We arrived into Hong Kong at approx 6:30am. It was already raining. I guess it was the first flight of the day, so the baggage, custom and imigration process were pretty smooth and quick. We were then transferred by the pre-arrange coach to our hotel, Intercontinental Grand Stanford in Tsim Sha Tsui. Check-in was hassle free with those friendly staff.
Things looked pretty good so far apart from the rain. "Never mind, tomorrow will be a better day", we thought (We knew it's gonna rain all week but was still hopeful). We decided to take it easy by just exploring Kowloon and shopping around. We popped by 仙果園 - "Joyful Peach" for a refill....
We also met up with Kevin and his wife in Mongkok, who happened to visit Hong Kong at the time too. They were on the run, so we agreed to have a proper catch up supper at night. As they departed, we continued shopping in Grand Century Place and also made a detour to Bird Street and Garden Road. Not much to see as it was raining like cats and dogs. I was almost soaked wet so we went back to Grand Century Place. As we walked back into the mall, I noticed many shops have closed and the mall was crammed with people. Only later on, we learned that the Hong Kong Observatory had issued Tropical Cyclone No. 8 warning signal. Offices, shops were closed or to be closed and everyone was rushing back home. Hell! They hadn't had this No.8 Cyclone for 3 years, and it hit on my first day in Hong Kong! I just couldn't help I was that lucky!!
Coming from a windy city, gale of 60-70 km/hr is a norm for us and we had been through the gale of 160 km/hr once that had blown cars over on the motorway. We were quite curious of what this Cyclone No.8 is capable of (I had only seen it in the Hong Kong series). However, seeing the chaos in the city panicked me. There were long queues at the bustop, people were pushing trying to crammed into the bus/MTR. People were crying and infuriated. It was quite a situation! We managed to bit the traffic, taking MTR back to Tsim Sha Tsui and bought some bread/buns on the way for our dinner. All cakes, buns and bread were almost gone by then! They've only got like two trays of buns left!
The gale was already gusting at 70-80 km/hr while we were walking back to the hotel. The rest of the night, we just stayed in the hotel watching news and eating buns. It seems to me that the Cyclone No.8's gale is not as strong as 160 km/hr but I must say it is far more hazardous than what we had in Wellington due to the geographical and the compactness of the city.
So, there gone my 1st day in Hong Kong....didn't really do much unfortunately.