Hong Kong - Rolling Deluxe!

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
Trip End Feb 15, 2011

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sam: As the end of our trip approaches, time seems to be speeding up at an incredible pace. The last month has been an absolute whirlwind of the most wonderful experiences shared with family, friends and loved ones. Let's start where we left off… Hong Kong!

Our dear friends, John (JJ) and Sandra, had flown from Brisbane to Hong Kong to meet us, and had organised two jam-packed weeks of living the high life. Our lives as dirt-bag climbers had taken a dramatic turn. No more tents and cold showers, Hong Kong would turn out to be about eating in the best restaurants, drinking expensive champagne and shopping!

It all began when we landed in Hong Kong airport, collected our luggage and found a man, dressed in a suit holding an "Upskill Climbing" sign. John and Sandra had organised a limousine transfer to our accommodation (Sandra’s sister, Lorelle’s apartment). Nice!

The next few days were spent shopping, shopping and more shopping! Keep in mind that shopping has been out of the question for me over the last twelve months, so this was a dream come true. (Lee: No! I got shin splints. It was brutal!) Clothes, jewellery, handbags, watches, Hong Kong has it all! At night, we visited the famous Aqua Bar where Lee and I were both treated to fabulous meals featuring lobster (again, it’s been a while!)

One night, we went on a Junk Trip to Llama island which boasts some of Hong Kong’s best seafood restaurants. Instead of having a menu, diners are expected to simply pick and point from the tanks of live fish and crustaceans stationed outside each restaurant. Someone in our group got wind of Lee’s background in marine biology, so he was swiftly appointed to do the ordering for our table of 10+ people.

Whilst in Hong Kong, we made two day trips to Shenzhen (which incidentally involved crossing the border and going through customs, immigration, visas etc). (Lee: Shenzhen is China's gift shop). Featuring over 700 shops and hundreds of salesmen and hustlers all jostling for your attention, Shenzhen was one of the most intense shopping experiences I’ve ever had. Nothing in Shenzhen was as it appeared. For example, I walked into one shop and they asked what I was looking for. I pulled out a photo of a pair of shorts I’d seen on the net. Within 60 seconds, a lady appeared from around the corner carrying that exact pair of shorts! Next I chose a Jimmy Choo handbag from a catalogue. This time, I was wrapped in a sarong (so no one could see this transaction taking place) while a hand dropped out of the ceiling’s air conditioning vent holding my bag!

Lee: After a couple of days of Shenzhen craziness, John and I were ready for some climbing. Yangshou in China is somewhere we've always wanted to check out. Only about 500km away from HK, so on a whim, we all jumped on a plane. What happened next will unfold in our next blog entry...
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Michelle Macwhirter on

Wow, you guys are having such a blast!! It all looks just so amazing. I hope you both had a wonderful Chrissie and New Year and I'm assuming your house in Brissie is ok!

Big, big hugs to you both and although I'm sure you don't want your travels to end, I will personally and selfishly be so glad to have you back. :-)
(PS. A new little Macwhirter is due 8 July!)

Dad on

Wow and Wow and more Wows. You sure can wring the absolute best out of any where around the world. You both deserve a bit of luxury so have a great time. C U soon
Love Dad and Robyn

Mum on

Some great pics there - your memories are mounting - can't wait for the next lot - enjoy the month that remains - hugs and love xxxx

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