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Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Page 5

Day 13 - Thursday, 11 April 2019

A tale of two airports

This will be a short update. Right now I am in Incheon airport waiting for my flight to Hong Kong. As you will see I have no lounge access, so I am sitting here in the departure area typing this like a poor person.
Before coming to Incheon airport I had to change trains at Gimpo airport. Well I didnt have to but I elected to take the slow normal train to the airport rather than the faster more expensive train.

Since I was at Gimpo airport to change trains I thought I might have a look at the small airport there, which also has a huge mall, and low and behold it also has a Din Tai Fung. I still have Korean Won to burn so I had an expensive lunch and am now having expensive airport snacks in a concerted effort to use up my Korean currency. Onto the boring pics!

Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - One last pic of blossoms in Korea, there will be none in Hong Kong or southern China, it is blossomeless.

One last pic of blossoms in Korea, there will be none in Hong Kong or southern China, it is blossomeless.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Behold the departure hall of Gimpo airport. It is massive and unoccupied. I am not sure when Incheon airport took over, but these days only a few main

Behold the departure hall of Gimpo airport. It is massive and unoccupied. I am not sure when Incheon airport took over, but these days only a few mainland china flights and 500 flights a day to Jeju island leave from Gimpo.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - As I said, I headed into the Gimpo Lotte megamall, found Din Tai Fung, had beef noodle. This was very HAPPIFYING.

As I said, I headed into the Gimpo Lotte megamall, found Din Tai Fung, had beef noodle. This was very HAPPIFYING.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Then in the mall I judged an art contest.

Then in the mall I judged an art contest.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - The departure area of Incheon airport, as a contrast to Gimpo above. It is a great airport.

The departure area of Incheon airport, as a contrast to Gimpo above. It is a great airport.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - To spend my money, I ordered a single origin slow nitro pour over Guatemalan children hand picked single roast Americino espresso platinum limited. It

To spend my money, I ordered a single origin slow nitro pour over Guatemalan children hand picked single roast Americino espresso platinum limited. It cost about $10!


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - My view right now...its an airport.

My view right now...its an airport.


I have found my salvation

One lousy photo? Yes indeed. Now I am in Hong Kong. Not only am I in Hong Kong, I am at the Salvation Army. Lets work backwards and try for some slightly longer sentences.

My hotel is indeed owned, run by and branded The Salvation Army. It is one of the top rated hotels in Hong Kong and has been for years. You see what happens is, all those so called not for profits that operate in your home countries, siphon off the collection plate in countries where they dont pay tax but cant make profit, and start businesses in Hong Kong, where no company pays tax, but they CAN make profit. You can find a lot of charities running big hotel groups in Hong Kong, most notably the Boy Scouts, their hotel is so popular I have never found availability to actually book a room there.

Before arriving at my hotel, I went to the brand new fancy high speed train to China terminal which is very near the Kowloon Hong Kong airport rail station, and collected my ticket to Guangzhou. There was no line at this time, so I think I was wise in doing this.

Before that, I was on the train from Hong Kong airport to Kowloon, a train I have ridden a few times before, its very convenient and fast.

Before that I was arriving in Hong Kong airport, This took longer than I expected, the customs line was long and filled with drama of people arriving who should not have been arriving in Hong Kong. I think the 5 people in front of me were all technically transit passengers who would need a visa to enter Hong Kong who were trying to enter Hong Kong for a few hours.

Which leaves, the plane. Todays Hong Kong Airlines flight was on a larger, very comfortable Airbus A330. I had a spare seat next to me and no children cried the entire way. Amazing.

So there you go, fast forward to now and its quite late, I had no real dinner, and I am waiting for the priest to come to my room and demand money, OR ELSE!

Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Here it is, the Salvation Army Booth Lodge for homeless male travelers of questionable morale foundations who look like they might be suckers who will

Here it is, the Salvation Army Booth Lodge for homeless male travelers of questionable morale foundations who look like they might be suckers who will make donations to a global terrorist organisation.


