Back in Hong Kong again.... 3 times is too many!!

Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Arrived on Tuesday night (25/01/11), crashed out asleep, jet-lagged and Wednesday (26/01/11) was bit of a write off too. Falling asleep at 8.30pm and waking up at 4am is not fun.  The flight back was 18 hours I think and for some reason the plane pretty much flew up to the polar caps through Canada and then returned down through Russia and China – I swear it would have been more direct and quicker to fly over the Pacific...

Anyway, so this is my third time here and it is safe to say that although I am still telling myself I like this place, it can wear thin sometimes.  HK Island is expensive and very metropolitan like and Kowloon can just get on your tits with people asking, no change that to pestering, you if you want a Rolex watch, tailored suit, hashish or hotel room... just plain ignoring them or no thanks doesn't seem to tell them that of course I don’t want a ferking fake watch.  I am quite happy with my cheap and tacky, bright orange face and black plastic strap watch from Temple Market.  Do I need a tailored suit? Does it look like I want one? And no, I have a room to stay, but tell me about the hash ;-0... lol.

The hostels here, as I have said before are well below par and unless you get out, you could possibly see yourself slipping into some kind of decline – they are not traveller friendly and merely serve a purpose for somewhere to sleep.  For anyone thinking of going to HK reading this, don’t let me put you off though, I have just been here too many times as it serves as like a gateway to China from the rest of the world.  My first time here was awesome and the second time wasn’t so bad either!

There is one good thing about coming back to HK though, Ricky, the guy who I travelled with for nearly a month through China some 4 months ago is here ready to celebrate his birthday on the 8th Feb.  We have met up a couple of times; just walked around and ate lunch on Thursday (27/01/11) – steamed rice covered with chopped up pork and duck meat, bones n’ all (love the food here), and then got a little drunk with him and his friend in the evening in Wan Chai.  We then went shopping yesterday (28/01/11) in Kowloon; he was looking at some Japanese jeans worth over 200 asking me to feel the quality and weight of them, crazy money, and then later we ate in a small Vietnamese place with his friend again and I had some vermicelli noodle soup with satay beef – which was delicious.

The plan was to hang around while I sorted out a job in China somewhere and working visa... although, as I have had enough here now, I decided to move and am going to back into China tomorrow on an overnight train to Changsha; the capital of Hunan Province, which is pretty much directly in-between two of the places I am quite keen on working in.  I am going to enjoy Chinese New Year there with a friend I met in Guangzhou, Avivia, and then look at the job thing after.
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Stay safe Ben, good luck in your onward travels

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