Adventures of Jacqui and Paul
We arrived in Hong Kong in the morning but after immigration, customs and further train journeys etc etc we didn't actually check into our hotel untill about 2pm. The hotel was pretty posh actually but I was most impressed by the fact that they had British plug sockets!!! and the drive on the left and we had some decent tv channels so Paul was happy....The first thing Paul does when we arrive anywhere is literally get into the room throw the bags down anywhere and turn the tv on and flick through every channel...and then complain about the lack of English channels. We didn't do too much on the first day, just had a wander around taking in the city and had a farewell meal with our group at an incredibly over priced Irish restaurant. After that we went back to the harbour to see the famous light show..which was a complete disappointment and let down it was pretty lame. To end the night we wandered around for hours and hours to find a bar *all the bars in Hong Kong seem to be massage parlours* and eventually stumbled upon one by accident. Paul seemed to enjoy it there, I thought it was a bit weird but had a nice extremely alcoholic cocktail. Our real sight seeing started the following day and we managed to pack a lot in. First stop was the peak tram, when we got to the top we were able to view the whole of Hong Kong and took some decent photos of the skyline. On the way back we thought it was a must to get the Star Ferry...very cheap and takes about 2 seconds I personally don't see the point but seems to be a big tourist attraction, After that we visited Kowloon park, rather big and lots going on but quite peaceful at the same time...all I was bothered about was that it was free...Hong Kong is deceptively expensive. There was lots to do at the park, we went to the aviary and saw some dodgy looking noisy birds and then we sat in the Chinese garden for a bit where there were lots of little turtles swimming about in the lake, very cute. In the guide books it suggests visiting the fish market and seeing as it was free I was up for that, however it was not as easy as it seemed getting there as the stupid book we had told us to go completely the wrong way to the wrong metro station but when we finally got there it was worth it because there were lots of little pet shops selling the tiniest cutest little puppies ever...Paul literally had to drag me away I was ready to purchase every single one of them.We rounded off the day with a visit to the Mong Kok night market which was just full of crap but still enjoyable looking at all the rubbish tourists were buying. On our Third day....DISNEYWORLD what more can I say?? It was truly magical and I got my photo taken with every character I could find. Paul loved it too... Final day in Hong kong....Ocean Park. To be fair it was a bit of a let down ride wise...we were expecting huge rollercoasters and some good themeage but it was never going to live up to Disney. The one good ride it did have literally nearly killed me and clearly was not safe. It threw me around everywhere...my head bashed around *which is not good considering my previous injuries* and I was nearly crying by the time I got off it was so traumatic. I hated every second. One thing that saved it for me though was the PANDAS!! My dream has now been accomplished and I have seen pandas in China. Paul wouldn't let me stay for very long though ;( as he wasn't too bothered about seeing these rare, close to extinction, beautiful creatures. The animal shows at Ocean park were quite good and we got quite close to some massive sea lions and dolphins. And the cable car we had to get about 5 million times because the layout is so awful was good. Early morning get up at 4am for bus to the airport to catch a plane to Japan....First stop Tokyo...