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David on 2019-04-11 said:

Kowloon side, right on nathan road


jenny on 2019-04-11 said:

Which area are you in?


mother on 2019-04-11 said:

clean seats at the airport- Australia take note.


adriana on 2019-04-11 said:

nice cherry blossoms on a red road



Day 14 - Friday, 12 April 2019

To hell with the rain

My title today keeps with the religious theme.
It is raining. I thought it would surely just rain briefly and not very hard. Wrong on both counts. Very wrong. I stubbornly went to Ma on Shan, pretty much the highest mountain in Hong Kong, or at least this half of Hong Kong.
I expected a well maintained well signposted path to the top, easy to do in the rain. Also wrong on all counts. But by now I was in for a penny, in for a million pounds.

For quite a few hours, I got completely saturated, and pulled myself up rocks and cliffs, getting covered in mud. My camera started to get wet inside, the lense started to get foggy, rain got on the lense, so do not expect good photos today. I guess it does not really matter since the photos were mainly of the fog and rain. Also dont expect good photos any day, all my photos are average at best, and clearly hated by my mother.

I elected to retrace my steps to get back down from Ma on Shan, so that I would not risk getting lost in the fog. This required putting on my cool gloves and sliding down cliffs while slowing my fall using trees. Of course every time I grabbed a tree about a litre of water fell on me.
My shoes filled up with water, and then my phone activated itself in my wet pocket and basically phoned everyone I know (message bank, idiots anonymous), opened every website in the world and launched all my banking apps transferring my money to random people. Excellent work!

So I was quite happy to get back to the subway, it was now raining even harder than before, and people on the train moved away from me, also excellent! Once back in my room it was time for a long shower to remove all the mud and to try and dry out my clothes, electronics, shoes, self.

Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - This is actually the view out of my hotel window. Unfortunately the window does not open. My hotel is built into the side of the cliff that runs along

This is actually the view out of my hotel window. Unfortunately the window does not open. My hotel is built into the side of the cliff that runs along one side of a small part of Nathan road near Mong Kok.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - The subway station that marked the start and end of my trip is about as far away from central Hong Kong as possible, however it still exits into a meg

The subway station that marked the start and end of my trip is about as far away from central Hong Kong as possible, however it still exits into a megamall. Inside there were actually quite a few restaurants open for breakfast, which is very cool. I lined up for a freshly made custard egg tart.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Here are just a few of the thousands of apartments in this recently constructed suburb. You can see the mountains behind it, in the fog. I was in deni

Here are just a few of the thousands of apartments in this recently constructed suburb. You can see the mountains behind it, in the fog. I was in denial at this point.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Cool looking mountains, cool looking fog, cool looking sewage treatment plant, lets go!

Cool looking mountains, cool looking fog, cool looking sewage treatment plant, lets go!


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - The path up to the start of the trail was a concrete goat track, and everything that you are no longer allowed to throw out with the normal garbage is

The path up to the start of the trail was a concrete goat track, and everything that you are no longer allowed to throw out with the normal garbage is illegally dumped along here. Tyres, medical waste, batteries, mattresses, halogen lighting, fridges.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - There was shit dumped everywhere for a couple of km.

There was shit dumped everywhere for a couple of km.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I was glad to leave the rubbish behind and get on a trail, which was rubbish free, but too steep for rubbish to accumulate on.

I was glad to leave the rubbish behind and get on a trail, which was rubbish free, but too steep for rubbish to accumulate on.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - That sign doesnt apply to me. It is actually a bit confusing, the official government website lists this trail as a recommended but difficult trail, a

That sign doesnt apply to me. It is actually a bit confusing, the official government website lists this trail as a recommended but difficult trail, and yet all the way along it, no entry signs.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - A bit of view before ascending into the fog.

A bit of view before ascending into the fog.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Despite not being that high, due to the steepness, it looked very high today.

Despite not being that high, due to the steepness, it looked very high today.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Fog approaches.

Fog approaches.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I would be heading that way, into the fog, and rain, and mud.

I would be heading that way, into the fog, and rain, and mud.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Bonus pre fog shots.

