Monthly Archives: February 2012

In Shanghai, on the tour and then back to Hong Kong

It’s been a very busy time so far, so there isn’t really any time to blog. What follows is a culmination of a lot of scraps of time which I’ve spent on my iPad to record some of the adventures. … Continue reading

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Tactics of Shopping Tours

As with all cheap tours, it can be expected that they make back some of the money in shopping trips. In fact, our tour brings us to shop at their ‘earmarked’ locations, likely for their own commission. So far, I’ve … Continue reading

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Train trip to Shanghai

So, today, we’re departing Hong Kong again, this time, to Shanghai by train. It would take approximately 18 hours. In preparation, we had to pre-pack everything into two lots – the stuff we would take with us to Shanghai, and … Continue reading

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In Retrospect: Henan Scenic Tour Days 3-6

Since I haven’t had much free time, I haven’t been able to blog as much as I would have liked. The trip itself had taken a bit of a toll on my health, but more on that later. Since I’m … Continue reading

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Henan Scenic Tour, Day 2 and 3

Early wake went as planned, breakfast was an all you can eat buffet type. The temperature was somewhat cold. The food was okay, nothing special. A variety of both Asian and Western food. In my opinion, the hotel was form … Continue reading

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Henan Scenic Trip – Day 3 of 6

So, you might have wondered why I’ve been silent for a while. Well, as it turns out, I have been using my spare time on my iPad to knock up a blog post, but in the last 2 hotel stops, … Continue reading

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Arrived at the hotel – Aloft in Henan

First of all, a little correction – the Shanghai trip is actually the next trip – this trip is just touring the areas around Henan. Anyway, we’ve arrived at a hotel named “Aloft” in Henan – room 610. It’s a … Continue reading

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Going back over Chao Zhou Day 2 and 3 and now Shanghai Day 1

Well, it’s morning time, about 7:30am Hong Kong time. Packed my computers and we’re ready to head off, but there’s a bit of time, so I thought I’d go back upon the last two days. The second day of our … Continue reading

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At HK Airport, on the way out

Back at the airport, going for our flight up north China. We caught the E22X express bus to the airport and we managed to have breakfast at the airport. We met with the tour guide which informed us that there … Continue reading

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Chao Zhou, Day 3 of 3

We made it back to Hong Kong quite  a bit earlier than expected. Before 6pm, we were already back home to grandma’s place, feeling tired as usual. This won’t be much of a pictorial post, nor will it be a … Continue reading

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Chao Zhou Day 2 of 3

Well, it’s been a busy day today. We finally entered Chao Zhou proper, went through a temple, a nice nature retreat and did some night shopping at a complex with a Walmart. And add to this, stuffed ourselves full of … Continue reading

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First trip – 3 day trip to Chou Zhao

It was another extremely busy day again today. While the day was mostly spent in a bus going from the border out towards Chiu Chow, it was a really early morning for me, beginning at 6:30am and non stop until … Continue reading

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Last real day in HK

What a long day it was today. The first real photo day, and the last real day spent going around in HK. Last night, I slept soundly, and at 6am, I got up in eager anticipation. Part of the reason … Continue reading

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Lunch, and a (long) chat with Uncle Herbert

So, we left the apartment at around 11:15am to head to Hollywood Plaza, and on the way we passed through a buddhist temple of some sort nearby on Hammer Hill Road. I didn’t take any photos, and there were a … Continue reading

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Morning on the second day

From my last post, you might not have got the impression of just how rushed I was. That night, collecting the baggage from the airport – I stopped for less than 3 minutes to commit that post to the blog … Continue reading

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From the Plane (not really – actually in HK, I’m OK)

The weather in Sydney when we were leaving was relatively miserable. The sky was blanketed in grey and there were some light showers. Amazingly, we managed to push back from the gate s little early, and it wasn’t long before … Continue reading

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At the airport …

Ah well, I’m finally at the airport with more than enough time to spare – more than three hours before the flight is due to leave. On the way there, my dad’s carry on baggage handle broke off – I … Continue reading

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Packing …

Woo! Can’t wait. Flying out tomorrow (Wednesday), at 15:45 on VS201 from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Hong Kong direct. As usual, because I’ve been so busy as of late (with PhD stuff), I did most of my packing today.   … Continue reading

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