I arrived in Hong Kong about 11am yesterday and by mid-afternoon there was an amber rainstorm warning in effect.
It was raining, a lot.
But not, apparently, as bad as it can get because there are also red and black warnings. At amber level kindergartens might be cancelled but life generally continues as normal. By black level people are instructed to get inside somewhere safe and stay there. I simply cannot imagine that level of rain. It was pouring yesterday afternoon, bucketing down, but it only warranted amber. Can't imagine it.
Now by this point my Mum might be getting somewhat concerned so let me reassure you that today is overcast but dry. So far. :)
Actually it had cleared up yesterday evening so I headed down to the waterfront for my first look at the famour Hong Kong harbour, arriving just in time for the nightly 8pm light show. By the time I made it back to my hotel room I had decided I might actually prefer the weather here when it's raining. (Although not amber warning raining.) It is stinking, sticky hot. Even at 9pm at night. I think this is the first place I have noticed that the condensation forms on the outside of the window.
I have tried out a few forms of public transport so far - buses, the metro, the Star Ferry and the Peak tram. I'm actually up the top of the Peak right now. (Got to love coffee shops with free internet access.) If I turn around I would be looking out over an incredible view. Skyscraper after skyscraper down to the harbour then skyscrapers again on the other side. (I will admit, wish it wasn't overcast as it has dimmed the colours, otherwise it would be absolutely stunning.)
Anyway, I suddenly can't think of much more else to say. Off to look at that view some more. Until the next time I discover free internet access. (Or need to escape from the weather!)