Bonus pre fog shots.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I actually thought the technical parts of the climb were behind me, but no, they kept coming, lets scale a cliff in the rain!

I actually thought the technical parts of the climb were behind me, but no, they kept coming, lets scale a cliff in the rain!


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Ascend a cliff into the fog.

Ascend a cliff into the fog.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Then a rope appeared, with a few bits of half arsed string hanging from the bottom of it. I tried not to trust the rope!

Then a rope appeared, with a few bits of half arsed string hanging from the bottom of it. I tried not to trust the rope!


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Complete fog by now.

Complete fog by now.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Between some of the peaks it was a very dense forest, with flowers.

Between some of the peaks it was a very dense forest, with flowers.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I believe this is the summit proper. No summit marker to know for sure, but I checked on google and the altimeter on my fancy watch. Time to turn arou

I believe this is the summit proper. No summit marker to know for sure, but I checked on google and the altimeter on my fancy watch. Time to turn around.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I realised at one of the other peaks I had failed to do the angry selfie, so here it is. Also it was time to put my gloves on!

I realised at one of the other peaks I had failed to do the angry selfie, so here it is. Also it was time to put my gloves on!


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Every now and then the fog would part briefly, and I would scramble to take my gloves off and take a photo. Usually the fog returned before I could ta

Every now and then the fog would part briefly, and I would scramble to take my gloves off and take a photo. Usually the fog returned before I could take the shot.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Last one for today, after this point everything was just too wet to bother trying!

Last one for today, after this point everything was just too wet to bother trying!


Grimey goodness

Hooray its not raining. I bet it will be tomorrow morning.

Tonight I headed just up the street and walked laps of Mong Kok gawking at the grimey goodness. Hong Kong is well worn. You can find new things, but generally they will have parts not finished, falling down, inhabited by homeless people, covered in durian skin or being used as a storage mall for bamboo construction poles.

One thing I noticed this evening was gun shops, lots of them. They are not real guns, I think they might be air powered machine guns, I dont know. But they are real sized very real looking machine guns. I think there are a lot more of these stores than previously. All of them had a giant no photo sign, an angry looking guy standing out the front with a trench coat concealing a real gun, and numerous security cameras, so I took no photo.

The streets were not closed off tonight, I suspect that must be a weekend thing only, but people walked on the road anyway, in amongst double decker buses, which were not the issue, but taxi drivers will go 80km an hour down a street full of people. I stood waiting with my camera poised ready to capture bodies flying through the air, but it never happened. The annoying thing is the slow walking, the slowest walking ever, getting 100 metres takes the same amount of time it would normally take me to go a km. Also, a lot of Hong Kongers are very large, this was reinforced to me when I went under the street via a subway, and saw a line for the lift, instead of taking the 28 steps. A line of young people in their 20's, reading their phone, taking their stomachs for a walk to put more things in their stomachs. Concerning.

Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Here is a market. The towering apartments make it more interesting. I really dont mind the smell of durian, some people cant stand it. Maybe I just ha

Here is a market. The towering apartments make it more interesting. I really dont mind the smell of durian, some people cant stand it. Maybe I just have little or no sense of smell.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Whenever a place is not occupied in Hong Kong, this occurs. Worse than that, later in the evening I saw a bank that had closed for the night and pulle

Whenever a place is not occupied in Hong Kong, this occurs. Worse than that, later in the evening I saw a bank that had closed for the night and pulled the roller shutters down over their glass doors, and people were busy taping signs to the door minutes after closing. Every morning when they open up they have to cut through the tape and paper to get into their bank.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Another market, I like the markets, they make for good photos.

Another market, I like the markets, they make for good photos.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - The obligatory how the hell do they climb all over bamboo and not die photo. This one also features giant tarps, flapping around in the breeze.

The obligatory how the hell do they climb all over bamboo and not die photo. This one also features giant tarps, flapping around in the breeze.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I stopped to take in a senior citizens soccer game played on wet concrete under lights. Awesome.

