On our second day in Hong Kong we had planned to take an open air double decked bus tour around the city. When we woke up the weather would have nothing of it though. It was raining and kind of cold so for the first time during our trip the weather made us change our plans and first we went to the Hong Kong museum of Art and then we went shopping. I have never seen so many shops anywhere and the luxury brand stores here will make even Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich blush!
In the evening we saw the Symphony of Lights, a fabulous light-show where the sky-scrapers on Hong Kong island are the main actors. The lights on the sky-scrapers dance to the rhythm of a specially composed music and you can kind of see the character of the sky-scrapers on how they dance. Some are shy and minimalistic while others are cocky and a bit of a show-off and everything between.
This morning we took the short flight to Beijing and landed in Beijing in the afternoon. The weather in the capital was nice and the temperature was about thirty degrees hotter than when we flow through in January. We have been quite impressed with the Chinese so far. People have seemed cheerful and there is a pleasant wibe everywhere we have been.
The taxi drives tried to scam us though. We knew that we should pay 15 Yuan ($2) from the train station to our hostel but they didn’t want to talk to us for less than 100 Yuan. We met two girls that told us they paid 300 Yuan ($45) for a ride that was supposed to be 20 Yuan. Fortunately we found a tourist information office that helped us out. It shows what we knew that you have to know everywhere what is the right price to pay for things or else you will be overcharged.
In the evening we went to a touristy night market that sold food and snacks from all over China. On offer were for example grilled snakes and scorpions and worms, lamb testicles and penises, pig kidneys and hearts and cow stomachs and many other mouth-watering dishes. We were not so adventurous and had fried dumplings, chicken pancakes, Chinese hamburgers and deep-fried ice-cream for dessert. All of the dishes we tried were very delicious. Hopefully we’ll go again and perhaps we’ll be more adventurous then ;)