How to spend less than 24 hours in Hong Kong Part 4

If you might have missed my previous posts to the Hong Kong series I have written, you can check them here:

Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3

The first two times I had less than 24 hours in this cosmopolitan city. The last time I had slightly over 24 hours. This time I had less than 24 hours again.

I stayed at Hop Inn Mody Hostel again which is located in Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s very central, spacious and affordable. I would recommend this hostel, and I would definitely stay here again.

As the posts before, I will list all the things you could do in one day in Hong Kong.

So here we go:

1. Breakfast in a cafe near your hostel:

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Most chinese cities, especially Hong Kong, have plenty of different cafes at every corner that serve delicious pastry, sandwiches, and coffee, all fitting the taste buds of any westerner. Coming from Germany, the country known for its variety of bread, I approve of the cafes in Hong Kong.

 2. Visit the museums:

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Walking to the museum as you can see it in the background

Hong Kong has some interesting and unique museums to offer, especially close to Tsim Sha Tsui in the harbour area. I visited two museums which are in the same building. The Hong Kong Museum of History, and the Science Museum.

Here are some small reviews of the two museums I visited.

  • Science Museum:

I had the feeling that this museum was directed more towards kids. There was a lot of information about the human body, for example, that should be known to adults. Still, I liked how interactive the museum was. There were different activites involved with obtaining the information. It’s definitely worth a visit, even for adults.

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This was pretty impressive. lightning bolts would apear when you touched the glass. I guess it was some magnetic lightning ball.
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There was a hall of mirrors that had special effects, like this one making us small and wide :’D Not flattering at all.
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This one’s already way better. The kid’s face is too hilarious :’D
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This was a triangle-shaped mirror tube. This is what it looked like from the other side. I asked the girl if I could snap a photo of her. Yes, this time I asked to take a photo of a stranger, not the other way around :’D
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And this is how it looked like when I tried to take a selfie in that triangle-tube. It didn’t have the same effect of course. SCIENCE!

So if you have seen everything you wanted to see in Hong Kong, go ahead and have a look inside the science museum. It doesn’t take too much time to walk through it, especially as an adult.

There was also a nail bed where visitors were allowed to lie down on it, and a professional advised what to do. I did it as well, and it didn’t hurt at all. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of that. But it was an interesting experience.

  • Hong Kong Museum of History:

This is in the same building, but you need a different ticket for this. I heard of my friend Josie that it was a highly interesting museum about the dramatic history of today’s Hong Kong. With that I mean the outcome of Hong Kong as a city it is now. It has so many influences from different cultures that make the city so unique like no other in the world. The museum explains how Hong Kong has developped to the city it is today. It shows the ecological development, the unique appearance of ecosystems and animals in this city, and then, finally shows the influence of its chinese origin, the british opium war and the effects of the japanese occupation. All of these incidents are reflected in the city’s unique culture, and have shaped Hong Kong into today’s modern, cosmopolitan city.  Hong Kong might be the most unique city I have visited. You can neither compare it to other chinese cities, nor western countries. 

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This is something like a small wish shrine

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Traditional masks for street performances
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These fishing boats still exist today.
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Its really impressive that traditional restaurants in Hong Kong and China still have the same architecture today.
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The Japanese occupation
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How cute the shops looked like <3

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There were so much more beautiful photo opportunities. These are the most beautiful snaps I took though.

I am usually not a big fan of museums, but this one was pretty cool. It reminded me of the Story of Berlin museum a little bit.

3. Visit Mammy Pancake – Again:

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I had to get some of these delicious treats again, before leaving China for good. This time I got sweet potato (the purple one) and Sesame. The sesame one was a bit disappointing. I thought they’d fill it with black sesame paste, but it was just sprinkled with light sesame. Sweet potato was the bomb though. Nothing compared to green tea chocolate though :)

4. Stroll along the promenade:

When I walked towards the promenade at Tsim Sha Tsui, I couldn’t believe my eyes. There was heavy fog hanging above the skyline making it look like some sick special effect of a science fiction movie. It looked so beautiful, with the boats sailing in the harbour, and the sun slowly setting into the white curtains of the sky. 