I stopped to take in a senior citizens soccer game played on wet concrete under lights. Awesome.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Egg tarts, they are not just egg tarts anymore, now they are a glasses shop.

Egg tarts, they are not just egg tarts anymore, now they are a glasses shop.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - In one of the nice new malls, there seems to be a mens shed setup, sponsored by Nike. In Australia mens shed is where lonely old men go to do manly th

In one of the nice new malls, there seems to be a mens shed setup, sponsored by Nike. In Australia mens shed is where lonely old men go to do manly things and wait for the end.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Laneways between the buildings are where it all happens, generally chefs smoking.

Laneways between the buildings are where it all happens, generally chefs smoking.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I hear they are nice on the inside!

I hear they are nice on the inside!


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Now for 3 similar shots from an overpass. Here is shot number one, which involves a market. I have seen lots of photos from this spot taken by other p

Now for 3 similar shots from an overpass. Here is shot number one, which involves a market. I have seen lots of photos from this spot taken by other people with longer lenses. Here is mine with a wide lense.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Shot 2 of 3, with a 7-eleven sign.

Shot 2 of 3, with a 7-eleven sign.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - And shot 3 of 3 with many double decker buses. They are noisy and expel a gaseous blast of super heated air.

And shot 3 of 3 with many double decker buses. They are noisy and expel a gaseous blast of super heated air.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I was turned away from 2 places due to being along, so I headed to a nanna place and had the Hong Kong specialty of won ton noodle soup. The picture l

I was turned away from 2 places due to being along, so I headed to a nanna place and had the Hong Kong specialty of won ton noodle soup. The picture looked better than what I got, it showed a heap of bok choy and I got none. Perhaps I should not complain as it was less than $5. Also, won ton noodle soup is really just MSG water to which I add copious amounts of chilli and pepper until its chock full of lip burning flavour.


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David on 2019-04-13 said:

well....

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has over +9,000 high-rise buildings, +1,500 of which are skyscrapers standing taller than 100 m (328 ft) with 350 buildings over 150 m

and yet I cant recall there ever being a significant fire that killed people, nothing like the one in London recently


adriana on 2019-04-12 said:

What I want to know is, does the whole neighbourhood go up in flames when one of those tenements catches fire.


David on 2019-04-12 said:

There was no one else at all. So I'm not sure how I would get sick? Viruses and infections generally require a living host to survive for any length of time.
Unless you think I might get jungle rot or hypothermia?


mother on 2019-04-12 said:

what do you mean, I think your photos are great - so great they look better than real - if that makes sense. Are you trying to get sick climbing in the rain? Bet there was no one else on the trail today.



Day 15 - Saturday, 13 April 2019

Surprise no hiking day

Well, it was raining when I woke up, and google told me it would rain more and more as the day went on. So no hiking today. Instead I set off early for a 30km stroll around Kowloon bay. Yes really.
First up, I walked down Nathan road to the avenue of stars, where as you can see, there are various Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan things to check out. Some of the Jackie Chan ones have been vandalised recently because he defected to the mainland and now works for the communist party in a deal he did to stop his son from being executed for drug trafficking and because he owes about 5 billion in back taxes (really!).

It looked like it was about to bucket down, so I snapped the touristy photos every tourist takes and set off along the waters edge, as far as I could go, into a force 9 kill hurricane. Interestingly, it was only windy at all on the water, one street back, no wind. I am pretty sure on top of mountains, windy. Also my view of mountains suggested they were in cloud, and probably in rain, I kept looking at them wishing I was there, but alas, no.

I walked all the way along the waters edge until all of a sudden, you cant go any further, very weird, so weird that you will see I took a photo of the dead end point. Joggers go to this point and turn around. Lots of Hong Kong joggers are old, shuffle slowly, and have all kinds of weird gear to jog with including gas masks with oxygen bottles, welding glasses, I even saw a guy with robotic things on both knees that I think he invented himself.

Near the end point of the water front walk, you can see the old Kai Tak airport which is now the white elephant cruise ship terminal. I decided that would be my goal for my saunter through the rainy streets. As it turns out its such a white elephant, you cannot get to it at all, but that didnt stop me from finding lots of interesting places along the way.

