Shanghai and Hong Kong
Trip Start Aug 30, 2008
24Trip End Aug 30, 2009
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First off our Shanghai experience was extended by a day due to train timetables! Not much you would think but i tend to disagree. I'll get into that later.
We have booked an amazing hotel to stay in for a week after we leave Hong Kong. It's in a place called pattaya just an hour or so away from Bangkok by taxi. Well after all the hours spent on sleeper trains i'm sure none of you back in cold, wet Scotland would begrudge us a wee break. After all, this sighseeing malarky is hard work!!!!
Throughout our time in Beijing and Xi'an people told us that shanghai was not worth visiting as there is nothing to see or do
Sunday was the only day really worth writing about! In the afternoon we headed for a place called The Bund. It's a view of the tv tower and other buildings on the far side of shanghai over the river from the pedestrianised walkway by the riverside. You would think with that sort of view it would take the locals minds of staring at the two peely wally's fae Scotland but obviously not.
At night we were due to to meet the two girls we shared dorm with in Xi'an for some food and drinks. We found what sounded like a good old Irish Pub in the lonely planet guide, so we jumped in a taxi headed for there. On arrival the place looked ok. We went inside to see what goodies they had on offer but after a quick scan of the menu we reallised that we were well out of our travellers budget. We made a sharp exit which seemed to confuse the chinese waitress slightly. So we were in a part of town that our knowledge extended to "it had a Irish pub"
Anyway the evening worked out ok in the end. We found a nice, if a tad odd little steakhouse hidden away under another resteraunt. After, we all headed back to our hostel for a few beers.
As the Shanghai experience came to a close we knew that another train journey loomed, this time 21 hours! Again we were hard sleeper. When we arrived at the train station we queued up at the main enterance to get in. At the first security check we were sent away now with these people speaking little English we were slightly confused. What we neglected to remember was that we were leaving the country so would need to go through immigration. Another worker spotted us and called us down to the right entrance for those leaving the country.
After the process of immigration it was straight onto the train no queuing to put bags through security, no queuing to board nothing like that, just straight on the train, what a relief!
Another bonus was the train was half empty, we were both in middle bunks, with noone above us. The train journey went pretty smoothly, but for one thing, the chinese Brian Blessed in the cabin next to us. With his booming voice and annoying laugh, Mhairi's caring nursing tendencies went out the window and she was so close to murder, she could taste the prison food.
Finallt the train journey ended an we reach Hong Kong, kowloon stattion. Luckily for us, it was only a short train ride to our hostel. Having got off the train, we eventually come across Chungking Mansion, there was certainly nothing "mansion" about it!! A lot of pushing past hagglers and up 15 floors to finally be shown our bed!! A bit basic but for the price we paid we can't complain, at least it's clean. Have a look at the photos and u'll know what we mean.
Hong Kong a pretty cool place, took the star ferry out to Hk island, really spectacular!!
Took yesterday to do Disneyland, was very hot but a good day out!
Off to Pattaya tomo and looking forward to it!!
Thanks again for all the comments, it's nice to know that people are reading about our adventures!!
Lots love to all, Mark and Mhairi xx