Lennard's Trip 2007 travel blog

School questionaires

Workers in safety coolie hats

Cars, road and walkway

Arrived in Hong Kong last night. The hotel is in Kowloon but has a good free bus service into town.

We have spent today going around Hong Kong Island. We walked along Star Avenue (tribute to movie stars favoured by the Chinese who spent much time posing with the movie statues for video and pictures)to reach the ferry and were soon in the midst of a school questionnaire run. First the primary school asking us what we liked about Hong Kong & later the secondary school pupil asking us about superstitions. The whole city was heaving with school trips! Keith invented several alias' to help them along!

Highlights of today included a trip up the escalator taking you from the harbour area up to Soho. Think it's the longest escalator in the world - but may be wrong. Anyway, it took us about 20 mins to go up it. Most of it above street height, stopping for roads as you go. Hong Kong seems to specialise in high rise pedestrian walkways. They are everywhere & keep you out of the heavy traffic. I suppose that the island is so small that it's been needed to maximise space.

We took another hill tramway along from the escalator, probably designed and built at the same time as the one in Wellington as it was much the same though a little bigger.This one took us to the view point on the hills above Hong Kong. There is building work going on all over the area. Here is was lower key laying of paving and gardening. Many women still wear the coolie hats for work, subtly adapted for H&S times by the addition of a hard hat either in top of the hat, or just the brim added to the hard hat.

Sadly the smog was too heavy to give a good picture. The smog is bad partly because of the density of pollution in the city, but mainly because of pollution coming over from China.

Just taking a break here in the Museum of Tea before going back to the Harbour & an evening trip on a Junk (what else!) Keith is waiting to catch up on the football while & go for a look round and find out about China tea & it's history.

We're off to explore more of Kowloon tomorrow before catching the late night flight home.

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