This meant I was back at my hotel a bit early, but not to worry, I found a very cool way to make foxtel (Australian cable tv extortionists) think my laptop is in my home in Australia so I can watch the formula 1 qualifying. They really should give up trying to geoblock people, especially when VPS's are about $2 a year. For my own reference, the trick to make chrome do what I want is this....
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --proxy-server="socks5://localhost:4321" --host-resolver-rules="MAP * ~NOTFOUND , EXCLUDE localhost"
Thats the nerdiest thing I will ever post on here.

Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I did a bit of work first up, audited the performance of the segregation at source of waste in Hong Kong. Astute observers will know that Hong Kong is

I did a bit of work first up, audited the performance of the segregation at source of waste in Hong Kong. Astute observers will know that Hong Kong is now sinking in 'recycling' because China doesnt want it anymore. Similar to Australia, except we have a lot more room to hide it in Kaniva and other places the Hells Angels want to put it.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - This is the entrance to a big garden. These guys at the top of the stairs were strumming a guitar and singing. I walked up the stairs and they told me

This is the entrance to a big garden. These guys at the top of the stairs were strumming a guitar and singing. I walked up the stairs and they told me I cant come in this way because they are praying. Its a public garden. I went in that way. The guy got angry with me. The red army needs to come here and SHUT THIS BULLSHIT down.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Here is the garden. It is actually really nice, a great oasis along the very busy very grey Nathan road.

Here is the garden. It is actually really nice, a great oasis along the very busy very grey Nathan road.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - If you come here in the evening, you cant move, its the underpass to the avenue of stars to gawk at the buildings on Hong Kong island. At this time of

If you come here in the evening, you cant move, its the underpass to the avenue of stars to gawk at the buildings on Hong Kong island. At this time of day it was just me and the cleaners.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Now for some photos of buildings and the water, here is one with some stuff in the foreground in the way. You can see the peak ascending into the clou

Now for some photos of buildings and the water, here is one with some stuff in the foreground in the way. You can see the peak ascending into the clouds.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - And this one is a crop, all mountains in cloud, as well as some buildings.

And this one is a crop, all mountains in cloud, as well as some buildings.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - He faked his own death and now lives in Byron Bay working as a busker.

He faked his own death and now lives in Byron Bay working as a busker.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - It was about to pour with rain. Eventually it did, but it took a lot longer to arrive than I thought.

It was about to pour with rain. Eventually it did, but it took a lot longer to arrive than I thought.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I think they are actually demolishing this rather than extending further into the sea.

I think they are actually demolishing this rather than extending further into the sea.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - This is a giant blue colored building that was full of white people eating a buffet breakfast. So I suspect it is a hotel, no idea what brand. 100% wh

This is a giant blue colored building that was full of white people eating a buffet breakfast. So I suspect it is a hotel, no idea what brand. 100% white people. I pressed my face against the glass and gawked at them. Stop eating bacon, it will kill you.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - That is the old runway at the old airport, if you squint you can see the new overseas passenger terminal, which no ships use.

That is the old runway at the old airport, if you squint you can see the new overseas passenger terminal, which no ships use.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - And as mentioned, all of a sudden the water side walking path hits a very weird dead end. The end of the line.

And as mentioned, all of a sudden the water side walking path hits a very weird dead end. The end of the line.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I thought I found a way back to the water, instead I found this van abandoned in a field fall of churned up rubbish.

I thought I found a way back to the water, instead I found this van abandoned in a field fall of churned up rubbish.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I was now into uncharted territory! Not really, everywhere is still shopping malls at the bottom of the mega apartments.

I was now into uncharted territory! Not really, everywhere is still shopping malls at the bottom of the mega apartments.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Cool colors. I thought so anyway.

