Day 2 in Hong Kong and we woke up to yet more torrential rain! A bit of a setback, but given the number of shops and cityscapes here, we remainded undeterred.. We set off for Kowloon which sits across the bay from HK Island where we are staying and first made our way to the 'Avenue of the Stars': the local Hollywood Walk of Fame and found hundreds of stars whose names we could not pronouce let alone put a face to the name! We did stumble upon the stars of Jet Li and Jackie Chan though, and despite the pouring rain I had to get my picture beside the hand prints of one of the worst actors of our time..!
The views of the HK Island skyline were great from here and we spent ages just staring at the sheer magnitude of it all before making our way to the small Ocean Terminal shopping centre for some light relief. With only 700 shops and 50 restaurants we managed to fill a few hours there (and Louise managed to fill a few bags too!) and as HK is duty free EVERYWHERE, the shops are even more welcoming.
After lunch we took a trip on the famous Star Ferry back to the Island before making our way to the Worlds longest escalator. At 752 metres in length you can see why it gets the title, but the more amazing thing was that it was outdoors and passed loads of shop and house windows on the way! While on this I could smell Krispy Kreme donuts in the air and after a few hundred yards I managed to track it down and get some of the little beauties in to fuel our walk to the Peak tram car. This was about 500 yards from the shop so glad I'd downed two donuts rather than one!
The Peak tram takes you up to the Peak (funnily enough) which is a vantage point to the rear of the city. This funicular railway is quite an experience as it goes up a gradient which reaches 27%. That is A LOT! Worth it for the views at the top which we managed to see in both daytime and night, and which you can now share through the wonders of technology! Now back at the hotel doing a drought dance to try and see if we can get at least one dry day here!
Hope you are all well. L & A