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Further continuing the highlights of our first year of marriage

In September we managed to visit three countries. The end of the first part of our tour found us in Hong Kong – an amazing city where East truly meets West in a fusion of English road signs, dumpling houses and mega malls. We spent the day on the beach a stone’s throw from the skyscrapers, and hardly slept for three nights. It was there we met our second tour group, and continued into Southern China where we were fortunate to be invited to a Chinese family’s house for their Autumn festival celebrations – a traditional meal including… chicken feet!!!

The tour continued into Vietnam where we trekked in Sapa, the mountainous north, all steep hills, thick mists and incredible views. Next stop was Ha Noi where the tour officially ended, but the group decided to visit Ha Long Bay where we found ourselves marooned on a deserted island called Cat Ba after a day of deep water soloing and sea kayaking. As has been a tradition on this trip the quietest places were the most fun and an afternoon of Cat Ba Games and Cat Ba Karaoke we fell asleep to the sound of the sea.

We said goodbye to our new friends on the mainland and Stef and I continued southwards through Vietnam. We visited the ancient capital Hue before heading on to pretty Hoi An , then managed to find an excellent dive school in Na Trang and finally finishing in Saigon. My overriding memory of Vietnam is the rain. From the second we bid farewell to our tour group until we finally made our escape it rained. Poured in fact. Every. Single. Day. But what a country!

By Kerry Feely

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Stefan Palmer

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The land of plenty…….   1 comment

Hong Kong….Well what can I say.  It is such a mix of cultures.  So much Western/British ness still after 14 years of being back under Chinese ownership. With double decker buses, British road signs and….they drove on the left!

Our room in the hostel was tiny, a double bed just fitted in and with a spacious bathroom where we had to stash our dive bag.  The room had no drawer unit, wardrobe and some rooms didn’t even have windows.  Space is at such a premium why waste it on rooms you just sleep in.  The Chinese philosophy of copy it and flog it cheap doesn’t apply here either.  All stores sell genuine stuff, no iPads running Android in this city!  The shopping malls were in abundence and gloriously designed. With brilliant open spaces, glass ceilings and marble floors.  We saw ques for Louis Vetton, Dior and Zenga stores.    You will see below some spectacular shots of the city taken both day and night.  It was easy to just stand at the top of the Peak (which is accessed by a cool fanicular railway) and just stare for hours at the view.  Hong Kong was a surprise.  I wasn’t expecting the green countryside areas and beaches (we did indulge one day is a spot of sunbathing and swimming) along with the high rise skyscrapers.  It felt a very safe city too.  We all wondered back to our hotel at 1.30 one morning after walked across town with no hastle.  We fitted so much into our two days there, it was mental.  Kerry and both said we could easily and would love to live in Hong Kong in the future.  It would also make a brilliant holiday destination with something for everyone.  That’s my big recommendation of the trip.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

Posted 13/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in Hong Kong

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