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The weather was really nice. It wasn’t too hot, so you could comfortably walk around in short clothes. Unfortunately, I just had a sweatshirt, so I was sweating like crazy.

Still, I had to say goodbye to beautiful Hong Kong for good. Of course, it has always been a bit stressful to just visit this amazing city more of less for 24 hours, but the more often I visited, the more I appreciated it. I had a last view on Hong Kong, and then headed to the airport already.

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My flight was in the evening, and I would be back in Yuyao in the evening, early enough to take a shower and find some good night’s rest. The next day, I had one more trip left which was to Shanghai with the laowais (Ana, Josie and Alessandro).

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have ever been to Hong Kong, feel free to recommend me some more places to visit for next time :)

Thanks for reading and travelling with me!

Merveille.

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From Xi’An to Shanghai to Hong Kong

I woke up super early on my last day in Xi’An which was a Friday, and I had to be super fit, because it should be a day where I would be in 5 different cities on ONE DAY!!! How is that possible, you might ask. Read on to find out.

It takes around half an hour to 45 minutes to the airport, and during the ride, my taxi driver kept on talking to me. He was the same age as me as I found out, but he could only speak chinese. I understood most of it, until he tried asking me if I had a son. That was weird :’D At first I wasn’t sure if I understood him correctly, but it turned out that I did. Next thing, he wanted to talk about money and how much money german people were earning. It was an interesting cab ride, but I was glad when I reached the airport. I really liked the Xi’An airport. It’s not that big, but everything is easy to find and it has all the important shops you need before a flight.

I arrived in Shanghai at around noon, and then had quite some time until my train ride back to Yuyao, where my boss picked me up. 

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This was the cutest kid on the train from Shanghai to Yuyao. He kept on distracting me with his toys and his cuteness :’D His sister joined him later on as well. 

Here is why he picked me up. Shortly before my trip, I was told that I still had to go to Hong Kong for one last time because my visa had to be renewed for only a few days. So I had to look for a hostel last minute and buy a bus ticket to Ningbo Airport. If they had told me earlier, I could have just made them book a flight from Xi’An to Hong Kong, or at least, from Shanghai to Hong Kong. But I had already bought my train ticket ages ago.

Well, it was still manageable. I put all the important stuff in my backpack and left my suitcase with my boss. In the late afternoon, I made it to the bus and in the early evening, I was already at Ningbo airport for the 4th time now. So the next post will be another Hong-Kong-in-less-than-24-hours post.

I spent another night at that amazing hostel from last time which was also very central. This time, I met a Korean girl from London who was a fashion buyer but wanted to start a career as a fashion designer in Asia, so she started to check out the market in Hong Kong. She admitted that it was a tough job but it was her dream.

This is one of the most amazing things about Hong Kong. You can meet all different types of people from all around the world here. I have already met a Canadian who was a malay, indian, and chinese mix, I met two german girls, I met a Thai girl who I am still in contact with today, and this time I met this Korean girl from London.

After talking to her, I went to bed and fell asleep with the thoughts for the next day’s plans in my mind.

For the next post, you can look forward to more Hong Kong related stuff, but it’s also gonna be the last post about that gorgeous city.

So for me, I was in 5 cities on that day: Xi’An, Shanghai, Yuyao, Ningbo, and Hong Kong. That was a record for me.
What about you guys? What was the highest amount of citites you have travelled through/visited on one day?

Let me know and stay tuned.

Thanks for reading and travelling with me.

Merveille

How to spend 24 hours in Hong Kong Part 3

January 17th 2016:

As I have already posted here and here about how to spend less than 24 hours in Hong Kong, I will now tell you what I did during my longest, and probably most interesting stay at this amazing city.

My flight was too early in the morning, at around 7 am something, so I had to wake up at 5 am and take the bus at 6 am. I have only slept for like 4 hours because we had the New Year’s Dinner the evening before.

I wasn’t super tired though, but as soon as I landed in Hong Kong, I realized that I was extremely hungry and was slowly getting more and more tired.

