We’ve been to 48 out of 215 countries so far! That’s 22.33% of the world!
|Hong Kong has one of the highest population densities in the world. One would expect an apocalyptic congestion at street level doubled by strong pollution. However, this was not the case. How does that work? Urban planning experts could say. One thing I know is it was very relaxing to be some 300 meters above everything and just enjoy the views. So we went to all observation platforms available, on Hong Kong and Kowloon.|
|This is the Ocean Park. Nice rides, nice aquariums and nice setting.|
|Being away the focal point, Lantau island is even more relaxing. There is a very long and spectacular gondola ride. Magnificent views!|
|Not too many fishermen are left in today’s Hong Kong. Some of them are crowded inside 2 fishing villages on the Lantau island.|
Earlier transport methods up the Victoria Peak (such as humans or animals hauling cargo or passengers up the hill) proved unfeasible so in 1888 this funicular railway was inaugurated, opening the area for development. Today it is an important tourist attraction, allowing unobstructed and spectacular views of the surroundings.
|The next stop was Xiamen, in the Fujian province. This is less known tourist destination, visited mainly by Chinese. We saw only 2 or 3 Westerners there. Many tours have certain Taiwnese islands as destination but we went only to the nearby Gulangyu Island, a former international settlement dominated by Western architecture.|
|All restaurants presented the ingredients in such fashion.|
|Not all inhabitants are lucky enough to enjoy the tropical lanscape.|
|The main reason of stopping in Xiamen was to visit some traditional mountain villages nearby.|
|Such terraces we haven’t seen since North Vietnam, which was actually not too far.|
|The most interesting feature of this area are the Tulous, circular and fortified structures where communities of up to 80 families used to live before the arrival of apartment buildings. Quite an unusual sight, also listed as UNESCO world heritage site!|