We left Yangshuo with much sadness. We really enjoyed our stay and met some great people. We got the bus to Guilin and a slight panic ensued. The bus took 1 hour to get to Yangshou, but the return journey took almost two hours. Luckily we'd given ourselves plenty of time to get to Guilin train station. We made it with 10 mins to spare.
The sleeper train was really good. We were in a compartment with six bunks. We'd paid 240 yuan (£24 each) for middle bunks. I got s decent sleep and we were soon in Shenzhen and ready to cross the border into Hong Kong. Yes, I said border. Although they are technically one country, China and HK still has a border crossing. Anyway, we sailed through without a hitch and quickly made it to our hostel. The Ah Shan hostel is on the 14th floor of a run-down (looking) block. The room is tiny, but very clean, and for about £20 a night good value in HK.
The first day was a bit of a non-event. We got a bit lost and wandered around for ages looking for food. We ended up
spending far too much. We went up to Victoria Peak on the tram, but it was too foggy to see anything. Overall, a pretty crappy day.
Yesterday was great. Apart from discovering the wonder of 7-11's (who sell everything cheap - including cheap eats), we took the ferry over to Lantau island (£2.50), then got on the number 2 bus (£1.70) which takes you to the other side of the island, which is a nice trip. We went to see the giant Buddha. It was amazing - real wow factor. And free - which shocked us. Later that day we hooked up with Lou's friend Oliver, who lives in HK. We had a mooch around, got some food and had a few drinks. A good evening and Oliver's time was much appreciated. Louise's Section
How to scare Chris - Method 2 :
Fall arse over tit in spectacular style from the wet room into the bedroom trying to avoid twatting her head on any of the very close wooden bed frames, table unit or tiled floor! (think Todd Carty or Andy Peters on Dancing on Ice and that was me except in a space of
about 70cm square).
Yes this one hurt, but I now know when her instincts say don't step onto tiled floor with wet feet she should listen. Not too much injury but landed right on my knee and instant bruise and ensuing tears like a 5 year old. Chris has never had his nerves tested so much.
Except that, Hong Kong is ok. It's as mental as Beijing and people here have a habit of stopping right in front of you and I have to remember not to swear at them as they most likely understand.
Oliver kindly showed us more of HK last night and it opened it up to me how wonderful it is. You have no idea how massive HK's buildings are until you're over on the island. At night it's very impressive and we finally found out where the cheaper food courts were.
Today we have been to the Natural History Museum, I was disappointed that they have never had dinosaurs here and Chris had to explain that it is an island so unlikely they ever had them to start 😞 Now off to Temple Street Night Market (if Chris manages to leave
McD's toilets in one piece, something has not agreed with him today, hee hee).
Bangkok tomorrow, hurrah and girls I now fit into H&M Size 14 trousers!!! Whoohoo!!
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