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28,000 Steps Around Hong Kong

April 13, 2013

When I woke up this morning I had no plans for the day other than to go to Kowloon to pick up Colin’s new glasses. Little did I know that I would walk 28,000 steps, do the limbo, help make an Acuvue contacts ad, and discover Beertopia.

We started the day with a hike from Discovery Bay to Mui Wo. Today was the first sunny day here in quite a while so it was great to get outside and feel the heat of the sun, and be able to wear shorts!  The first half of the hike is challenging because it is a constant incline but it is well worth it for the view from the top of the mountain.

The city in the background

Peng Chau in the foreground, the city in the background

The descent is a series of 1043 stairs of ever changing heights and widths that ends at the Silvermine Bay Beach. So beautiful.

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We had lunch in Mui Wo and then took the ferry to Central, and then hopped on the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui. When we got off the ferry three Chinese people in their early 20’s approached us and asked if we wanted to play a game. They seemed nice so we agreed and ended up taking part in a limbo contest with them.

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They were doing a race of some sort through the city that had random activities at checkpoints. Soon after we left the limbo contest to get Colin’s glasses, we crossed paths with the team again and helped them in another activity, this time being filmed and them telling us how great Acuvue contacts are (the race was sponsered by Acuvue). Colin really got into it and took the microphone and gushed about how he was wearing the contacts and how great they are (even though he doesn’t use them). So who knows, next time you see a contacts add, keep an eye out for us.

Limbo Team!

“Foreigners are so nice”

Later on we toured to the West Kowloon Cultural District because I read that there was an inflatable sculpture exhibition there. Turns out it doesn’t start until the 24th, however it wasn’t a wasted journey because we stumbled upon Beertopia, a beer festival taking place on the waterfront. We got there just as it was ending so we didn’t participate, but it was still cool to see. We walked the whole West Kowloon Waterfront promenade which has nice views of the city. Its all reclaimed land that hasn’t been developed yet so it has a cool park-like feel.

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Hong Kong Waterfront

Hong Kong Waterfront

Along the walk we saw the ferry ‘Sea Smooth’ which was one of the boats involved in the 2012 Lamma Island Ferry Collision. It had quite a chunk out of the hull.

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Days like this are what I love about Hong Kong, you just never know what the day holds in store.

Bougainvillaea in Mui Wo

Bougainvillaea in Mui Wo

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