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Hong Kong: Where East meets West

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Robert - a brother for me and my fatigue partner for 5 months with the backpack around the world - and I landed in Hong Kong from Bombay on a hot afternoon in early December.

After the intense experience India and the beautiful and pure nature of the Nepalese mountains, now we were going back to civilization. Hong Kong - along with Macao - It is one of the two special administrative regions of China. There is a curious fusion between East and West, Asia and Europe, Asia and the United States, Asia and Australia.

Our Hindu experience was not all the good we expected and we walked through the streets full of flashy neon advertising panels with backpacks on our backs and looking for a better adventure start than we had a month before in New Delhi. For these curiosities of life, we ended up staying in a pension run by a Hindu from the Rajasthan region. The room was not for rocket fire but the price was cheap and had its advantages such as being able to shower and brush your teeth looking at you in the mirror at the same time, since the bathroom was 1 × 1 and there was no concept of shower tray or Curtain: water fell almost over the toilet and sink.

Image: Chris Drew, Wikipedia

The five days we were in Hong Kong flew by. It is a very lively and differentiated city in two parts: the financial center and the city itself.

We take a ferry to cross the piece of land where the big ones accumulate skyscraper - is the second World city with the largest number of skyscrapers, after NY - where many western and eastern investment banks and multinationals have their offices. These same buildings are the protagonists of the nocturnal tourist attraction: a light and sound show in which skyscrapers participate as the imposing building of the Bank of China.

With a bus you access the Victoria Tower from where you can see the entire bay where the big ferries mix the small fishing boats of a single sail.

Shopping centers abound where stores of the world's leading fashion brands are present, attracting the eyes of wealthy Hong Kong residents who, not in vain, are in the post number 6 World as for average income per capita. And in the midst of such wealth there were two backpackers walking - everything must be said - quite zarapastrosos compared to them.

Losing ourselves through the alleyways away from the center we find wonders like the night market where you could find all kinds of things: from the smallest toy to the trendy ones in Spain - table sets with bamboo tablecloths, chopsticks and bowls , going through electronic devices of all kinds and manufactures of great and rare beauty.

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