Only, when I think back to the specifics, it was crowded, and hot, and we got lost many times each day. As great as the public transit system is, it took us a while to fully sort it out. That, and we were touristing, so we wanted to see as much as we could. So we walked. A lot. More than was probably smart to do. We did see a lot, but we had tired, sore legs.
Bridal Tea House Wuhu Street, we were a little trepidatious. After the 8 hour flight, and a half hour of walking around, we were hoping for some comfort, but all the guidebooks and internet reviews kept our hopes for any Hong Kong accommodation low. But, we found that our room was clean, comfortable, and absolutely what we needed. The shower was good, the bed was too short for Andy but at least had space for his feet to hang over the edge. And the air conditioning proved a life saver, even for two Townsvillains who smugly refuse to use aircon at home.
We did loads of things in Hong Kong. I'll start with Kowloon, the second-citiest part of the city, across the harbour from Hong Kong Island. This is where our accommodation was, and where loads of backpacker rooms can be found. It's also home to the Gold Fish markets, a strip of two blocks or so of non-stop pet shops. Most were centred around fish tanks, and they tended to specialise - in aquarium equipment, or plants, or, most strikingly, fish. The freshwater fish were often pre-bagged, ready for quick sale.
The tiny turtles (and also tortoises) clambered over one another in tanks open on the street.
And the marine fish were abundant, and cheap - clownfish selling for the equivalent of AU$4.
Something we learned the hard way: the Gold Fish markets (and the Jade Markets, for that matter) don't start early. On our first morning, we woke up early due to time zone changes. Andy seemed to remember that these markets were best early in the day, so off we trekked (taking goodness knows how many wrong turns on the way). But they were totally empty. When we came back at 3pm, it was a totally different scene. In fact, we learned that Hong Kong in general sleeps in quite late. Most shops open at 10, 11 or 12, but they stay open until midnight.
As a vegan and a crowd-hater, though, I was much more comfortable in the little produce market we found (oddly, flanked by gun shops).
We also made a habit, throughout our trip, of visiting grocery stores in every place. This was for practicality (buying food) as much as for sight-seeing.
Mainly, though, it was about the skyline, especially from Tsim Sha Tsui.
Now, I have plenty more to share, but I will save the rest for another post.