Hong Kong, China
Arriving in HK it’s immediately obvious that they are taking this swine flu thingy very seriously. There’s masked and gloved guy’s waiting to zap suspicious-looking passengers with ‘radar-gun’ style gizmos and measure their temperature. Even before going through passport control, you have to go through swine-flu control and hand over a form with your contact details and swearing you haven’t got the dreaded lurgy. Passport control was super efficient (wonder if Americans ever visit?) and the cases were already on the carousel when we got through. I like this Premium Economy business! Bought a couple of tickets at the Airport Express desk on special for $140 – what’s that, summat like 12 quid? That’s another thing that was super-duper efficient as you literally step straight off the airport arrivals lounge floor on to the train carriage. 20 mins of air-conditioned high-speed train tavel and you’re in Kowloon. Why can’t Heathrow have this??
Taxi to the hotel (Novotel Nathan Road) was about 10 mins of weaving through traffic . Hotel is pretty upmarket with a plasma telly and walk-in shower and lots of glass and chrome. The room’s not particularly big, but not planning on spending much time here! Straight back out into the evening drizzle to take a walk throughout the night market on Temple Street. First time I took the camera out, the lens steamed up straight away! Still I thought it made a nice abstract view of the junction of Nathan and Jordan Roads.
Anyway, after fighting our way through Temple Market (5 tee shirts for $100 – that still sounds a lot ’till you divide by 12) we carried on down Nathan Road for a while until we felt we’d gone far enough. Back to te hotel and that the first afternoon in HK done and dusted.