Thursday 19 September 2013

Day 9 - Until the next time Hong Kong

Our time in Hong Kong is up for this holiday. Today we leave for Dubai. As our flight is actually tomorrow at 12:30am we've booked the apartment for an extra full day to allow us the time to explore, pack and get to the airport without the rush of an early check out.

After a long evening the night before we kick started a little later. It's quite hard to "rest" when visiting a city like Hong Kong as there is just so much happening. You find yourself caught up in the buzz of the city that you spend little time at home relaxing. This isn't so much a problem as we move to Dubai next where all we plan to do is soak up the sun and relax. 

We ventured back to Kowloon and headed up the 100 floors to Sky100. It's an expensive experience but the 360 degree views were certainly impressive. 

We had read many positive reviews about a Chinese vegetarian restaurant nearby called Three Virtues, so we headed over for a bit to eat. We where the only non-local customers, thankfully they did have an English menu. Whilst being vegetarian the foods were named after animal counterparts like chicken cartilage and shark fin. We picked three of the safest dishes which was an experience. We started with jasmine tea and soft nuts and for mains we had rice with fake ham with sweet and sour wantons. 

Having 90 mins to get back to the apartment to start the packing we decided to squeeze in a little walk to the avenue of the stars and the waterfront to take in the views across the Hong Kong Island one more time. 

The mid Autumn moon was high in the sky. Locals took photos of it whilst kids wandered around with lit lanterns. Tonight is the festival and we are going to miss it! The skyline here in Hong Kong has to be one of the most impressive I've ever seen. It's hard to say goodbye to such a beautiful and energetic city. 

We took the ferry across the harbor and headed back to the apartment to pack our bags and make our way to the airport. 

Hong Kong station located near by is where yiu can take the airport express. For a small charge (on octopus) you can even check in and drop your bags there! It was as usual very warm out and we didn't want to drag out bags through the underground/metro and streets above. The plan was to take a taxi to the station. However none of them would pick us up! We hope it was not because we where two white men with bags and they want to only deal with locals and local journeys. Countless available taximen blanked us. We had no choice but to drag our bags. 

Time was tight now, so the in city check in was a saviour. It only took 30 mins to get to the airport (which is MASSIVE). 

Our flight to Dubai is due to take off at 12:35am. Goodbye Hong Kong. You have been incredible (again). 

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