a supermarket selling essential Waitrose goods! Just like being back home.
That evening we had a Chinese culinary experience...a hotpot! It came as chicken in a sauce and you can add ingredients into it from a long list. These included chicken testicle, goose intestine and pigs blood curds. We played it safe with some sweet corn and courgette.
Today we planned on visiting the island of Lantau where there is a 'Big Buddha'. Weather was terrible this morning so we waited for it to clear before getting the cable car over to Ngong Ping, a village consisting of several restaurants and tourists shops. The cable ride gave stunning views over the city, until half way up. From that point on we saw the middle of a cloud for the duration of our visit. We arrived at the village and could see about 2 metres in front of us, which didn't bode well for seeing the big Buddha. We made the climb anyway up loads of stairs in the hope the mist would clear. It didn't. We also tried to visit the Po Lin monastery, which I'm sure was beautiful but we only managed to see a vague outline of building. It was a shame, but good fun regardless.