Fraser Place Shekou Hotel Shenzhen
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Dep: Guilin North 9th July 21:33
Arr: Shenzhen 10th July 11:30
At the departure lounge in Guilin there is a huge group of visibly British students - from a sports team I think - all guys.
They are loud and drunk and carting around a crash test dummy, which accompanies them in pictures with the smiling locals. Turns out there is more than one way to travel in China.
... most likely from hearing all the horror stories, but to his surprise, found the food most exceptional. For the most part, we ordered the usual, but what was different, was the style the Chinese food was served. Meaning, the chopsticks, the round table, the lack of table manners and so on. We had fried noodles, rice, beef, pork, eggplant and porridge. I made sure to order double on the popular dishes as we had plenty to eat among the seven of us.
At the end ...
Today is our last day in Hong Kong. We have checked out most malls and tried to control our shopping (amazing what you can buy when you don't think you need anything!). Our flight to Melbourne leaves at midnight tonight! Today we tried to take it easy, taking a river cruise, checking out the largest mall (Grand Harbour), and visiting the Kowloon Gardens, a gorgeous oasis right in the middle of the CBD at Kowloon. This garden has wonderful sculptures, fountains, lush greenery ...
... right across Hong Kong to the mountains.
After a rather questionable green tea ice-cream we rode the tram back down to Central and jumped on a train to the 10,000 buddhas temple.
We ended up at Po Fook Hill Monastry by a lucky mistake; it is a very beautiful and peaceful place and I would thoroughly recommend it. We appeared to be the only tourists, and wandered around the grounds (and up the numerous stairs) fascinated by the fish, turtles, incense and ...
I'd say the lowlight would be going up the wrong apartment building and trying to open the door to the wrong apartment! Turns out all the apartment buildings not only look the same from the outside but inside as well! It was so awkward when the lady opened the door to me trying to open her gate! I was just as shocked as her! She was not impressed but surely I don't look like a burglar?! Eeeeeeeekkk. ...