February 5, 2011

Hong Kong Day 4 - Kung Hei Fat Choy

Guests pack the rooftop of the Salisbury YMCA for the viewing of the Lunar New Year fireworks show on Fri. Feb 4, 2011.
Kung Hei Fat Choy! Even though being Chinese, and having parents that strongly encouraged the cultural practices of our heritage, I had never seen the celebration of the Lunar New Year to be as big of a deal as January 1.  Probably cause I would get to blow shit up.  In China, the Luar New Year goes out with all the Pomp and Circumstance as any other country celebrates the regular new years.  There was a massive parade complete with floats, a 10 million dollar (HKD) fireworks show, and to top it all off everything was fricken closed!!! doh!  As apart of our tour pacakge, we had the New Years' buffet at the Salisbury YMCA (hotel we're staying at) and got to witness the fireworks show from the YMCA's Roof.

February 4, 2011

Hong Kong Day 3 - Peak Travel

Shadows are cast in the midday sun on Feb 3, 2011 in Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong.

We made the trip out to Victoria Peak since Liam, my younger brother, hasn't been there...ever.  We decided to catch the peak tram up to Victoria Peak, and spend a good chunk of the day up there.  The last time I was up there, the Peak Tower was closed and the Peak Tram was undergoing some major maintenance, so it was inaccessible to the general public.  We made the mistake of getting off the subway at admiralty station instead of central station, and had to footmobile it up a angry hill.  It did provide for some cool photos while we made the trek up to the tram terminal.

February 2, 2011

Hong Kong Day 1

Traffic on Hong Kong Island Wed. Feb. 2, 2011.
Adjusting to the new time zone has taken quite the toll on our little travelling group.  I had about 5 hours of sleep since we had landed, gotten unpacked, arrived at the Hotel, and gotten to bed.  5 hours after all of that, and I found myself awake and on the move, yet again.  First stop. Dim Sum for breakfast.  Then it was a half day of touring Hong Kong in our little travel group from Pali Tours.  We made our way to a little noodle factory, where between my mom and Chuck Tsui (our travel leader) they must've bought out the entire remaining day's supply of noodles.