In honour of Chinese New Year, this Tuesday I am headed back to Hong Kong.
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Let's see...I was in Hong Kong in 1993, and it just so happened it was Chinese New Year. That would have been The Year of the Rooster. To be honest, initially I had no great desire to go to Hong Kong, but our travel plans just turned out that way. I'm VERY glad that I went! I loved it! There was so much more to see than your average Chinatown, which I think was what I was expecting. Although I was there for four days, I've always intended to go back because there was so much more to see. And, it is a dream of mine to one day go to China and see the Great Wall.
One of the most spectacular experiences about Hong Kong, was landing at the old Kai Tak Airport. Not knowing what I was in for, I actually thought the plane was headed for a crash! We were so close to downtown skyscrapers and apartment buildings, that I could see people's laundry hanging from the clotheslines outside their windows. Next we were in for a hairpin turn, and then what seemed like a 45 degree nosedive into the water! Honestly, I have never been more petrified in a plane! This airport is no longer open, I guess it was too dangerous, and having only one run-way likely caused huge bottlenecks.
Check out the YouTube video below for an idea of what this landing was like!