Step 1: Shopping Spree

Upon arriving at my hostel, Hop Inn Mody which was a very central hostel at east tsim sha tsui, I found a mall which was located one street further and immediately had a sandwich for brunch. It was really yummy, but a bit expensive as well, just like most things in Hong Kong. At the same mall I found a Q&A book which I have been searching for ages already and it was in english.
I actually needed some boots for our Chinese New Year’s Holidays in Jiuzhaigou, so I went on a little shopping spree. Most of the shops I walked past were designer stores like LV or Chanel, but I also found an Esprit store and found some nice, comfortable looking boots for around 500 HKD (~50 €). Before I returned to the hostel, I also saw an Origins Store and remembered my sister telling me about this brand and its products, especially one mask called ‘Out of Trouble’ which was supposed to be really good. I went in and bought it.

Step 2.3: Bond with your dorm mates

So after this short but intense shopping, I felt really tired, so I napped in my dorm a little bit. It was mostly empty, until I was waken up by a girl who just arrived with her luggage. Her bed was right in front of mine so we started chatting. Soon we agreed upon walking to the harbour to watch the laser show in the evening.

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Step 3: Hong Kong at night:

The laser show was a disappointment, but if you are interested to see that, you can do it. It starts every evening from 8pm and lasts until around 11pm. We weren’t too bummed out for waiting for the laser show, since we could have this epic view on the Hong Kong skyline and we got to know each other better. We were chatting and taking photos all the time. Plus, this has been the first time that I had seen the Hong Kong skyline although it was my third time in this city already :’D

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Step 4: Indulge in some Cantonese Food

When we were slowly getting hungry, we went to the city to find something to eat. We wanted to have a cantonese dish, and while strolling through Tsim Sha Tsui, we saw a Mammy Pancake shop, a small one. What’s that you ask? It is a very popular shop for Hong Kong Waffles. They are different from our waffles, and soooo delicious.

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We had a classic one without any taste and one with Greentea chocolate <3 I loved it! They had many more different tastes as well, such as sweet potato, sesame, chestnut, and many many more.

We tried not to eat everything at once, since we still wanted to have dinner. We found a cheap little noodle shop and were seated on a table with strangers. So this was very typical cantonese :’D

After our food break we went back to the hostel, since we both had plans for the morning.

January 18th 2016:

Step 5: Tradition vs Modernism

I woke up in the morning, took all my things and checked out. I had planned to visit the Nan Lian Garden which was around a 20-minute metro ride away from Tsim Sha Tsui.

I spent my morning there, strolling around that beautiful parc, taking snaps and buying souvenirs.

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I just love the contrast of concrete and nature

This was my third time in Hong Kong and it was another epic time here. There is always a lot to do in this beautiful city, so you can be sure that you will never run out of activities.

This was still not my last Hong Kong Post. There is yet one to come. But before you can read that, I will write about how I spent Chinese New Year in my upcoming post.

Thanks for travelling with me!

Merveille

 

How to spend less than 24 Hours in Hong Kong, Part 2

As you could already read about my first micro-trip to Hong Kong last year in September, you already know how much you can do in such a well-connected city like Hong Kong. As I have promised, that was not the last time I visited that vibrant city.

Here you can read about a different view on Hong Kong:

Step 1: Find a better hostel this time

In the first part you can read about my struggle to find the hostel that I had booked and how it turned out to be really crammed. For this time, I did a better research and booked 9-people dorm, only female. It had WINDOWS! and although the bunk beds hat 3 stories, it was very comfortable and the room offered a lot of space for your stuff. It had lockers as well. And the owners of the hostel were so friendly and open. They had a lot of recommendations about what to do nearby at what time of the day. This was probably one of my most favourite hostels I have stayed at in general. You can find the website here: http://www.hohohostel.com/

Hong Kong can be really expensive, and if you don’t mind sharing a room with strangers for booking a cheap accomodation, this is your go-to.

Step 2: Take the ferry to Lantau Island

Just as last time, the ferry is an excellent way to get around in Hong Kong, since it consists of many islands, and due to its warm and humid weather, taking the ferry is a more refreshening option than taking the stuffy metro.

