Although feeling a little worse for wear from the trip, we are heading gout tomorrow to go to our friends’ wedding in Germany. Here are some pictures (light on the descriptions) from the non-racing aspects of our trip to Hong Kong.
Although Hong Kong is huge (7 million people) and dense, it did not feel that busy or crowded. I thought the subways might be crazy and streets might be chaotic, but things were actually pretty easy to get used to. People mostly queue up for things, and it is not as pushy as I had heard. There is also LOTS of greenery, even in very urban areas. Every rooftop has a garden, and vertical grass or vine flower beds on the walls of buildings and along highways seemed popular – they look nice and also cut down on noise. The tropical heat and frequent rains mean it is easy for plants to grow, and they seem to take root in any available patch of dirt. The hills also rise up steeply behind the buildings, creating a green backdrop for the city.
The tourist board gave us free tickets to the Hong Kong history museum, which was huge and ambitious. My favourite sections described the traditional dress, foods, and traditions of the first Hong Kongers.