Sunday, 13 February 2000

day eight: hong kong - tsim sha tsui

Today, took the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui for a walk along Nathan Road, known as the "Golden Mile". This is serious shopping territory, electronic and clothing stores being the majority.

Getting away from the crowds, I took a leisurely stroll along the harbour front, watching the ferries and junks make their way between Kowloon and the Island.

Took the traditional route back to Hong Kong Island, the legendary Star Ferry. Little more than 2 dollars will get you out onto the harbour, with some good views of the skyline, before disembarking at the Star Ferry Pier.

There are thousands of Filipino house maids in Hong Kong, and the majority congregate around the Central District, in Exchange Square, every Sunday. I recommend visiting the area on that day, the noise of these women enjoying their day off with a picnic, chatting incessantly, is deafening!

My last night in Hong Kong, and, in truth, it was welcome. For a lone traveller, it can be a difficult place to come for this long. I had this feeling when I arrived, and, without success, tried to change my flight.

Similar to England, it is hard to go out in the evening on your own. The type of traveller is vastly different from Australia, not too high on the backpacking trail, and catering more for the middle / upper class couples, than for the budget conscious.