Disneyland Ahoy

Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
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Trip End Jun 27, 2008


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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

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Disneyland.....WOW. Both of us were touched with tears at the amazing feeling we got from being there. Although it is still small and mainly for small children, we still managed to have a totally magical day.
Starting with a brill parade with everyone in it...hard to believe that people were dressed up in the big suits in that heat!!!????
We then rode on a space ride, The Teacups, went to Pirate Island and walked through Tarzan's house, on to a pirate boat ride fraught with danger...crocodiles, Hippo, Rhino, African Natives shooting poison arrows, elephants squirting water, eruption of fire quelled by an explosion of water and finally a pirate that would only let us pass if Nic shouted out the name of the captain of the black pearl, which luckily for the boat she got right and we were set free. Pheeeeweee!
If this was not enough excitement we then took in a 30 minute show of the celebration of the Lion King... (the Lion King story condensed into 30 mins) It was fantastic. The costumes and props were brill, as was the singing. Jan (yan), the little boy we had borrowed so we didn't look like complete saddos, was blown away by the whole day. This made it all the more special for us as we could see how much he was getting out of the day.
After walking a little way we then found Mickey and his friends and he had time to pose for a photo with us, as well as Woody and Daisy.
After traveling on the train around the park we stopped for our tea and even the carrots were shaped like Mickey Mouse! WOW!
Finally to end the perfect day we watched the fireworks at 9pm over the Cinderella Castle to music. FAN-FLIPPIN-TASTIC.
Then on the train back to our hostel with Mickey Mouse windows and hand holds...they think of everything.
The next day was a bit of a chill out day followed by a day of shopping for those essentials.....toothpaste, shirt for Pat...lap top. Well when in China buy cheap electricals!

Back to the hostel to cook dinner for the hostel...hmmmmm, not to plan!! The oven was smaller than anticipated and things took a little longer. But everyone was impressed and enjoyed their meal. Or at least they said so. No one was ill so that was a bonus.

20th July - A little sightseeing trip to the top of the mountain via the Peak Tram. it cost 22Yuan each way (15 = 1 pound). There is even a Madam Tussuad's at the top and lots of bars and of course where there are attractions there is shopping! Lots of shopping.
We used our Octopus cards to get there, which are fantastic. You buy them at the train station/ subway for 50yuan and then put money on. If you overspend its OK, when you top up it just takes what you owe off of what you have put on the card and when you have finished you get what ever is left on the card plus the 50yuan you originally paid for it.
You can use the card to buy things in the shops like water and food, travel around etc... when we were at the top of the mountain taking in the view we noticed the binoculars that you can see for miles with, you can also use your Octopus card to pay for this! Use it on the bus train tram underground. Superb.

21st July Isabella's birthday. (Jan's mum) The hostel had organised a day trip to the big Buddha (Tian Tan) so we all went along. The bus journey was very scary, VERY scary! We caught the tube to the bus station and then it was 16yuan to the Buddha. OH MY GOD. We are not religious but a part of both of us was praying we would be OK when the kamikaze bus driver was taking blind corners on single track roads with a 300ft sheer drop next to us like Schumacher! We don't think he knew he had brakes?
The Buddha was breathtaking, the views were spectacular and it was surprisingly quiet. If you go to the vegetarian restaurant there they give you free entry into the Buddha museum which is actually inside the Buddha (60yuan pp). The food was good but the museum was disappointing, A simple read of the history in the Lonely Planet should do it unless you are a Buddah enthusiast then knock yourself out.

After seeing the Buddha we decided to take Isabelle and Jan to see the Hong Kong harbour light show. This is free and between July and Aug every Sat night they were also accompanying the slight show with fireworks. FAB. This was to mark the ten year anniversary of Hong Kong being handed back to the Chinese.

22nd July - Train to Beijing!
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