Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

20150528_120015Because I’m not prepared to spend any longer than 12 hours sitting in an aeroplane, I spent a night in Hong Kong on my way to the UK.

In the past, I have always stayed in Kowloon, which I have got to know quite well over the years. This trip however, I decided to stay on the island, and found a cheap (NZ50.00/night) hotel in Causeway Bay.

It isn’t actually a real hotel, it is several floors of apartments, with a notice on the door informing guests that it is unlicensed and that the body corporate takes no responsibility for anything. This is a common arrangement here so I’m not too concerned. Because the dozen or so floors are only served by one working elevator, the wait for it to arrive is so long that I have given up even pressing the button, and use the stairs. Fortunately my room is only on the sixth floor, and it includes a window with a view of the high-rises across the road.

I haven’t been able to get hold of a map, so every expedition around the local neighborhood results in me getting temporarily lost in the maze of skyscrapers. There are plenty of road signs, but since heading east towards Kowloon often requires turning west and looping around they are less helpful than you might suppose. Only occasionally there is a view of the of green hills through the buildings which lets me orientate myself as to which direction the coast is in.

I have been mostly just walking around town, which gets tiring after a couple of hours, but then I discovered that you can hop on any of the double-decker trams running along the main roads, sit watching the town go by as long as you want, then pay less than 50 cents when you get off. At one end of the line I visited a market, with a fascinating variety of species of sea-life waiting to be purchased and eaten.

I was impressed to see that the Chinese still use bamboo scaffolding, even on high-rises dozens of floors high. I photographed a team working, with strips of plastic that they use to tie it all together hanging from their belts.

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