Trip Start Mar 11, 2010
Trip End May 01, 2010

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Loft Youth Hostel

Flag of China  , Guangdong,
Saturday, March 13, 2010

I got here about 10 last night. Shenzhen is the 5th biggest city, 4th biggest airport and richest city in China and for me a transit stop. It used to be a nowhere till 1980 when the Chinese govt made it a SEZ, special economic zone, to compete with Hong Kong. Most of the city is fairly new but a bit grubby, like most of asia. They now have special tax breaks and a lot of money swirls around the city. You can even get a Shenzhen only visa from Hong Kong.
 I got up early this morning cos Ive got a shopping marathon and have to get new jacket, watch and book to fly to Liijiang. I caught the underground from the hostel to the city, that wasnt as hard as I expected it to be. About 25 min on the train to Dongmen and I was too early so I got back on the train and went to Lou Hu. Lou hu is the border with Hong Kong, you can cross back and forward from here if you have the right visas so I thought there would be a couple of travel agents there that could book my flight. Sure enough there was one there and the flight is booked. The jacket and watch were more of a problem and I still dont have them. I did get a guy down to $50 for a 3G iphone but it sounded too dodgy and I dont know enough about them. Back to Dongmen for a better look. The place is just a maize of shops but nothing I wanted. Dongmen is all about bling. Mirrors and lights, really not the magic kind, and some of the shops were too bright without sunnies. I went into one and had to get out cos it was soo bright.
Last night I stayed at the Loft youth hostel. What a crap place. The bed was hard as a rock, it is very noisey, I was lucky I was in a room by myself cos I grabed the blankets from the other bed to keep me warm. They wouldnt negotiate on the price even though it was after 11 when I arrived, breakfast wasnt included in the price and they charge 2 yuan for storage of luggage for the day. And this is their rubbish computer I am using to bag them out and it keeps putting double letters.
Ive had enough of this crap computer, I will add pics when I get a chance.
I fly to Lijiang (up in the mountains near Tibet) tonight with Eastern Airlines will probably stay at Mumma Naxis if I can get in.
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flurr on

hi dad, glad you got to your 1st stop safe and sound... if someone is trying to sell you a phone (that in perth is worth $1000) for anything less than $400 then it IS A FAKE! and may not even be a phone at all.... i saw so many that came out of china/asia that were fakes when i worked at nokia... even some that cost $400. lucky your such a hard ass and can usually spot a fraud. :)
have fun! xx
love ashlea

chris&kate on

ha ha the phone is probably a pez dispenser totally buy one, glad you got into china safely, Kate just wants to update you we now have 11 watermelons get pumped lol.

Ngaere on

Good to hear all goes well so far.

dazza on

hey mate all good so far,spewing about the still sucks

llew1957 on

Hey Bro - ya still alive ! Only a couple of days into thetrip and your bagging the locals.

Happy Trails Llew n Julie

Aprille Simpson on

Glad you got off ok. So busy trying to oranize moving, didnt get a chance to call you. We in now and off to Augusta Friday. Cant wait for the rest before we start getting into these renos. Take care and be safe. Love Ape. XXX

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