My head felt very heavy after last night’s meal with Alvin. 14 courses are quite enough, plus wine and the obligatory whisky afterwards. I really struggled to get out of bed to have an early breakfast, but once the coffee has kicked in I felt much better.
We set off to get the funicular railway to The Peak to get a few nice pieces on camera, plus the lovely panoramic shots of this spectacular place. It had been raining on and off over the past week, so I was not expecting too much. Even Fred was quite concerned, that it would all be okay. We checked in and boarded the train. We were lucky and had the two front rows of seats, much to the distain of a few locals. Fred was quite straight with them. It’s about an 8-minute ride to the top and we managed to get some nice shots. At the top we were lucky and after a few breaks in the cloud, and got what we had come for. The sun popped out briefly, and we all managed to get a few rays.
Once that was over with we had a quick coffee and then organized the bus to bring us back into the main downtown to attend a tea appreciation society lecture on HK’s and China’s favourite drink. On the way we also stopped off briefly to get a few nice shots from a rooftop restaurant and Bar East. From here you could also get wonderful views over the bay to the old airport now being converted into a new cruise liner terminal.
At the tearooms there were already 5 other ladies ready for the lecture. We made our apologies for being late and also filming and got started. It was, I have to say, quite interesting; concentrating on the main 8 teas drunk in Hong Kong. These ranged from red to green and even yellow to black. We were shown the way to brew tea and to appreciate it. This is all a far cry form how we make a cuppa in the UK. Maria the lecturer was very good and really knew her subject, but as with all these things we had to leave early to set up for the next piece to camera with Maria.
We say our goodbyes and move onto the next location in Soho. This time we were to film on the longest moving walkway in the world. This walkway extends from the centre of town right up into the Soho area and is packed. At the top we film more taxis and nightlife then drop into a small Thai restaurant for dinner.
Still not finished we film the final end to the HK film on the waters edge with the skyline lit up behind and return to the hotel. We have a quick filming session in the wet market after breakfast tomorrow then it’s off to the airport for an evening flight to Bangkok. So now, off to bed.
We arrive at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok late into the night, so it was straight off to bed to be ready for our first day in Bangkok, which you can read all about