Hung Hom Train Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong


Here at Starbucks in Kowloon´s Hung Hom train station I am getting a good wireless signal but not sure if it is Starbucks or not.

Things here seem to be named in complicated ways with some overlap.  This is the key Hong Kong train station to mainland but it is in Kowloon and called Hung Hom.    We will board for Shanghai in about an hour and take the 20 hour train north, hopefully with some scenery.   We have soft sleepers but not the top class of them  and I´m not clear how comfortable we will be yet, but I think just fine.

Victoria Peak Tram




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Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

The tram up Victoria Peak in Hong Kong is a 100+ year old tourist attraction for good reason – a fun ride to potentially great views though the mist kept us from seeing much of anything. We hiked around the mountain about 2 miles through fairly lush vegetation with few people. I expected many more folks around here, but they appear to concentrate in a small number of dense areas like Kowloon waterfront, HK Central.

Central Hong Kong




Central Hong Kong

Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

Mist is burying the skyscrapers but still some great Hong Kong views. Yesterday we visited the Monastery and *huge* Buddah on Lantau Island. Headed over to the sleepy fishing village of Tai-O which seemed to have nothing much going on at all so we hopped on a tiny ferry thinking maybe it was headed to the ´real´ village, but it was going to some other places. Soon we were lost in Lantau. The bus drivers here are not fond of English so it is very hard to know how to get from point A to point B, but we stumbled back to Kowloon and then metro to Hong Kong for another adventurous day in one of the world´s largest cities.

The overall feeling here is sort of a dingy bustle. I have lots of good shop pix but yesterday I was about to snap one of some dried sea cucumbers and the old keeper shouted ´no!´ I learned later from internet that HK is a major distribution point for illegal sea cucumbers (I´m not clear if there is a legal fishery, but guessing he´s got something questionable going on).

I only recognize about 1/5 items in the shops – very interesting smells and scenes.