Cool colors. I thought so anyway.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Eventually I made it around past the shipping terminal, I could not work out how to get to it. Nearby is a giant convention  centre place called somet

Eventually I made it around past the shipping terminal, I could not work out how to get to it. Nearby is a giant convention centre place called something like International industrial development zone for foreign and global investment corporations for the significant investment of Hong Kong and global pan Asian interests and developments. Except it never took off, so its being converted to a mall. Inside currently, a computer game tournament, using Razer phones rather than actual gaming computers.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Then things got even weirder. Basement 3 is a huge car yard. Lots of different dealers. Lots of supercars. I fled pretty quickly as there were some sh

Then things got even weirder. Basement 3 is a huge car yard. Lots of different dealers. Lots of supercars. I fled pretty quickly as there were some shady looking characters arguing about a pearl white Lambo with a hideous body kit. Black leather coat guys wearing sunglasses indoors.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Instead I continued on further along the coast, and came to an Aeon mall. Where am I, Hong Kong or Japan?

Instead I continued on further along the coast, and came to an Aeon mall. Where am I, Hong Kong or Japan?


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Inside Japan mall, I avoided all the Japan food and went to Fairwood, which is Hong Kong food Mcdonalds. But I had vegetarian! Its Quinoa patties with

Inside Japan mall, I avoided all the Japan food and went to Fairwood, which is Hong Kong food Mcdonalds. But I had vegetarian! Its Quinoa patties with pumpkin sauce and ancient grain rice with beans and mushrooms. A really good healthy $5 meal! Earlier I saw my stomach reflection in a building window and was ashamed.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Also inside Japan Aeon mall Hong Kong version you can dress your kids up as fire fighters and stick them in electric cars. I wanted a turn. The little

Also inside Japan Aeon mall Hong Kong version you can dress your kids up as fire fighters and stick them in electric cars. I wanted a turn. The little fire fighter outfits would not fit.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - It was very much raining now, so I followed the highway, well I followed under the highway. A lot was going on under the highway, all kinds of musical

It was very much raining now, so I followed the highway, well I followed under the highway. A lot was going on under the highway, all kinds of musical and art performances. Everyone wearing purple. I smelt Jesus. I was right. I ran away fast.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Here I am on the far side of the cruise ship terminal thing, which you simply cannot get to. Is there a tunnel that lets buses go out to it? Or is it

Here I am on the far side of the cruise ship terminal thing, which you simply cannot get to. Is there a tunnel that lets buses go out to it? Or is it actually closed off for good even though its almost brand new?


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I stopped for a late second coffee and watched the rain, and a sewing themed park in the newly re developed area of Kwun Tong. It seems to be an area

I stopped for a late second coffee and watched the rain, and a sewing themed park in the newly re developed area of Kwun Tong. It seems to be an area in transition, lots of big new shiny commercial buildings but also old residential buildings.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Time to board the train back to my hotel room. Not a bad view, lots of people. The train was absolutely packed.

Time to board the train back to my hotel room. Not a bad view, lots of people. The train was absolutely packed.


Weird stuff happens

Its still sort of raining, not that rain really impacts my evening activity which involves walking around gawking at things until I find my dinner, then I walk back to my hotel again.

Tonight I saw a few interesting things. First up, I saw a chef drop his cigarette lighter, it exploded in a fireball and set his pants on fire. I was shocked, but he acted like it had happened before, patted out the flames out on his pants, then went back into the kitchen.
Next up I was crossing the road via an underpass, and a girl slipped down the stairs on her ass, it looked quite bad. Her boyfriend however, pulls out his phone and starts filming her trying to recover her dignity while laughing his head off. Maybe he pushed her?
Thirdly, the usual guys on corners trying to get me to follow them to a tailor or to buy a watch were out in force, when that doesnt work, they go for massage, sexy massage. Still no bites. But then, Hasish? Opium? Quaalude? This guy was trying to sell me every kind of drug referenced in bad old movies. I am pretty sure that even in the recent movie featuring Quaaludes they mentioned that they no longer exist. This was not my last drug story for the evening either.
Last one for the night, I saw all kinds of commotion on a corner. A large tour bus had mounted the corner and was wedged on a steel railing designed to prevent buses from cutting the corner and killing people. As far as I could tell the railing had done its job but the bus was on a bit of a lean like perhaps its wheels on the inside were no longer on the ground. About a thousand cars were now lined up behind this bus with everyone bashing their horns relentlessly.