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Anyway, this time, the ferry ride took quite a bit longer than last time. I was on the ferry for about half an hour. The island I was heading to, Lantau Island, is also the one where the airport is located. But I wasn’t going to the airport already. I had a different plan…

Step 3: Visit the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island

My destination was the Big Buddha, known as Tian Tan Buddha. It is the world’s biggest Buddha in sitting position. It is quite new though, so nothing ancient, but the area it is located at is very beautiful, surrounded by lush greenery you can have a view of when you climb up the Buddha :)

Step 4: Admire the bright colours of the Po Lin Monastery

This monastery is only 5 walking minutes away from the Buddha. If you follow the path to the monastery, you can already spot some cows that are walking around freely. And soon, the smell of incense will fill your lungs, and that’s when you will be able to see the colourful building of the monastery.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to go inside the monastery. I only snapped some photos and headed back, since my flight was in the afternoon.

Step 5: Take the Cable Car at Ngongping

I took the bus up to the Buddha, but when I headed back, I wanted to take the cable car. I head about the crystal cable car which has a glass bottom and I was intrigued by that. I walked through a little constructed valley that was filled with souvenir shops and some 3D-cardboards before I arrived at the cable car station.

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The queue for the crystal car was very short since it was also a bit more expensive. But I wanted to take that one and together with my limited time it fit perfectly. I shared a cable car with two other girls. They were both taking many photos of each other and I also asked them to snap some photos of me. It was the most amazing cable car ride, not only because of the glass bottom, but also because you could watch the planes take off and land.

 

So these were the main things that I did. Of course, I also had something to eat, but unfortunately, I can’t remember what I ate :’D I think I might have eaten on the plane. Anyway, when I got out of the cable car, I took a bus to the airport.

It was a nice stay this time. I had less stress and a nice stay at the hostel.

I hope you guys enjoyed it.

Have you guys ever been to Hong Kong? What was on your to-see list?

Today’s rating:

Sightseeing: 5/5

Food: 4/5
Shopping: –
Nightlife: 4/5
Transportation: 5/5

4 years of blogging

It is almost like a coincidence that “Phantastic Beasts and where to find them” is being released on my blogging anniversary. Plus, it is really scary that from all of the days, it is today that I had the feeling of updating my blog, almost as though I knew it. Of course I don’t remember which day I exactly started blogging, it is quite a while ago. I can only remember that it was around the time of the chocolate festival in my old university town (Which is end of November). It was a nice surprise to see the notification and that’s why I decided on a Travel Q&A.

I wouldn’t consider myself as a travel pro, but I did gain some experience in that field, and it has turned into a new hobby and interest, so strongly, I would like to do it as a job.

So here I collected some Questions from Q&A Tags I found on the internet and will answer them:

10 Questions to ask a traveller

1. What was your favourite city? – This is such a hard question. There were so many beautiful cities I have seen just this year. I really have to say that Cappadocia has left a special mark on my heart that I can never erase. I can’t compare that city with another one. Then again, Shanghai is another city that never gets boring and is definitely one of my favourite cities I have visited.
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img_20160912_2017343. What was your longest flight? – 12 hours, from Frankfurt to Hong Kong with Lufthansa.

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4. What was the scariest moment? – It was just recently when we were in Paris. We were still in the gardens of Versaille after it went dark and we wanted to leave but the main entrance had already closed earlier on. So we had to leave from the back exit, and it was completely dark and there was no one except for a couple with a young child. They helped us get out and even took us to the train station with their car. But at the beginning, it was really scary.

5. When was the most heart-warming moment you had with locals? – Definitely that one time in Jiuzhaigou village in Sichuan Province in China. It was in February during Chinese New Year Festival when my friend Ana and me went on a holiday to Sichuan. When we arrived at the village, we got lost and couldn’t find out hotel and there were barely any people who could speak english. We then entered another random hotel and found a family living upstairs and having dinner. Their 2 younger nieces helped us and their aunt pushed two bowls of rice and veggies into our hands and told us to sit down and eat. We didn’t know them, they didn’t know us, but they were smiling at us, sharing their food with us. I had tears in my eyes during that incident and I will never ever in my entire life forget the kind face of that woman.

