Welcome to Hong Kong16 mars 2015
So we are now in Hong Kong for a week! (Thank you for the only one who tried to guess :-))
Hong Kong is a huge city like New York City. It is Times Square in every corner: full of lights and screens, full of people and full of shops.
This morning, we explored Kowloon, the area where our guesthouse is located. We walked in the busy streets until we reached Kowloon Park, a beautiful and peaceful park with a cartoon characters alley. We briefly visited St Andrew's Church and went down to Tsim Sha Tsui East promenade which offers amazing views over the skyline (unfortunately very foggy).
Next, we took the Star Ferry to go to Central Hong Kong. It is a lovely cruise, surely better when it's sunny. Central Hong Kong is crazy with shops everywhere, luxury brands and huge shopping malls. There are more jewellry shops than any other shops here. But as you turn the corner, you can find a cute traditional market. After a lot of walk, we treated ourselves by taking the metro. We got down two stations before, so we could walk to Temple street where there is a night market (not very interesting).
Tonight, we have eaten Japanese food before heading back to our guesthouse.
Hong Kong infos:
Hong Kong was transferred to the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997 and became China's first Special Administrative Region (the other ones are Macao and Taiwan) under the principle of "one country, two systems". It means that Hong Kong has retained its own currency (the Hong Kong Dollar), legal system, parliamentary system and people's rights and freedom.
The population in Hong Kong is over 7 million.
A funny fact about its currency is that 4 banks are allowed to print banknotes and each of them print a different design. So, for instance, you can find 4 different banknotes of 20! Easy to get confused!