Take It to The Limit, One More Time....

Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End Feb 28, 2013

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Flag of China  , Guangdong,
Friday, December 9, 2011

December 9, 2011

1464 Miles; Chengdu to Shenzhen 
Train K588 8PM to 8AM – 36 hours. (467RMB $74)


Our 90 day limit per visit in China was approaching. We needed to exit China by December 13th. We chose Hong Kong as our exit/reentry point and would ride the metro over the border. We were in Chengdu, 1464 miles from there!
Five days in advance, the maximum under the local ticket rule, we secured train tickets for two bottom beds in the same compartment for the 36 hour trip, Chengdu to Shenzhen. We played cards after eating our takeout Subway sandwich dinner …yummmmm! And at 10PM the lights in the compartment were turned off!

The more south we went the greener the landscape became. As far as we could see, we were the only westerners on the train. But in the evening of our second day on the train, we were joined by two young lads from Switzerland. They had beds in the next compartment. We started a brief conversation and soon they invited us to tea! Rafael and Jeremy had also become mesmerized with the tea in China. Up to now, I had stuck with a nice mellow green tea but Rafael introduced us to the renown Yunnan Pu'er tea; a black tea pressed into a brick. Rafael pulled out his travel size tea set and proceeded to brew us a few small cups. Pu'er tea has many varieties and this one is a little too earthy for my tastell! I need to learn more about tea…….

December 10, 2011 Shenzhen Loft International Youth Hostel

The train pulled into the west Shenzhen train station about 8AM. We quickly found bus number 234 that would take us near the Loft International Youth Hostel where we had reservations. Their website provided clear instruction for getting there and away….. Our first impression of Shenzhen was that it is as modern as any Chinese city with its share of high-rises, public parks, theme parks, art galleries and museums. The hostel is about a kilometer from the bus and metro stops in a beautiful upscale suburban neighborhood where Mercedes, BMW, and Porsches and Lexus are common sights. Lots of tree lined lanes and interesting galleries and eateries. We were able to check in early and left immediately to check out the Electronics area where we narrowed down the features and brand of camera and computer we’d be looking for when we got to Hong Kong.
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