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Jungle Boys’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009

Location: Hong Kong

MapWe started the day with a tram trip up to the Central district to see the Man Mo Temple, famous for its many incense coils hanging from the roof. They are various sizes (see the photos) and when we arrived around 10am, they wee just starting to go around and light each of them. It's fair to say that the smoke from a million coils when combined with the oppressive humidity, made it near impossible to breath properly. We stayed at Man Mo Temple only long enough to get some photos. Still, it was an amazing sight. Not one you see every day.

Despite the pouring rain (it's been our fate all week to be walking around in the rain) we wandered through the Cat Street markets, but only a few had set up their stalls at that hour. We just wandered the streets, taking in the bizarre smells and the strange displays in shop windows, including a live snake in a cage, bottles and botles of dead snakes in alcohol (are you sensing a theme here?), things called "edible birds nests" (don't ask, because we didn't, so we don't know!), and man other bizarre so-called foods. Needless to say, we didn't buy any!

A tram ride back past where we got on earlier, near our hotel, took us to the Noon Day Gun, supposedly a gun that is fired at the harbour at, well, noon every day. However, when we got there, it was decidedly unimpressive, looking more like a kid's water pistol, so with the rain all around us we decided not to wait the 40 mins until midday.

After a break for a muffin and a hot chocolate we were off again in search of a shop that But it's cool!!!

By the time we got back to the hotel room, at 11.30pm, we were exhausted and realised we hadn't even eaten dinner. An apple and a slice of left-over birthday cake later, it was the land of zzzzzz for us.