The only ticket to Hong Kong I could get was a very long, slow ‘hard sleeper’ to Shenzhen – the city just across the border from HK. I did want to try out ‘hard sleeper’ so I wasn’t too bothered, but it wasn’t quite my posh train to Shanghai..
Six bunks in each open compartment and then some tables and chairs in the corridor for eating pot noodles. It wasn’t bad, although it did remind me of an underground bunker I once saw in a war museum in Berlin. I stayed in bed for most of it as I had a cold anyway! The views became quite tropical, rice fields, orange rivers..and I could feel it getting hotter.
And everyone was so friendly! I asked someone to write a Chinese word on some paper so I could show it to the taxi driver, then I seemed to have all these people discussing how I should get there, and they’re getting the kids to translate as the only thing they know in English is hello and 1, 2, 3.. Telling me I should take the subway for 4rmb rather than 40rmb. With 2 suitcases I am quite happy to pay £4 for a taxi. I had decided to cross at Luohu which is at the main train station in Shenzhen. My train had taken me to Shenzhen East unfortunately! But I showed my taxi driver my paper and he already knew ‘ah Hong Kong?!’ Yes!
Crossing was easy..just follow the signs!
And got a train and a taxi up the mountain to Aniela’s, which is so posh the doorman wouldn’t even call the ‘landlord’ before seeing my ID and filling in his visitor card.
Yesterday we went to Stanley and had Dim Sum for lunch where we made a lot of mess coz it was so nice!