21.01.2008 - 21.01.2008 21 °C
Today we decided to do another of the enjoyable Lonely Planet walking tours, and chose the one around Kowloon which lasted around 2 hours.
The first stop was the Yuen Po Bird garden which was interesting; it's a popular pastime (mainly for men) in HK to own a bird in a cage, and this market had hundreds of cages of the little things on about 70 stalls, plus live crickets and grasshoppers etc for people to feed to their pets, and elaborate teak cages for them to live in.
Adjacent to this is the flower market which has around 50 florists' stalls. Nearby was the goldfish market which again has hundreds of stalls selling all different kinds of fish - not just goldfish! the tour then took us around various other street markets in Kowloon - it was a nice way of seeing the city.
We had Japanese (again!) for lunch, and then got the train a few stops out of Kowloon to Diamond Hill MTR to visit The Chi Lin (Buddhist) Nunnery. It was a gorgeous place - very peaceful and tranquil which is especially welcome in somewhere like Hong Kong. It was originally built in the 1930s but was rebuilt entirely out of teak in the 1990s. There is also a pretty garden surrounding it. It's a shame that the high-rise apartment blocks surrounding the complex get in the way of most photos!
By the time we had walked around the complex it was time to head back to the hostel to collect our bags. Stanley ordered a taxi for us and we set off for the airport. When we checked in at the Cathay Pacific desk, they informed us that the flight was overbooked and would we like to get tomorrow's flight; for this we were offered HK $1500 each (NZ $260), a night in a hotel and possible upgrade to business class! We declined as Stephen's Mum had taken the day off work to meet us, but when we saw her the next day she said we should have done it! It would have been great as we could have done with another day in HK. Cathay were pretty good too, as we had 53KG in baggage, way over the limit, and they did not charge us. We could not sit together on the plane though due to the flight being full.