Published: August 15th 2006August 12th 2006
Me still smiling
This didn't last too long
So, you would think that in most countries they have a system in place to move people from one side of the border to the other...like perhaps a customs officer comes onto our bus and processes each of us or you have enough officers to handle the volume of traffic they typically get....
Well, not in China! We were told that we would be driving to the border, changing buses and then getting a Hong Kong driver to take us to the hotel. When we got there, we had to take all of our stuff and WALK across the border to Hong Kong...with 8,000 (est) Chinese day visitors to Hong Kong!!!! It took us 4 hours to make it over and that is with cutting the line at some places (rude Americans). We took in total 5 different methods of transportation and I carried my pack on my back the entire time! It was a nightmare! Not to mention that one of they guys in our group didn't have the right paperwork to get in (he is from Angola) so we had to leave him in China!!! It was crazy. Turns out that the school was tryng to save us
Only one small part of the line
This was the part we cut...it was the largest collection of people waiting for something I have ever seen!!
$10 so we walked, the best way to go is the ferry, which is too expensive for the day visitors from China so there is no line---we knew something was up when we were the only ones with luggage and the only white ones around. Oh well, better luck next time! Here is a picture of me before we knew it was going to take 4 hours!