After Shanghai we decamped to Hong Kong for a day or two before we caught our various planes home. I really like Hong Kong, firstly because it's great for travellers (you can check in for your flight at the central train station and not head out to the airport yourself until hours later, by which time your bags have already been sent through), secondly because I like being able to get the recently-released cameras and gear you actually want (and more affordably too), thirdly because I like how close you are to all sorts of different stuff – thick forest buts up against residential blocks and the expensive boring areas of town are only a couple of subway stops away from the anything-goes parts of the city.
Luther, Sarah and I had all come in to China via Hong Kong and had a day and a half there before we started the trip, and had various things to finish up like half-made bespoke suits.
So we had a relaxing day or two winding down the trip and doing a bit of final shopping – Luther got his suit fitted and finished, I went back to Mong Kok (which was a thousand times smellier than when we went through four weeks before, like the weird-food stalls were all cranked up to 11) and got the filters I should have bought for my camera before I went through China, we all got pastry and much-missed western foods (cereal for breakfast!), and went to enjoy the views at night.
And then we flew home to some generally miserable weather. But good to be home.