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6. Did you find any sights or activities a bit off the beaten track? Beyond the tourist traps? – Yes, last year in March when we went to Barcelona, I found out about a labyrinth garden, a little outside of the city centre, close to the university faculties. We went there, and we even got a free entry. The park was stunning and there were almost no tourists and very few visitors anyway. A lot better than the Parc Güell.

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7. What was your favourite meal? – I am a huge fan of the chinese cuisine by now and I am still dreaming of the food I ate there. One of the dishes was Peking Duck of course, but the most unforgettable meal I had was after our 3-hour-trek up and down a part of the Great Wall. We had an organized lunch after that and it was the yummiest meal I can remember, because I had never been so exhausted before in my life.

8. What was the strangest thing you ate? – Definitely, Stinky Tofu in Shanghai. It smells like boiled shit, tastes like nothing but the consistency is like you just bit into a raw egg. The after-taste is exactly like the boiling-poo smell though. I needed gum after that.

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9. What was the funniest/strangest/most insightful thing a local said? – In Paris, a lot of  french locals flirted with us and on our first day, when we walked back from the Eiffel Tower, two guys walked past us and one of them turned around and said to my sister and me: “you are the most beautiful girls I saw” in that cute french accent :’D

10. Where would you revisit? Would you ever move to any of those cities? – Hong Kong and Paris. I’d love to live in Paris I have to admit. It is a very beautiful city that I had not expected to be that nice. I can truly understand all the hype. And the people are just so nice there. I will write a blog post about that trip soon :)

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I hope you enjoyed the post about my travel experiences so far. There were still some cities that I didn’t include, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t like them.

I hope to be continueing blogging the next few years (or even forever), especially about more awesome places I will visit in the future :)

What about you guys? How would you have answered these questions?

Thanks for reading and travelling with me.

Keep on getting lost!

How to spend less than 24 hours in Hong Kong, Part 1

Hong Kong, known as the most important port in Asia, is also one with a devastating history. Marked by its disruption between two cultures and several war settings, the city is now one of the most modern metropolises around the world. It offers everything, from museums to shopping malls, from religous buildings to skycraper views, from natural sceneries to an exciting nightlife. Hong Kong is a city where East and West meet in a way that is unknown to any other city.

Before I start with the guide, I would like to hold down the first impressions I got from that city.
Some people say, they don’t feel like they are in China when they visit Hong Kong after staying in Mainland for a few months. For me, that was not the case. To be true, I had a minor culture shock when I first arrived on Nathan Road which I neither had in Shanghai, nor in Yuyao. I tried to explain this to myself and came to the conclusion that there is a simple reason. Hong Kong shocked me that way because it is a city that combines the chinese bustle with western influences on a small space.
It is very hard to explain. To understand what I am saying, you have to experience this city yourself.

With this, I will start:

Step 1: Get lost while trying to find your hostel:

Hong Kong overwhelmed me big time. Maybe it was the fact that I first saw Nathan Road, passed Chung King Mansion and all the weird people strolling in front of that building. Or maybe it was the fact that everything was extremely cramped, crowded and colourful. The main reason might be that I had problems finding my hostel which was located right on Nathan Road. The fact that it was in a huge building complex escaped me. I didn’t know that almost every hostel in Hong Kong is inside of one of these huge buildings, in order to save space. So I ended up walking up and down the same road, desperately trying to find the hostel. In the end, I found it and was so lucky that it looked clean, since the elevator I went up with was a bit scary :’D My shock didn’t end though. I found out that I had to sleep in a mixed dorm which means not only females but also males – in my case 2 other guys. Plus, we didn’t have lockers, and the room was tiny, filled with 2 bunk beds. If you entered the room and took one step you landed on the bed already :’D There was only 1 guy in the room and he seemed to be a nice person luckily.

I ended up sleeping with my valuables under my pillow which was a good idea because another roommate entered the dorm in the early hours of the morning. He was sleeping on one of the top bunks.