Also I have pretty much given up on pretending there is no water on the front of my lense. I am not even checking any more. Once it stops raining I will wipe it clean, until then, blurry bits on my photos. Not that anyone actually looks at photos bigger than postage stamp size these days anyway.

Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I found a place called signal hill garden. Its a hill and a garden. Obviously I marched up the hill in the rain.

I found a place called signal hill garden. Its a hill and a garden. Obviously I marched up the hill in the rain.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Here is the view, of rain. But concerningly, behind me there was a bunch of guys under the pagoda thing smoking dope. They looked like African war lor

Here is the view, of rain. But concerningly, behind me there was a bunch of guys under the pagoda thing smoking dope. They looked like African war lords, complete with gold chains and berets. They were playing dominoes. I left quite quickly as I have seen this movie. It involves me getting arrested, assumed to be part of the group, and then executed in Hong Kong for a crime I did not commit. Also, apparently 'concerningly' is not a real word. I BEG TO DIFFER.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - The Peninsula Hotel. It has a fountain and a neon anti suicide net.

The Peninsula Hotel. It has a fountain and a neon anti suicide net.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I forget what this place is called, I tried to photograph the people taking the photographs so it would look less like I was taking photographs of thi

I forget what this place is called, I tried to photograph the people taking the photographs so it would look less like I was taking photographs of things everyone photographs. I missed the best chance while I was still getting into position where women all dressed up were suffering an existential crisis, pose for the photo in the rain, or stay under the umbrella. I dont know if that properly defines an existential crisis, but also I dont care.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Here is my dinner. I ate healthy all day, but too much. This is vegetarian and delicious. It is tomato soup, with fusili pasta, every kind of mushroom

Here is my dinner. I ate healthy all day, but too much. This is vegetarian and delicious. It is tomato soup, with fusili pasta, every kind of mushroom, and scrambled eggs. It seemed to be a popular Hong Kong fusion dish at the local food court with orange plastic tables. Food tastes better when the tables are orange and plastic, and the chairs are mounted on a metal pole bolted to the floor. Also... $5!


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - You have heard of food trucks, the new hot thing is mobile mobile phone plan selling trucks. Yes, you can go into a truck and sign a deal for a sim ca

You have heard of food trucks, the new hot thing is mobile mobile phone plan selling trucks. Yes, you can go into a truck and sign a deal for a sim card!


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - The horror! The horror! Polystyrene boxes. You might remember breaking them up as a child and how they return to their natural state of tiny marbles o

The horror! The horror! Polystyrene boxes. You might remember breaking them up as a child and how they return to their natural state of tiny marbles of bean bag fill? That is what these boxes will turn into shortly, and blow into the ocean. Many countries have banned these boxes for that reason, but not Australia! My apartment has a HUGE PILE of these boxes from the companies like lite n easy who deliver meals to fat people who cant leave their couch.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I then found an arcade full of old camera lenses. One good thing about my camera is that you can fit any lense ever made onto it as long as you can fi

I then found an arcade full of old camera lenses. One good thing about my camera is that you can fit any lense ever made onto it as long as you can find the right adapter (which you can, for about $10). The Sony focal plain flange length is shorter than any other camera, which is important for some reason. It is all MOOT though, no matter the camera or the lense, my photos all look horrifically bad. The next few shots will prove this point, over and over and over and over and over again.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - I think these shops are called Park Avenue, but they are on Nathan Road. These are useless to me as its all designer stuff and I only buy cheap camo s

I think these shops are called Park Avenue, but they are on Nathan Road. These are useless to me as its all designer stuff and I only buy cheap camo shorts from kmart during boxing day sales. However Park Avenue did provide a very nice long roof to avoid the rain, so I took a photo of it.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Now we have entered spicy crab world. I like the lighting here, this area had what appeared to me to be genuine old neon buzzing signs. Maybe they are

Now we have entered spicy crab world. I like the lighting here, this area had what appeared to me to be genuine old neon buzzing signs. Maybe they are fake retro.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - More spicy crab. It made for good photos but I dont really understand how or why you would want to eat it. So messy.

