22.07.2010 - 22.07.2010
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We still have no idea how we are getting out of Hong Kong. We’d planned to head North West to the Three Gorges Dam so we could spend a few lazy days on the Yangki river cruise. We’d had to skip this last time we were in China because of the massive earthquake in Chengdu. Now it looked like Mother Nature was going to deny us again. The BBC world news reported that the South China Sea Typhoon (That had shaken us the day before) had dropped a months worth of rain onto China in the last few days and that the Three Gorges Dam was near bursting point. “…..the dam has only 20 metres capacity left and the water has risen over 4 metres in the last few hours”
I pictured the scene of the dam bursting in one of the superman films and you wouldn’t want to be down stream of that. Especially when the only thing that’s there to save you is the Chinese army. We’d seen the way they handled the situation in Xi’an after the earthquake in 2008. Our plans had to change again.
We’d worry about that later. We’d been told that the ferry ride across Hong Kong Harbour was one of the best sight seeing cruises in the world, and we weren’t disappointed. It cost 20p and took 6 minutes, but we enjoyed every second.
The ride up Victoria Peak in the old tram was amazing, but gave our pants another thrashing.
Two carriages hanging off the side of a mountain at 45 degrees on a steel cable is not the best way to relax. The views were amazing and we spent nearly an hour taking pictures so we could bore the relatives with them later.
The idea to walk down was confirmed to be stupid when the heavens opened, the wind and rain destroyed our £3 Primark brollies forcing us to invest in some £3 ‘Typhoon proof’ brollies from the Chinese markets on the way back.