Step 2: Bond with your roommates:

The next morning, I wanted to start to do some things before my flight in the late afternoon, so I woke up early. My roommate was awake as well so I asked him if he wanted to join me. That’s one of the advantages of staying in a hostel if you are travelling solo. You can always meet new, young people from all over the world.
We got ready, I packed the little things I had and we went to take the subway. It was good that he came along, because he had already been in Hong Kong for a few days, so he knew how to get around. I wanted to go up Victoria Peak and he hadn’t seen it either, so we went there. Before, we needed to get breakfast, so we stopped at a cafe.

Step 3: Go to the most amazing sight in Hong Kong, the Victoria Peak:

If the weather is clear, make sure to go up the peak. But only if it really is good weather, otherwise you will end up spending a lot of time and some money for nothing. We were super lucky with the weather. It was middle of september and Hong Kong was still very hot and humid, but the sky was clear and blue.
After breakfast, we took the tram up the peak. There are also other ways of transportation. You can walk up or take the bus, but we wanted to take the tram because the view is supposed to be great. And it really was. While driving up, all the skyscrapers looked sloping, as though the world was folding itself together like in Inception :D

Anyway, it was lucky that we woke up early, because the tram was almost empty. We didn’t know, but we should later find out that the sky terrace of the peak opened way later than we expected, but still we were able to finish early. Plus, the tram up was so crowded later in the day, we saw the queue when we went down later. It was totally insane. So if you wanna avoid the crowds, make sure to come a little bit earlier.
Even if you arrive before the peak opens, you still have great opportunities to enjoy different views. Right beneath the sky terrace there was a lion pavillion which was almost empty during that time so we managed to take some photos there.

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Plus the surroundings of the peak were beautiful. We felt like somewhere in a tropical forest. Palm trees everywhere and the sound of insects and birds. It was amazing.

 

After we saw most parts of the peak, we relaxed at a cafe and had a refreshing drink before going up the terrace. There, we saw some beautiful dogs who went for a morning stroll with their owners.
It was becoming hotter and hotter, but we still waited and could finally enter. The view from up there was way better than from the pavillion of course. Although the place is not that big, the view is just incredible. I couldn’t stop taking photos.

Look what they had there :’D The Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant from Forrest Gump ^^

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I would suggest to go to the peak either early in the morning to avoid the crowds, or right before dusk, so that you can see it in three different stages: Day, dusk and night with all the lights on. That’s what I’m gonna do next time I’m in Hong Kong.

Step 4: Get lost in the winding streets of Central:

On our way back from the peak to the ferry terminal, we got a little bit lost in Central, one of the districts of Hong Kong Island. It is famous for its bars, pubs and nightlife. We didn’t stay long, since we were slowly getting hungry and couldn’t find anything we wanted in Central, so we slowly headed back to Tsim Sha Tsui.

Step 5: Take the Star Ferry from Victoria Harbour:

Of course, you can take the subway anywhere you wanna go in Hong Kong, but if you plan to go to one of the islands surrounding Hong Kong, it is a more relaxing alternative to take the ferry.
We also did that since I love ferries, ships, boats, yachts and everythig that has to do with water :’D
And at this point I have to say that I love the sea in Hong Kong. The colour is one of my favourites, a bright turquoise, with splashes of white, glittering in the sun and reflecting the iron skyscrapers from the shore. So beautiful. Don’t miss out on this.
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Step 6: Have lunch in a mall:

Actually, we wanted to eat some Dim Sum or something else that was Hong Kong food, so we strolled through the streets in and around Nathan Road but we couldn’t find anything that other than some noodle soup places which we didn’t really want. I found a good dim sum restaurant online which was supposed to be in a mall close where we were so we went there. Inside of the mall, we also got lost. We were already starving and I also had to hurry up to get to the plane.
We finally found the food court and discovered an Indian restaurant that was offering a lunch buffet. That was the first time I ever ate Indian food and I fell in love with it. It is now one of my favourite cuisines. Asian cuisine truly is the best.

 

After lunch, it was also already time for me to take the bus to the airport and say goodbye to this crazy yet colourful city. That would not be my last time here though.

