Some well deserved R&R
11.08.2016 - 11.08.2016 30 °C
Hotel - Intercontinental Grand Stanford, Hong Kong - Room 845
We flew through the night for eleven and a half hours and finally arrived in Hong Kong at 5.15 pm Hong Kong time. Our systems are now totally out of whack as a couple of hours before we landed, they served us breakfast. We were both really good on this flight and opted for a light snack last night when we took off (instead of a huge dinner) and then this morning we only had a continental breakfast.
The flight was long but good. Being in Business Class certainly helps because if you can have a good sleep, it is half the battle. My cold just won't go away and Phil is coughing and spluttering all over the place. The other passengers must just love us! By the time of landing, I have no makeup on, I have bed hair and I have mucus coming from my eyes, nose and mouth (sorry about that). What a sight! How so much mucus can come from one body is a mystery to me. Needless to say, I am heading for the shower as soon as we check in.
On arrival in Hong Kong airport, we walked past a "temperature station", where there are people with surgical masks on checking the passengers for high temperatures. The equipment must be very sophisticated as they can detect a temperature from quite a distance. Just as well I wasn't here a couple of days ago, as I had a bit of temperature then with my cold.
We had a bit of a discussion about how would be the best way to get to our hotel and Phil was considering the train, but I pushed for a taxi and that's what we got. It's a long way in from the airport to Kowloon but the thought of trying to drag bags onto a train certainly did not appeal to me. It only cost 282 HKD, which is about 50 something Aussie dollars for the taxi - door to door.
Hong Kong is huge and there are high rises everywhere. Phil was here in the early 70s on his way to Ankara, Turkey and I was here in the early 80s with my Mum, but nothing looks even slightly familiar.
Our hotel is in a great position, right on the harbour and our room is gorgeous.
When Phil booked he requested a room with a view of the harbour, a king sized bed, and a bath. Well he got all that and more. We have six rooms if you count the entry foyer and the dressing room. We have two toilets, a huge lounge room with a TV, a huge bed room with a TV and a very large bathroom - all this with absolutely sweeping views of Hong Kong harbour. It is gorgeous. I just can't stop looking out the window. Can hardly wait for the day time view.
We showered and dressed and went out to find somewhere for a little snack before bed and we'll get back into the eating routine tomorrow. It is quite warm and humid.
We ended up in Shanghai Min 1987 which we now think is a very upmarket restaurant serving authentic Shanghaiese cuisine. On glancing through the menu, there was a huge amount of weird seafood dishes and we weren't sure if we would be able to find something to order. However, we did and then got a bit carried away and couldn't eat all that we had ordered. It was very delicious. A good sign too that we were the only Europeans in the restaurant. We had spring rolls; shredded duck in a crispy coating that we then had to wrap in a pancake (a bit like Peking Duck); yummy pork balls and a minced pork thing that we had to spoon into a hollow pastry shell. It was all very different and nice. Not at all like our local Chinese Cafe. With a couple of beers and a pot of green tea, the bill came to 525 HKD, divide by 5 to get Aussie dollars - it was a bit expensive, but our first meal together in Hong Kong was very memorable.
Going to have a relaxing bubble bath now and a sleep in and have a late morning tomorrow. Got to try to get rid of this cold. I had a coughing fit in the restaurant and felt SO embarrassed.