Entering China

6th October 2014

On day two we took a tram up to Victoria Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong to overlook the city. I think the view speaks for itself…

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The height of these buildings are incredible… We could also see new building foundations being built from bamboo.

Now before any of us could consider moving to this glorious city, we found out costs to buy homes in Hong Kong, which is far more expensive than London! No chance.

I didn’t really have many preconceptions of Hong Kong but in the short 2 days in my opinion it massively outweighs London in terms of transport, architecture and cleanliness. Even the Octopus card (similar to our London Oyster card) can be used in some shops as well as trams, ferrys, MTRs and buses. We have a lot to learn from this city.

After hiking down the peak, eating with the group we had some free time. So I ventured off on my own again to find one of my 9 bucket list challenges. .. go to a recommend local coffee shop. I’ll do a proper blog post about all the cafes nearer the end of my trip once I’ve collated one in every country. At this coffee shop it was nice to look out the window at all the busy city chaos and people watch, take a deep breath in and think ‘oh my goood I’m in Hong Kong, I’m actually here!!!’

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Venturing into China

Anyone who’s had to apply for a Chinese Tourist visa themselves (not via an agency) will know the hard work that goes into it – they literally want to know your whereabouts at all times in China, flights, close family names etc. It wasn’t easy. So I thought crossing the boarder would be a breeze as they had everything they needed to know – But there were still three more forms. But the queues were afficent and organised so we were through quickly.

As soon as we arrived in China (after 3 hours of multiple MTRs through Hong Kong in rush hour with all our luggage followed by a 5 min taxi to the bus station) it was clear straight away that this is not a ‘holiday’ as we waved goodbye to the use of social media and seated flushing toilets. Also it’s clearly very different to Hong Kong.

For those who don’t know pretty much all western social networks are banned in China. It will be a nice break.

So as I write this I am on a night bus from the Hong Kong boarder to Yangshou… This bus really is something. Imagine removing all the seats in a westernised coach and sticking rows of small single bunk beds either side, front to back and a third row straight through the middle. Its actually really sureal (in a good way) and here we are for the next 12 hours.

There’s not much leg room which is saying something considering I’m only 5″2. But we are wearing seat belts which is awesome as I’m on a top bunk.

This bus is fully booked but there’s now a few locals sleeping on the floor on the walk ways. Luckily for them most of us are roasting hot so we passed down our blankets for them to sleep on otherwise its just a laminated floor. I’m feeling really fortunate to have a bed!! They all seem fine.

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Goodnight from me…

My Travel randoms of the moment:

Currently: Looking out the window – it’s pitch black darkness other than vehicle lights.

Feeling: Smelly, sweaty yet content. Looking forward to Yangshou and bamboo rafting!

Listening to: Red Hot Chilli Peppers: The Zepher Song

Loving: My selfie stick!!! (its just so handy) and my portable charger.

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