Today’s rating:

Sightseeing: 5/5

Food: 5/5
Shopping: –
Nightlife: – 
Transportation: 5/5

Thursday, June 4th 2015 – Friday, June 5th 2015: Frankfurt, Germany to Ningbo, China

hat day we prepared to leave for Frankfurt with my father and my mother. My sister and brother couldn’t join us because they had to work the other day. When I had to said goodbye to my sister it really was an emotional moment. She suddenly started crying and I had tears in my eyes as well but I held them back and started to laugh because I didn’t expect that :D
Well, after that teary goodbye we entered the car and made us on our way.
When we finally arrived in Frankfurt we visited some family friends who live nearby. We had dinner with them and visited them for the last time to say goodbye. My father was getting sadder and sadder after each hour that passed.
It was the first time that I had been to the airport in Frankfurt. It is quite big since it is the biggest in Europe, but I didn’t lose my way once. It really was easy to find. Well, before I got to the gates I had to say goodbye to my parents and our family friends. I think I will never ever forget this moment in my life because it really was one of the saddest moments, but also one of the moments in which I realized how much I am being loved :’) Before, I have seen my father cry only once and it was when his mother died. This time was the second time I saw him cry and I felt so sorry and it really made it so hard for me to leave :’/
My mother seems to be stronger than my father. She was sad as well and had tears in her eyes, too, but she didn’t cry.
Well, after I managed to calmly get pass the passport control I searched my gate. I had to walk a little bit longer because it was at the very end of the floor. I had a view on the plane I was going to fly with and it looked huge. I have never been in such a big plane. When I entered the plane I noticed that it has 2 floors. I didn’t have to go upstairs, but I was happy that my seat wasn’t way in the back but just right on the wing. I sat next to two guys who had to stand up to let me in because I had my seat next to a window seat. One of the guys who was sitting right next to me was watching some chinese TV show on his ipad mini all the time, Holding the screen so close to his face that it almost touched :’D He already wore glasses and I thought that it was no wonder xD
Well, anyway, the plane started to take off and after that I watched Whiplash. I was a bit disappointed by the movie. It was hyped quite a lot but I found it quite boring.
They served food in the middle of the movie. It wasn’t that bad but there was a chocolate cake and OMG that was perhaps the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten *o*
After I had also finished the movie at about after midnight I decided to sleep a little bit which was very uncomfortable. I have problems with sleeping on planes. I think it is the most uncomfortable place to sleep in. I always woke up and once or twice I woke up from the turbulences which frightened me out of my sleep.
Well, at about 4pm we should land in Hong Kong. Until then I also watched an episode of Sherlock Holmes which I liked better than Whiplash.
When the plane finally prepared for landing I had a beautiful view of hong kong. I definitely have to visit that city once before I return back to Germany.
Hong Kong Airport is meant to be huge but I had no problems finding my way around at all. On my way to my gate I also saw the stewardesses of Fly Emirates who looked so beautiful in their arabic style uniforms. Apart from models and actresses, being a stewardess is an occupation I really admire. They are always so beautiful and dressed in nice uniforms, they are friendly and handy and get to travel to many places. As a kid I wanted to be a stewardess as well. But I don’t know why I gave that up. I think because they don’t earn so much.
Well anyway, I looked for my gate in Hong Kong but it wasn’t known yet. I asked at the information desk and they told me that it would be announced after 5pm. So I walked around a little bit and looked at all the shops.

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Soon I found a place to sit

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When my gate was announced, I started to walk into the direction of it. I had to walk quite a bit and then I had to take the bus to the gate :’D in that moment I realised how big that airport was.
I have to say that I really liked Dragonair. It had no turbulences at all and the food was really good. I had a rice dish with chicken and they served green tea.
My flight had a delay of 1 hour so I landed at 9pm instead of 8pm. And until I got out of the Passport control which was a long procedure I had to wait for my suitcase a while although most were already out and I was really afraid that they had lost my luggage but finally it came out and I got out. I saw Chris, the guy who should pick me up and we took a taxi to go to the hotel he had organized for me. I had to stay there for one night and the next day Chris would pick me up again and take me to Yuyao, the place I was supposed to teach.
The hotel room was nice but I think the drainpipes were stinking a bit. And then therr was a guy and a woman having an argument when I decided to go to sleep.
Anyway, it was a long trip and I was quite excited for the next days which I can promise were not boring at all :’D