Today Sharon gave us the 101 on the Hong Kong transit system. Very few people here own a car and the city relies on, what Sharon indicates to be, one of the most efficient transit system in the world. Our initial impressions were the same. We have never seen so many busses and trams. The MTR (metro/subway) is modern and easy to navigate.
We hopped on a tram from Central and headed towards Wan Chai. What a great way to travel! Temperatures are around 25 degrees celcius this time of year and all the windows in the tram are open so you feel the fresh air and see the sights at the same time. The upper deck provides a new vantage point for the camera and I move up front and grab the best spot as soon as I can. We will be catching a tram again for sure.
Sharon leads us in to the market along Tai Yuen Street and right away I know why we decided to travel. An overwhelming feeling actually. You can view thousands of photos from around the world but nothing can replace being right there. Feeling the heat, the smell from the meat market blended with the smell of fresh fruit and vegetables. Hearing the sounds of a new language and not understanding a single word. People here are working hard. The business of feeding 7 million people creates a hustle and bustle which I have never witnessed before. For a moment I feel slightly guilty walking around aiming my camera at everything and everyone but then again I try to remind myself of a time earlier in my life when I worked in a grocery store stocking shelves, sorting empty bottles and delivering groceries. The time I worked in a fish factory after having travelled for a year. Or the time I worked as a cleaner in a pig slaughtery.
We took the MTR over to Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, on the mainland or TST as it is called by locals. We wandered and got a sense of direction and did some people-watching along the promenade at the Kowloon Public Pier before taking the ferry back to Central Hong Kong again. Late afternoon presented another special view of the city.