December 2011

Hong Kong terminus

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), 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.

Posted Sat 31 December 2011 17:03 (+1300)

Shanghai and leaving mainland China

I find it pretty strange when I tell someone that I've been to China and they ask “oh – where, Beijing and Shanghai?”. I really struggle to see why you would bother going to China and yet choose to spend your time there in Shanghai, sometimes described as the Paris of the east but perhaps better described as like all the shopping-mall-infested rich-people's cities in the west. Sure, the girls loved going shopping for clothes there, but I couldn't help feeling that you can do that in any big city and in comparison to the unique things we saw in the rest of China – we'd just come from Huangshan and Hongcun just seemed, well, boring.

Posted Tue 27 December 2011 14:54 (+1300)


Near Huangshan there are two ancient villages on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Xidi and Hongcun, and I'd arranged for us to see Hongcun before we took the train to Shanghai. Hongcun was 880 years old when we visited which when your own country is only 171 years old seems like a long long time.

Posted Mon 26 December 2011 23:51 (+1300)

Leave behind your virtue in Huangshan

After Beijing and the daytrip to visit the Great Wall we flew south to Tunxi, which is effectively the service town for the epic Huangshan (‘Yellow Mountain’) with its striking granite peaks, pine trees, and amusingly mistranslated signs.

Posted Sun 04 December 2011 18:33 (+1300)

Recent photos

Hong Kong at night, from Victoria Peak
An IFC monolith
Lucky Dessert neon
Hong Kong sign overload near Mong Kok
Sunset from Hong Kong Island
One of the stalls making Mong Kok overpoweringly smelly
Making the most of the land you've got
Cool arch up Nong Ping

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