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tiistai 30. lokakuuta 2012

sunnuntai 28. lokakuuta 2012

{ Hong Kong Garden }

Hong Kong.
Oh man I tell you. I've never been to Asia, so this trip was an absolute first for me. Hong Kong is very international and rather westernized, so I still have the 'true and confusing orient experience' ahead of me. I feel that the internationalism of Hong Kong made me feel quite at home there. I might even consider living there some day ;)
We stayed there for four full days, in addition to the traveling days. The direct flight from Helsinki to Hong Kong was around 9 h 40 minutes there and and 10 h 40 minutes back. So rather long. The flight could've lasted 22 hours for all I care because I absolutely slept through both of them completely solid. Lucky! The time difference was only five hours, so rather easy to adjust to.
They say if you love shopping, you'll love Hong Kong. Granted; I do love shopping, but I only spent a few hours shopping in Hong Kong. Sometimes people think that shopping is all there is to Hong Kong. This is certainly very untrue. In reality, there is this massively interesting and colourful culture blossoming at every corner; a blissful mixture of the East and the West was present at most places. Nowadays Hong Kong is a part of China, but is self-governing, and a lot of Chinese legislation doesn't apply there. We saw a few demonstation and political posters up and rebelling against the CCP and some of the pretty inhumane stuff going on in China. So indeed, very fascinating. I wont go too much into politics, not to get too boring. ^^
We visited a few taoist and buddhist temples, saw a the world's largest outdoor buddha, chatted up some lovely locals and soaked in a wonderful spectrum of different cultures around us.
All in all; got to say that Hong Kong was like a salad of rich and poor, east and west, clean & rustic, and warm and interesting. Was so wonderful!

Hong Kong.
Voi että. En ole koskaan ollut Aasiassa aikaisemmin, joten tämä matka oli minulle eka kerta uudella maalla. Hong Kong on varsin kansainvälinen ja osittain länsimaismielinen paikka, joten minulla on vielä 'se aito ja hämmentävä idän kokemus' edessäni. Luulenpa, että Hong Kongin kansainvälisyys sai oloni tuntemaan aika kotoisaksi. Voisin ehkä harkita siellä asumista jonain päivänä ;)
Vietimme perillä neljä kokonaista päivää matkapäivien lisäksi. Suora lento Helsingistä Hong Kongiin on noi 9 tuntia 40 minuuttia sinne ja 10 tuntia 40 minuuttia takaisin. Eli varsin pitkä. Lento olisi minun puolestani voinut kestää vaikka 22 tuntia, sillä nukuin molemmat lennot oikein makoisasti alusta loppuun. Onnekasta! Aikaero on vain viisi tuntia, eli aika helppo.
Sanotaan, että jos rakastaa shoppailua, rakastaa Hong Kongia. Myönnetään; rakastan kyllä shoppailua, mutta vietin oikeastaan vain muutaman tunnin shoppaillessa Hong Kongissa. Usein luullaan, että Hong Kongissa ei ole mitään muuta kuin kauppoja. Tämä luulo on ehdottoman aivan virheellinen. Todellisuudessa siellä elää mahdottoman mielenkiintoinen ja värikäs kulttuuri ihan joka kulmalla; rauhallinen sekoitus itää ja länttä. Nykyään Hong Kong kuuluu Kiinaan, mutta on itsehallitseva, ja täten osa Kiinan lainsäädännöstä ei päde siellä. Näimme muutamia mielenosoittajia ja poliittisia julisteita, jotka vastustivat CCP'tä and joitain aika epäihmisellisiä juttua, mitä Kiinassa tapahtuu. Joten tosiaan, todella mielenkiintoista.
Vierailtiin muutamassa taolais- ja buddhalaistemppelissä, nähtiin maailman suurin ulkoilmabuddha, juteltiin ihanien paikallisten kanssa ja kylvettiin mielettömässä kultturien kirjossa.
Hong Kong oli tosiaan aikamoinen hedelmäsalaatti köyhää ja vaurasta, itää ja länttä, puhdasta ja maalaista, ja lämmintä ja mielenkiintoista. Oli muuten ihanaa!

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We stayed at this mind-blowing hotel; The Langham Hotel. Everything smelled of roses and we were fed chocolates before bed :')

Asuttiin aivan mielettömässä hotellissa; The Langham Hotel. Kaikki tuoksui ruusulta ja meille syötettiin suklaakonvehteja ennen nukkumaanmenoa :')

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We pulled on our soft robes and slippers and took the elevator to the rooftop swimming pool for a dip!

Vedettiin niskaan ihanan pehmoiset kylpytakit ja tohvelit ja kuljettiin hissillä kattouima-altaalle uimaan!

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Out to the street! This is what was at a two minute walking distance of the hotel

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Our hotel was also rather close to the shore, where you can admire the skyline and look over to Hong Kong Island.

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Out of focus

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One thing that I wasn't too fond of was the amount of pollution; in most cities in China there is a heavy layer of pollution in the air. The sun doesn't shine very brightly and during daytime you actually cant see very far. It wasn't heavy to breathe, but even though it was constantly 30 and more celcius there, the sun never shone like in Europe or the US.

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I really like the urban, yet natural feel of Hong Kong. Trees and flora everywhere, and parks all around the city.

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An embarrassing shot of me up on the Peak.

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Skyscrapers, skyscrapers everywhere.

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Visiting a taois temple; those spirals are actually all incense and they were all burning; you can imagine the intoxication. I though I was gonna pass out ^^
Beautiful place though

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In the evenings we were pampered with some of most delicious dishes I've ever tasted! I tried shark fin, sea snails, and jellyfish! I also enjoyed a ton of local cantonese dishes, different noodle platters, tempura, sushi, and some stuff I wasn't sure about :D But it sure was good!

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parentals :3

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Haha this random shopping center was literally a part of the hotel. *facepalm* Gotta provide to those who always want to shop eh?

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We took a cable car to see the Buddha and oh boy; the bottom of our car was glass. Freaky!

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Starbucks, Starbucks everywhere

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AWESOME BUDDHIST TEMPLE !

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Kowloon Park

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Poor ugly duckling :'(

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I fell in love with these local shops; the packaging of everything is so pretty!



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I swear; we saw a wedding party everyday! There was one in our hotel nearly everyday we were there and there were nicely dressed people all over town with professional photographers following them. ^^ haha

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extremely desirable

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HK, I'll surely miss you!