Trip Start Oct 15, 2007
58Trip End May 01, 2008
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We got to the train station and were excited to read a memo that said trains will run to Fanling every two minutes to accomodate increased traffic due to the Bun Festival. Bun Festival, how exciting.
We asked for information about the historic walk and the ticket vendor had no idea of what we were talking about and told us to get on the train. Good advice for us so we got on the train.
The train into the New Territories took about 45 minutes. We got off at Fanling station and looked for an information booth. There was none. There was an exit sign and it led us into a mall. Somehow we ended up in the parkade beneath the mall. I had to use my broken Chinese to ask for directions to the centre of town. It was misunderstood and we were directed to a large shopping mall. Fortunately for us, there was an information booth in the mall. The girl at the booth didn't speak English, but was quick to run and get someone that did. We asked about the historic walk, and no one had ever heard of it. Excellent. Then we asked about the Bun Festival. Oh yes, they were very excited for the event. Unfortunately for us, it was happening the next day.
We were directed to the bus stop just outside the train station and saw a faded sign describing the historic walk. We were in the right place! There were two choices for the walk. We could wait for the bus that would take us to the beginning or take the bus already there that would take us to the end and we could do it in reverse. Reverse it was.
The driver let us off in the exact place and we found ourselves at the walled city.
There was no map at this location and no signs of where to go. There was a small road that led past a school field
It was around lunch time and we were just across from a mall with a small restaurant. There was no English menu and the only characters I recognized were rice and noodles. One of the student sitting in the cafe offered to help us and we ordered lunch.
We found ourselves at
It took a while to actually find the path as there was only one sign but many roads. We did get on the right track and walked past partially walled cities set amongst new developments.
Fortunately the rest of the walk was easy to find and each stop had a map.
We found the place where the Bun Festival was taking place.
One of the temples on the route had a crew setting up chairs and tables.
There was also a Carlsberg keg and tap, it was going to be a good festival. Too bad we weren't going to make it.
We finished the walk and were now in the middle of an industrial area. The fumes were interesting. The streets were one way and the buses non existent. We tried to find a main road that would have a bus route that would take us back to the train station.
A guy at the bus stop helped us and even flagged down our bus. We were on the way back to Kowloon.