11/01/09: Hong Kong
I was a little hesitant to bring it up last night just before 3am, but finally popped the question: “What if you sleep in and I’ll go explore Hong Kong in the morning?” Zhou’s response came quickly: “I was just going to suggest that myself!”
We both know Zhou very well, and if she doesn’t get her sleep, she becomes a little grouchy. (On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the T. Rex from Toy Story and 10 being a pre-Whoville Grinch, Zhou falls in at around 8.2.) However, after the debacle from yesterday, we had planned to cover this morning what we missed last night. Then we got to talking on Google Video and didn’t get off, which left the predicament that led to the above solution. So this morning at 6:15 I woke up and took off. Here’s what happened:
Unlike most Hong Kongers (Hong Kongites?), I have not learned how to sleep through all stops up until my own, so I have to stay awake on the MTR. So I pretended to sleep on the empty red line, but really I just took a picture of myself with my eyes shut. If you’ll notice though, in an attempt to blend in with the natives, I have the iPod earbuds in (don’t tell them it was set on Dave Matthews Band – I don’t think they’re all that popular here).
Following directions, I looked right while crossing the road to the Peak Tram. Then following the directions that I learned in Kindergarten, I looked left as well.
This tram is city-renown for the steepness of its angle of attack up the hill. Buildings look like they’re at 45 degree angles, but I wasn’t fooled by the optical illusion.
Ooh! Bubba Gump Shrimp at Victoria Peak… I have to go! Nuts, not open at 7am.
The view from the peak was amazing, even though I’ve heard it’s much better at night when the city lights are on. Notice I’m still wearing the indigenous iPod earbuds.
Even my Pacific Coffee Company breakfast enjoyed the landscape.
These signs were everywhere at the peak, but I wasn’t scared. (a) There weren’t all that many people around and (b) it looked like I could take them in a fight.
After making my way back down to the city via the tram, I walked 15 minutes to Central Pier 2 to see the world’s only life-sized Noah’s Ark display. It didn’t open until 10am, but I figured I’d take a picture from afar. After all, if Noah really did fit two of every animal onto this boat, it must be huuuuuge.
Wait, where did it go? Oh, you have to take a ferry to another island. What a waste… I headed back to Central Pier 7 and took the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui, because I actually wanted to go there. Apparently the Star Ferry is a very touristy thing to do. Don’t let the Hong Kongian iPod earbuds confuse you – I’m really a tourist.
I grabbed my new addiction (McDonald’s overpriced Iced Chocolate) and walked right past the Hong Kong Space Museum to see something more worthwhile.
Ahhh, there it is – Jackie Chan’s square on the Avenue of Stars. Hey, look! His hands are the same size as mine. I think I’m destined for great martial arts things.
I’m going to put that last sentence to the test. Here’s a picture of me about to get in the ring with a statue of Bruce Lee. He doesn’t stand a chance.
Ok, he was better than I thought. I guess the only thing left to do is walk home in shame. Whoa, the stairs here are really small. My heels are pressed against the back and my feet still hang over the edge.
As you could tell I had quite a morning but I was ready to get back to the apartment so I could switch tenses all through the writing of this post. Plus, Zhou’s going to take me to one of my all-time favorite nice restaurants for lunch… I can’t wait!
Picture of the Day: I’ve never heard of these before, but I’m bummed that we missed them by only a month!