Hello! Greetings from Hong Kong. You will have to bear with me as I'm using a computer all in Chinese language.
Well after all the goodbyes at the airport I was in passport control for 5 mins before something went wrong. I kind of forgot to pick up my debit card from the pants I was wearing in the morning. That and also the fact that that my money wont arrive in my other account until thursday meant that I was going to have a problem. Thank goodness for credit cards! Anyways the flight down to Heathrow was quick and I had a "celebrity" two rows in front of me in the form of ex-England and current Man City manager Sven Goran Ericsson. I know I know, I've hit the big time. Anyways Terminal 5 was fine and I was given 2 free cocktails of one of the Airport shopping people, which is always nice. Feeling a bit sloshed, I wandered onto the plane and it took off where I received my complimentary double whiskey and coke and then fell asleep.
Shortly after I woke up we landed in Hong Kong greeted by lots of cloud. Airport Express took me straight to the Hong Kong central and I took the tube to my hotel for about 30p. Transport is ridiculously cheap here. The tube was packed and suddenly I noticed something... everyone was staring at me. I quickly looked around and saw that I must have been the only white person on the train at all, which I'm definitely not used to. Got to the hotel which is at the tube station. Its alright and looks clean. Grabbed a shower and headed back outside to check out the surroundings. Wow! All I did was turn round the corner at my little quiet road and it was a whole different world. They sold everything imaginable. The thing is I'm nowhere near the centre of Hong Kong, I'm just in the suburb and so I wasn't really expecting this. Everything was dirt cheap. So I bought myself a watch for two quid and various other bits and pieces. I had bought bags full and it came to less that 20 quid. Then the same thing occurred on the train happened on the streets. I was just a little white dot in a sea of Chinese faces. I hadn't seen another white person in an hour and it was brilliant. Completely cut off from everyone and everything.
Generally after the heat that hits you (its 24C at 6PM in about 95% humidity) its usually the smell. Its unexplainable. Something like a mixture between fresh fish, sewers, noodles and pollution. I actually can see at first hand why china is the biggest polluter in the world.
Hong Kong in a word..... MAD!!!