Hong Kong is modern, cramped, crowded and with free internet. Part 1

The visit to another country has ended and I am writing these lines from a ferry plying between Hong Kong and Macau. Once again, I understand that I am not an amateurtravel in a hurry, because how can you understand and see something in 4 days? Therefore, this trip was for informational purposes only, and I got only a general idea of ​​Hong Kong. On the other hand, where without it, next time it will be more or less clear where to go.

I liked Hong Kong, although there are so many people in itthat Moscow now seems to me a deserted ghost town. There is Asia, with its smells and contrasts, and European civilization, and wildlife, and modern skyscrapers. But what is most encouraging is that a lot has been done for people and there is something to do on the weekend, besides shopping. In general, it is surprising how they were able to equip the mountain relief for life and squeeze everything out of it to the maximum, I repeatedly wanted to exclaim “well done!”

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Smell of Asia and Free Wifi

Coming out of the plane, you immediately feel not sharpsmell of humidity and spice, it is typical enough for Asian countries. A nice bonus while waiting on the passport control is free wifi, although I didn’t have to wait for checking documents. But the exchange rate here is very bad, you should not change a lot of it. With 100 bucks they gave 720 HKD, when in the city they give 770 HKD. By the way, it is convenient to multiply the price in Hong Kong dollars by 4 in order to get the cost in rubles to estimate expensive / cheap. And another point, prices everywhere in Hong Kong are indicated with a $ sign, not HKD, this is a bit confusing at the very beginning.

Capturing the Information Map of Hong Kong from Information, I took the A21 bus, which runs just to Nathan Road and our budget hotel in a huge anthill building.

Like at the airport, there was free wifi on the bus too! Looking ahead, I want to say that free wifi was also found in the city park, somewhere in hong kong metro and on the waterfront next to Avenue of Stars, and the speed is quite normal. And in our hotel he even had 15 megabits! And for those who need an Internet constantly while moving around the city, you can buy an Internet wifi package from PCCW, the prices are quite normal and the coverage is also nothing.

Finally flew with monitors in the seats

Finally flew with monitors in the seats

Tsing Ma Bridge is one of the longest bridges in the world.

Tsing Ma Bridge is one of the longest bridges in the world.

Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong

Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong

Free internet in the metro

Free internet in the metro

Very closely among the match-houses

The first thing that strikes the eye is that it’s as thin asmatches residential buildings that touch the sky with roofs and built so often that they often form a solid wall that cannot be bypassed. And when you look out of the window or just go outside, it is not immediately clear whether it is overcast today or not. The skyscrapers here are different from mirrored and sparkling, to shabby and with rust. In the central part of the city (for example, on the way to Victoria Peak) basically everything is pathetic and brilliant, unless, of course, you go into small alleys. A little further, the houses are getting lower and easier. And in the new territories, in fact, the outskirts (where did we go swimming) there may be very typical Asian houses.

In the well of high-rise buildings on the island of Hong Kong

In the well of high-rise buildings on the island of Hong Kong

Narrow, like a match, a house

Narrow, like a match, a house

They live closely, but they all have air conditioning.

They live closely, but they all have air conditioning.

Sewerage all outside

Sewerage all outside

Holes in houses for dragons, so as not to be angry that they are blocking the way

Holes in houses for dragons, so as not to be angry that they are blocking the way

Linen is dried outside

Linen is dried outside

Streets of Hong Kong - Hong Kong Island

Streets of Hong Kong - Hong Kong Island

Escalator 1 km long, though not entirely, but in pieces

Escalator 1 km long, though not entirely, but in pieces

The streets of Hong Kong

The streets of Hong Kong

Throughout the city you can find such fences

Throughout the city you can find such fences

Construction does not stop for a minute

Construction does not stop for a minute

Access to the shopping center ventilation is on the sidewalk.

Access to the shopping center ventilation is on the sidewalk.

Residential high-rise building

Residential high-rise building

On the outskirts of Hong Kong at home a little thicker

On the outskirts of Hong Kong at home a little thicker

Through this urn, you can return the books to the library.

Through this urn, you can return the books to the library.

In many long passages metro travelers

In many long passages metro travelers

The streets of Hong Kong

The streets of Hong Kong

The most important street in Hong Kong is Nathan Road

The most important street in Hong Kong is Nathan Road

Above only stars, and then, apparently, only temporarily

Above only stars, and then, apparently, only temporarily

Pok Fu Village is what Hong Kong used to be

Pok Fu Village is what Hong Kong used to be

Old and not aesthetic high-rise buildings

Old and not aesthetic high-rise buildings

Between the skyscrapers here are the streets

Between the skyscrapers here are the streets

There are in Hong Kong and such houses

There are in Hong Kong and such houses

Night Hong Kong - view of Hong Kong Island

Night Hong Kong - view of Hong Kong Island

Light show in hong kong

Light show in hong kong

Fish Market - buy the perfect pet for cramped conditions

Fish Market - buy the perfect pet for cramped conditions

Hong Kong, like any city, has contrasts. One of them is bamboo "woods" during the renovation of buildings. Almost cars are flying around the city, but such a thing remains, it's funny :)

Bamboo forests are still used.

Bamboo forests are still used.

Swimming in the human stream

The second thing you pay attention to isthe number of people, and it is not surprising, according to Wikipedia, there is a density of more than 6000 people / sq. km. Not weak, huh? But this is most noticeable on Nathan Road, where all shopping and most guesthouses and hotels are concentrated. In the crowd, in the literal sense, you have to maneuver and push, but you can be closer to each other. In the rest non-tourist places where I was (sleeping areas, not the main streets), it’s quite normal in this regard.

People and signs and nothing more

People and signs and nothing more

Crowds of people on Nathan Road

Crowds of people on Nathan Road

Hong Kong's Wet Love Story

Hong Kong's Wet Love Story

In masks do not go often, barely caught

In masks do not go often, barely caught

Here it is, the joy of life!

Here it is, the joy of life!

Filipinki hang out here, probably looking for work.

Filipinki hang out here, probably looking for work.

Muslims here too missing

Muslims here too missing

Many guys have hairs on their heads

Many guys have hairs on their heads

Gray-haired Chinese

Gray-haired Chinese

You can meet musicians at the local Arbat

You can meet musicians at the local Arbat

I'd love to know what this cripple writes

I'd love to know what this cripple writes

Walking a dog and dog cart

Walking a dog and dog cart

Straw hats are still in fashion

Straw hats are still in fashion

Chinese mummers are calling somewhere

Chinese mummers are calling somewhere

8 people and all photographers, yes :)

8 people and all photographers yes :)

There are moving figures here, one has only to throw a coin

There are moving figures here, one has only to throw a coin

P.S. This is not the end of my impressions, here is a continuation article with with a little different hong kong. In fact, he, like any other country, is very different, and here not only skyscrapers and crowds of peoplehere yet nature and tranquility. beaches and poorly populated sleeping areas.

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