Shekou Haitao Hotel
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... are buying laundry soap, a rice cooker, bedding, or some frozen dumplings. Then there are the people ready to help you and end up following you as you stare at the wall of teapots. You learn to avoid eye contact very quickly when you shop.
After I bought the mug and the unexpected pitcher and tiny cups set I decided to pay too much for coffee again and I headed to Starbucks. I got an iced café latte because they were confused by me asking for an iced coffee. ...
... bit out of our price bracket at £73,000!
Back to the hotel and out again to try and find a good dinner venue which seems to be alluding us in HK. Not too early a start tomorrow as the flight is midday.
I have enjoyed writing this blog as a reminder of our trip and thanks Victoria for suggesting it. Hopefully it has been interesting at times for the rest of you. Will definitely repeat for any future long travels so beware.
... Market. Sonja struck a few 'bargains' as we walked for ages amongst the numerous stalls of electronic gear, trinkets, bags, clothing, chopsticks, mobile phone cases, watches, etc - the same as you see in any market of this type, with just a bit more of the Asian flavour. We returned late to our hotel and wondered where everything was going to go in the bags to get them home. Thankfully, we have an extra three kilograms each above what we had on the way ...
... Definitely plenty of "copy watches" and "copy handbags". I'm sure I could do with more handbags.
Anyway with our Frankfurt (19 degrees) clothes on, we headed back to the air conditioned hotel pretty soon to await the free shuttle to Kowloon Station so we could take the airport express. A big advantage is that you can check in for your flight at the train station - no queues.
Once out at the airport we ...
... makers and friends - thanks guys. I hope that's as much of shout-out as they wanted. We did a combination of touristy and non-touristy things in the run up to Christmas. These included visiting Man Mo temple and Cat Street Bazaar. The temple was totally different to those we had visited in Japan. The inside was an intoxicating wall of incense smoke along with dimly-lit ornaments and lanterns, whilst the outside was chaotic - worshipers were buying incense and papers faster ...