Of course everyone should visit here because it is absolutely beautiful. I however, had an ulterior motive. I had read that you can get your fortune told here and then take that knowledge off to Macau with you. Since I was going to Macau later in the day, I was so excited to find out if I was going to become a bazillionaire. Unfortunately, I had to wait and find out on my own since I could not figure out at all where exactly you can get your fortune told.
It wasn’t a wasted trip though. Look how beautiful the grounds are.
This is the only time I actually saw blue sky in Hong Kong. As an extra kick in the ass, this was the same day after I spent the morning taking pictures of nothing but gloom, fog and black skies at The Peak. Sigh.
Today I am up very early. My plans are to take the Peak Tram to see some really cool views of Hong Kong, come back and shower (since I will need to, all I do here is sweat) and then go to the Chi Lin Nunnery.
Of course, the weather hates me. It rained while I was on the subway (thank you for that) and then everything was so foggy.
I walked through a little park on my way to the Peak Tram. I took some pictures that did not come out because my camera was all fogged up. Some woman comes racing after me. She speaks to me in perfect English, asking me if I would please delete the photos because she thinks she may have been in them and does not want to be in them. Sure, I do this. She is double checking, asking me to show her they were deleted and I don’t even register anything at first. Then she walks away and I realize that (a) this place REEKS of shit and (b) that stench is coming from this woman who is wearing a black and white skirt that is completely covered in smeared shit.
I go back to take more photos, the woman is nowhere in sight. She comes flying out of nowhere, asking me to delete them again. I now notice her eyes are completely covered in dried eye goobers. She is trying to rationalize with me, I keep showing her “LOOK – YOU ARE NOT IN THESE PICTURES” She won’t let up. I tell her I will delete them again “because you are fucking annoying me now” and that she can stand behind me, opposite view of the camera, when I take them for the third time. She tries to convince me to not take pictures at all. She tells me “I have an anxiety problem.” I tell her “Yes, I can see that” and instantly regret saying that instead of “no SHIT.”
I explain to her that I have now gone above and beyond anything I should be doing for her, I am going to take these pictures, you can stand behind me, I am trying to work with you, you need to give a little here.
She agrees to let me count until ten while she runs out of the park so I can take my pictures. The weather made them come out like this:
Because of course.
What a completely aggravating morning.
I continue onto The Peak Tram.
From here, the weather is really ruining my photo opportunities.
I pay extra for the Sky Terrace. This was not worth it. There are plenty of restaurants up there with similar views. And I mean chain restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp and Burger King, both of which have got to be cheaper than the ticket.
It is so foggy up here that my camera thinks I am trying to take pictures of nothing and it won’t even work. I decide to stick it out for a little while to see if the fog goes away. It then starts raining, because why not? Finally I got to see the view, even if just barely.
Here are a couple more pictures that make me glad I purposely bought a fancy camera for this trip!