Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Travel Tuesdays #8

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!

5 comments:

Kimo & Sabi said...

Hey...where are the cat photos?

moon said...

Funny u mention China...my sister is there right now. Can't wait to see her pics of the great wall. She was there 2 yrs ago for work but this time it's a vacation with her hubby. When she was there last, we (sister, mom and I ) all got pearl necklaces...they are so cheep there. This trip we are getting earings lol.

Begered said...

I can only imagine how exciting Hong Kong must be. It is on my must visit list, along with many other places. Everything seems so colorful. I love the sunset picture. From what I can see of it, I would have never guessed it was Hong Kong. I really do enjoy these Travel Posts! Thanks for sharing...

Bob-kat said...

How lovely to have been in Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year! I would love to visit HK adn the Great Wall of China too - my bother is walking part of it for charity this year! Actually, there are few places I wouldn't like to visit but your pics make me want to get on a plane and go!

sher said...

I envy you seeing so many wonderful places, particularly Hong Kong! I loved the pictures-especially the one of you!