Finally in Hong Kong. First things first, I have to get an Octopus card (that can be used for public transport an as a cash free payment option all over Hong Kong). Entering the first 7Eleven I can find. Easy to get but you have to fill it up with cash. And the next thing is the tourist SIM-card. Very nice offer. 8 days of internet (5 GB) and some call options for 118 Hong Kong Dollar (about the same in NOK). With internet all travel gets easier.
Did I mention that it is warm? I mean HOT! I start sweating just while I am standing. That will be fun. I got the information from the hotel to take the A10 bus directly to the hotel. The cheapest option. 48 HKD. After waiting for 25 minutes in the heat I enter the fridge – I mean the bus – and get the front seat on top. A good way to get an first impression of the city. Of course on the wrong side of the street… the brits have been here.
First impression are massive build up areas and then big areas of green. Small streets that are the main streets in downtown Hong Kong. Checking Google maps to get the right stop for my Hotel. And of course I miss the right stop and have to go back some – in the heat. The first impression of the outside of the hotel is not the best. One of these concrete blocks you see all over the city. I hope that I did not book a bad hotel. Some security guards show me the way (I don’t understand a word) to the main entrance behind the first building. This looks a little bit more like a hotel. Big glass doors and a reception desk. Looks good. I have a seat while the receptionist goes through the formalities. Fist shock – I have to pay a deposit. 500 HKD a night (= 3500 HKD) but not like other hotels in Europe. The want the money and not just register the credit card. That as not planned. All I have is 500 HKD in cash and an empty card – the money will be on my account in 7 hours, when the banks in Norway open. That seem to be Ok. But It reduces my accessibly budget for the trip.
I am escorted to the hotel floor which is the 6th floor of the house. The rest must bee the school (the hotel is part of an educational facility), administration etc. I got Room 615. The receptionist shows me the room, where to find what and all there is to know. While explaining, one student comes into the room with my luggage (that disappeared from the reception while I was sitting there) and they leave me alone.
A great big room. Large bed, a sofa, TV, working table, telefon, bathroom with bathtub, shower and a window into the sleeping area. And the room has a great view.