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Old 02-03-2012, 05:07 AM   #316
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2 month Countdown Check-in


There is 2 months to go before this trip and I thought I'd do a quick check-in. I've organised the following:
  • Flights - all paid
  • Disney for my parents - all paid
  • Disney for us - booked and one night paid for. I'm going to see how the dollar tracks after this weekend and might pay my balance out in full next week.
  • Kowloon accommodation - all paid (both for my parents and for us)
  • Travel insurance - all paid and organised
  • Currency - in progress, some AUD converted over the HKD already.
  • Leave - all approved for DH and myself.
  • Passports - checked and there is stacks of valid time left on the passports for all 3 of us. I'm going to have to check that my parents also have equally valid passports.

I've printed out copies of the e-tix as well as the accommodation confirmations. I need to print out the travel insurance..........although.....come to think of it, I think I printed this out at work and forgot to pick it off the printer.


I still have to organise the visas for China; but the forms are nearly filled out. I just need to update the travel insurance question with my policy number and the paperwork will be ready. I'm just waiting on my parents to complete their paperwork before organising a time to hand in the forms at the Visa Centre in Melbourne.


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After this, it's just a matter of getting more currency and working out seat allocations.



I know an airline where you can do that the minute you book and move yourself around as you please online
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I know an airline where you can do that the minute you book and move yourself around as you please online

Does it have in-seat entertainment?











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Yup....BYO!!!
And extra legroom
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Yup....BYO!!!
And extra legroom

That's a PITA and I need the extra space for my (camera) body in my carry-on. We need 24 hour access to entertainment to keep DS occupied. BYO means 2 - 4 hours only.


And as DH and I are vertically challenged, extra legroom is nice; but not needed.

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That's a PITA and I need the extra space for my (camera) body in my carry-on. We need 24 hour access to entertainment to keep DS occupied. BYO means 2 - 4 hours only.


And as DH and I are vertically challenged, extra legroom is nice; but not needed.

You don't want to sit in front of me when I'm in a 'regular' seat.

I can be a REAL PITA with my knees in your back...
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You don't want to sit in front of me when I'm in a 'regular' seat.

I can be a REAL PITA with my knees in your back...
You and I are currently flying in different carriers. Won't happen for a while.
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2 months... that is awesome...
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2 months... that is awesome...
It's sure getting close.
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“The Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with One Step”....Shenzhen

“The Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with One Step” Lao Tzu



DH and I have long wanted to travel to China. So, it is appropriate that the quote for this post comes from the Chinese Philosopher, Lao Tzu. Whilst Hong Kong and Macau are now part of China, to the minds of X-gen people like DH and myself, so close and yet so far! But this trip will bring us a lot closer to our first step into China than any other trip we’ve taken.


Shenzhen is situated in Guangdong province about 40 km north of Hong Kong downtown. It is apparently a major city and the area is China’s first Special Economic Zone, one of the most successful.
(These zones are afforded with special tax incentives for foreign investments and great independence on international trade activities.)






Travel from Tsim Sha Tsui to Shenzhen takes about 45 minutes by MTR, which makes this Chinese city an attractive day trip option from Hong Kong…should one wish to go. Importantly for DH and myself, it will give us our first taste…our first step…into China.


In researching things to do in Shenzhen, I have discovered that there are a number of ‘theme park’ activities. One in particular – Splendid China – appeals to me. It contains scaled down replicas of Chinas historic buildings and culture. If you’re thinking Great Wall of China, Terracotta Warriors, Forbidden City and the like, you’re spot on the mark. Admission fee is listed at around $15 - $20, which includes the ticket to the China Folk Culture Villages, right next door.
There are a number of ways to get here…bus, taxi, subway.

There is another theme park in Shenzhen that intrigues me…Window to the World. Scaled replicas of Angkor Wat, Niagara Falls, the Sphinz and Pyramids, Colloseum and even the Grand Canyon. Why would anyone travel the world?

I’m not even going to mention Happy Valley theme park, which is the #1 theme park in Shenzhen.



But really….it’s the shopping that draws people to Shenzhen. With the mix of genuine and knock-off designer goods, there is sure to be plenty of bargains and rip-offs to experience in Shenzhen. If shopping is on the cards, I would be tempted to check out Dongmen Pedestrian Street, Rainbow Department Store, MixC Mall.


At this stage, I’m making sure I have the option to head to Shenzhen. That means organising a Chinese Visa, the first one for DH and myself.
Still waiting on my parents to pass me their completed forms and I will be chasing them this week for this.



One Step at a time!



