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Welcome to Hong Kong

15th May 2015 by Adam Toctan

Welcome to Hong Kong

Part Five: Welcome to Hong Kong

00:15am (HKT) We landed at HK international airport and managed to make our way from landing to getting into a taxi in 30 minutes. The taxi took around 35 minutes take us from the airport to Causeway Bay (our hotel) and cost approximately £30. It could have been a little cheaper had we not gone through the two toll rolls but at 1am we wanted to check in and sleep fast! The hotel is situated on Hong Kong Island; 39 floors and we were on the 35th floor so we had a great view! By the time we checked in and jet lag passed it was 3am when we eventually slept.

 

08:00am (HKT) Alarm went off to get us up and ready for the day. We had two meetings scheduled today so wanted to use as many of HK's transport systems as we could to see how to get around the city in the best way possible.

09:00am (HKT) We decided to have some traditional Dim Sum on the way as breakfast and found a great place hidden away where we had 6 different plates, all chosen at random due to the menu being in Cantonese and hoped for the best! We loved 5 out of 6... So a pretty good result. This really set us up for our first meeting.


11:00am (HKT) After judging the distance incorrectly and getting particularly hot and bothered walking to our first meeting we decided to hail a taxi. We had to get to Pier 7 where the Star Ferry leaves every 15 minutes. The taxi was a very fast, frantic, horn blowing affair which took just under 10 minutes and cost... £3! When we arrived at the ferry terminal we found out that it cost only 20 pence to cross Victoria Harbour! Probably one of the best 'free' views that you can have in HK... Bargain!


12:50pm (HKT) After our first meeting had come to an end we decided to walk through the various markets near Kowloon Park Road; a crazy mix of premier stores like Panerai, Hermes and Bvulgari on one side and street food, mobile phone cases and fruit and veg on the other! So much character and an incredible sight. We found a super noodle bar around the back streets where the order of the day was Wanton Noodle Soup! Delicious... Paul opted for the beef and black bean noodles and we both had iced teas.


15:30PM (HKT) We headed to our next meeting using the Metro system. The HK metro is worlds apart from that in London. Comfortable, quiet and spacious along with being clean. The highlight was air conditioning and wifi / phone signal. This really is the city that never sleeps! The next meeting was with one of the most well-known and networked Global Brand Design Agencies in the world. I had secured a meeting with their Regional CEO for Asia and had liaised with him over a few weeks in the lead up to the trip so we were very prepared. The meeting was a great success and we went for a drink afterwards to a fantastic little bar around the corner; incredibly narrow, but around 2 stories tall inside. Dark and mysterious it had a New York feel to it through and through...


19:00pm (HKT) After a long day it was time to head home and have a shower and get washed before heading out to dinner. First day in HK was a blur. A sense check in all the right way from the sights, smells, and sounds. If Singapore was a city, then surely Hong Kong is Asia's metropolis...


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