Jeju Island here we come...21st to 24th June

Trip Start Jun 18, 2008
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Flag of Korea Rep.  , Jeju Island,
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Due to Eden's visa conditions, he has to leave China every three months, while we are in Shanghai, the closest foreign soil is Jeju Island (Korea),  all of us (our family and Ron's sister's family and the Grandparents) decided to turned this into a family holiday. So 2 days after we arrived in Shanghai, we flew out again (all 10 of us).
The flight was only hour and half, we left a humid and hot Shanghai, arrived Jeju humid and hot and foggy.
At the airport we hired a Hyundai Carnival which can sit 12 people, the car was brand new and very user friendly. Every seat positon is adjustable, perfect for stacking all the luggages we have. Our hotel was on the otherside of the island, built on a cliff overlooking the ocean, it should have taken around 40min to drive, except 20min into the drive, we ran into probably the heaviest fog I've every seen, visibility 5 meters max. I was too neverous to take any photos, but refer to the movie "the Mist" and you will get an idea. Luckily all was well, an hour later we arrived at The Shilla hotel, and checked into a Korean styled room, ie, with heated floor, can sleep on tatami or bed (the kids loved tatami).
Jeju Island is hailed as the "honeymoon destination for the Koreans", it was very clean and the locals very friendly, unfortunately most didn't speak English, which proved to be a challenge when eating out, we used a mix of sign language, Chinese, English and Japanese (don't know why that works), and managed to get by.
The itinery of the following days mostly went like this: sightseeing - food - shopping- food - sightseeing - food ....
Sightseeing was mostly beaches (which involves more food), and waterfalls. On the one day we planned to climb the Hana mountain (supposely the tallest in Korea), but drove back as soon as we arrived....there were millions of mosquitos attacking everyone.
So yes eating took up most of our time, which was perfectly fine with everyone. Korean food (at least in Jeju) was all about kimchi, kimchi, and kimchi, and involves little cooking (most are either barbecue, hotpot, or eaten raw). But some places did offer food that couldn't be found in Australia, such as: raw abalone/sea cucumber/boiled octopus right on the beach where they were caught, or free range chicken cooked in 5 different ways. Our meals ranged from US$40 (at a food court in Emart - a large shopping mall) to US $180 (at a tourist trap), and I have to say they all taste quite similar, with maybe the expensive meals included a few more pieces of meat. Most things were on par with Australian prices, with petrol even more expensive , the only exception were skin care products, which I stocked up on in my last day shopping spree.
3 and a half days were maybe too short to see all of Jeju, but would I go back again? hummm. 
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