That’s Asia For You

It’s now been a few days since I came back from China and Hong Kong. I’ve worked my way through ten days worth of work related e-mails and spent two days in London since then and now I guess it’s time for an update of some sorts.

The People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong, which is also technically China, were excellent. Unfortunately, my trip there was entirely business related, as you might have figured out by now. In spite of that I made it to the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Great Wall of China. I had my camera with me and took a few pictures, I’m uploading them to my computer as we speak I write. Me and Ola, who I travelled with, also had a day or so off in Hong Kong before we flew home.

After about eleven hours in a Boeing 747-400 from Amsterdam we arrived in Hong Kong around thirty minutes past ten last Saturday. Jet lag didn’t bother me too much, I was tired, but I quickly found my normal rhythm. Way to go, SleepTracker. Jet lag wasn’t a problem when I got back to Norway either. The flight was a tad boring, if you ever plan to spend eleven to twelve hours in a plane, bring something entertaining. I recommend a pair of Sennheiser PXC 300 and a Sony PSP, which will make time fly by - oh, the pun, the pun… I had neither, but I survived anyway.

On Sunday we left Hong Kong and took the bus to China and went to Shenzhen, just across the boarder. Here we staid for a couple of days in a hotel that was basically a brothel. Then we flew to Beijing and spent a few days there, then back to Hong Kong again via Shenzhen on Saturday afternoon. We had Sunday off in Hong Kong and flew back to Europe on Monday.

Both Shenzhen and Beijing are very much like any Western city. Things are not as different as one might suspect; a lot of people and terrible traffic. Here’s a few pointers if you’re ever visiting China and Hong Kong:

To make a long story short - even if you probably read the long story if you read this - the trip to China and Hong Kong was a lot of hard work, but still great, and I hope I get to return one day.

By visiting Hong Kong, I’ve completed the first task on my List:

#1. Visit Hong Kong.

I’ve also decreased the number of continents I’ve got left to visit to complete #50 to three.


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