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Less than 2 months now! My favorite dragon was the pink one. and I loved the fireworks photos, especially the last one. I didn't get to Shenzen when I went to HK. It sounded a little too scary for me. The language barrier in HK was enough. I promise to do the last day of HK on my blog before you leave. We did Ngong Ping and the big Buddha.
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Less than 2 months now! My favorite dragon was the pink one. and I loved the fireworks photos, especially the last one. I didn't get to Shenzen when I went to HK. It sounded a little too scary for me. The language barrier in HK was enough. I promise to do the last day of HK on my blog before you leave. We did Ngong Ping and the big Buddha.
Looking forward to your blog. Thanks!
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“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”…let’s talk about High Tea

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea” Henry James



As a child growing up in Asia, I remember many many weekend afternoons where my parents would drag us kids round to the various establishments offering their version of the High Tea. In the rose tinted faded memories of my youth, I remember platters of delectable sweet delights, sandwiches and cakes.

The traditions of this experience start by simply adding the leaves of Camillia sinensis to hot water and the brewing of an aromatic beverage known as tea. After water, tea used to be the most widely consumed beverage in the world…only recently surpassed by coffee.

Tea plants are native to East and South Asia and were only introduced into Europe by the Portuguese in the 16th Century. Those of you who are Asterix fans will remember that in one of the books, Asterix in Britain, Getafix brewed the ‘magic potion’ for the Britains to defeat Julius Caeser…which turns out to be tea!




The English would add food consumption to the experience of tea. So it is that I will be chasing rainbows and imagined delectables in Hong Kong. The colonial legacy of a High Tea is alive and strong among the city hoteliers.

(I did toy with the idea of experiencing a High Tea in the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort but given that the city hoteliers are more renowned, we opted for the special Dim Sum instead.)



Researching High Tea in Hong Kong, there were various lists of the best High Teas hotels in Hong Kong (The Peninsula Hotel, Mandarin Oriental hotel, Four Seasons, Shangri-La, InterContinental, Grand Hyatt) as well as non-hotel establishments (Cantopop, Antique Patisserie, Crabtree and Evelyn).

The one that appeals to me is the Chocolate Library at the Ritz Carlton. The Chocolate Library is located on the 103rd floor and as the name suggests…lays out a chocolate version of the High Tea. Okay….maybe it’s the fact that there might be a fantastic view to shoot from the 103rd floor that appeals to me….but you got to admit that a Chocolate High Tea might be something worth considering as well.


My mother and I differ on this point. She would prefer one of the more traditional versions and isn’t that keen on the Chocolate Library.
That being the case, I suspect it may come down to a choice between the Island Shangri-La and the InterContinental. I’m leaning towards the InterContinental, which takes bookings. One thing that seems to be different to the High Teas of my childhood…the food is not a buffet and all you can eat. Rather, it is served on tiered silver trays.

I suspect this will be one of those experiences that will be weather dependent. May we have a rainy afternoon and a couple of hours to spare for this experience!


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Chocolate tea? That might be worth a taste. I might have to experiment with that at home. If you try it tell us. I would love to see pics of that room. Are you going there?
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So I missed a bunch of updates while I was gone!

So I'm confused about this trip....remember us having a discussion about someone writing "non-linear" trip reports?

Have you worked out a timeline for your trip? I know you are going to Disney first. You have your accomodations worked out for the rest of the trip right? Have you worked out when you will go to Shenzen, tea and what was that other place that now I can't remember?

For those like me are you going to work out a schedule? or are you just going to be Vagabonds and decide what to do the morning you wake up, or the night before you go?


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Chocolate tea? That might be worth a taste. I might have to experiment with that at home. If you try it tell us. I would love to see pics of that room. Are you going there?
If I make it to the Chocolate high tea, I will do my utmost to get pictures.


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So I missed a bunch of updates while I was gone!

So I'm confused about this trip....remember us having a discussion about someone writing "non-linear" trip reports?

Have you worked out a timeline for your trip? I know you are going to Disney first. You have your accomodations worked out for the rest of the trip right? Have you worked out when you will go to Shenzen, tea and what was that other place that now I can't remember?

For those like me are you going to work out a schedule? or are you just going to be Vagabonds and decide what to do the morning you wake up, or the night before you go?


I know it's not MY trip!
This trip is going to be a little different to the highly planned-down-to-the-last-minute trips of Disney.
Aside from the first 3 days, which will be spent at Hong Kong Disney, the rest of the time will be more free and easy. We'll work out what we want to do when we get up and will be weather dependent.

I've just been covering off the various things to do and attractions at Hong Kong in the PTR so that I keep them in mind for when we are there. I'll summarise closer to the time of departure.

And...my TR will be mostly chronological. I don't do time warp tripping well!
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