I had to go to Hong Kong to get my visa. This was a whirwind trip... from Kunming to Shenzhen by air, then a trek through Shenzhen to find the border crossing station, where I crossed by foot into Hong Kong SAR, where I took a train to Kowloon. I reversed the trip the next day. The whole thing took me just over 24 hours. Yipes! So I only have a couple of pictures... but that's ok, most of the place looks pretty much the same.
Hong Kong is interesting -- there are so many foreigners there! It's also incredibly commercial, and expensive. Kunming is cheap by most standards... a plate of fried rice here is about 4 kuai, and in Hong Kong it's 25 kuai. That's a big difference.
I had one other major task to accomplish while I was in Hong Kong, and that was to find a pair of shoes. I blew out my Timberland street shoes in the Tibetan mountains, and all I had left was a pair of Pony tennies. As China has no shoes in my size, Hong Kong was my best bet. Indeed, I found a nice pair of Clarks on sale for a mere 700 HKD, or around $90 US. Probably the most expensive pair of shoes I've ever bought.
|I arrived in Kowloon at 9:30 p.m. on a warm, drizzly night. Here are three photos of the main island across the way. That's the Hong Kong everyone is familiar with, although there's a lot of it on the mainland.|
|Hong Kong island at night.|
|Here's something of a closeup of the bright lights, big city.|
|This is the delightful hotel room where I encamped for the evening, for $150 HKD. That's about as cheap as it gets in Hong Kong. I could get a luxury suite in Kunming for that much!|
|Here's the Hong Kong street scenes everyone knows and loves. Narrow streets with signs hanging all over the place! It was pretty fun.|
|Another Hong Kong street...|
|...and yet another. This was actually the site of the Ladies' Market at Mon Kok where I went to look for shoes. I didn't know that the Ladies' Market didn't set up until 11:00, so I missed it.|