More spicy crab. It made for good photos but I dont really understand how or why you would want to eat it. So messy.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Cool lighting on this street. The rainy low clouds help.

Cool lighting on this street. The rainy low clouds help.


Korea - HK - China - KORKONG! - Last one for tonight on a particularly bright street. Will it be raining tomorrow? Probably. Then what? No idea.

Last one for tonight on a particularly bright street. Will it be raining tomorrow? Probably. Then what? No idea.


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mother on 2019-04-14 said:

very cool photos tonight - spicy crab street looks almost like some kind of anime.


David on 2019-04-13 said:

Type this into Google
Abc hells angels kaniva

The hells angels are running illegal waste facilities in Melbourne, trucking highly toxic waste in rental trucks to kaniva near the SA border, and dumping it in the scrub


jenny on 2019-04-13 said:

Looks like you had an interesting day exploring. Not sure what the Hells angels have to do with rubbish though.



After 5 comes 6 so thats the next page.

Contents

Day 0 - Sunday, 19 May 2019
  Retrospective
Day 1 - Saturday, 30 March 2019
  The 3 worst photos of this trip
  The 3 next worst photos
Day 2 - Sunday, 31 March 2019
  Train to city too tired two photos
  Everything is grey
  Blue makes it less grey
Day 3 - Monday, 1 April 2019
  The first of many identical mountains
  3rd times a charm
Day 4 - Tuesday, 2 April 2019
  The great new ancient Seoul wall of Korea
  Dong Demon
Day 5 - Wednesday, 3 April 2019
  Great hike with a crap view
  All the usual neon and curry
Day 6 - Thursday, 4 April 2019
  No ticket no passport no talking
  Pancakes?
Day 7 - Friday, 5 April 2019
  Fog shots
  Sunny river city
Day 8 - Saturday, 6 April 2019
  A day of rest and walking
  The real actual city
Day 9 - Sunday, 7 April 2019
  All day clay
  By special request
Day 10 - Monday, 8 April 2019
  First of two loops completed
  Its all a giant slope
Day 11 - Tuesday, 9 April 2019
  Seven and a half years later
  Wet mall
Day 12 - Wednesday, 10 April 2019
  Not slippery when wet
  Palpable Shininess
Day 13 - Thursday, 11 April 2019
  A tale of two airports
  I have found my salvation
Day 14 - Friday, 12 April 2019
  To hell with the rain
  Grimey goodness
Day 15 - Saturday, 13 April 2019
  Surprise no hiking day
  Weird stuff happens
Day 16 - Sunday, 14 April 2019
  Surprise waterless hike
  One sided
Day 17 - Monday, 15 April 2019
  Procedural challenges
  Dark and mysterious
Day 18 - Tuesday, 16 April 2019
  Flood warning
  Shangxiajiu
Day 19 - Wednesday, 17 April 2019
  AAAAA tourist mountain experience
  The river that becomes a delta
Day 20 - Wednesday, 18 April 2019
  The industrial wasteland of Foshan
  The quiet river stroll
Day 21 - Thursday, 19 April 2019
  Trapped in a thunderstorm
  More of the same
Day 22 - Saturday, 20 April 2019
  The darkest of places
  Final Guangzhou dampening
Day 23 - Sunday, 21 April 2019
  Back to daylight
  Photos of the mundane
Day 24 - Monday, 22 April 2019
  A peak up the morning path
  Along the waterfront
Day 25 - Tuesday, 23 April 2019
  The cloudy dragon beach trip
  Pictures from a moving tram
Day 26 - Wednesday, 24 April 2019
  Looking down on the airport
  More pork more neon more harbour
Day 27 - Wednesday, 25 April 2019
  Only one airport photo
  The end