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Hong Kong-Consistent Stranger in Strange Land

Two days ago i flew from Cairo to Honk Kong-The flight was fine, changing planes in Abu Dhabi. I have been on planes a lot, and on Ethiad Airways, the food was good. The movies are all the same. I still haven't wanted Three Billboards from Eben Missouri (or whatever), which is on every plane I travel on.

Finally I arrived in Hong Kong-the airport is about an hour from the city, which I didn't expect, so according to directions from the hostel I took the bus directly from the airport to the city, and to the hostel. The hostel room is tiny, with a tiny sitting area.

As soon as I checked in-I went onto the street, which is extraordinarily busy. I wanted to find a place to fix my computer-which wasn't very difficult. There are all sorts of computer stores around the hostel, and they directed me to a place that fixes laptops. The guy told me to come back in 2 hours, in case I went to another place to see about a Visa for mainland China. I had to take a number and wait. My number was 71-they we're serving 43. I pictured myself being there for a long time, but it turned out I only had to to wait about 20 minutes. (there weren't 28 people in front of me-it turns out). I learned that it would take about 5-7 days (usually 4 but with Easter holiday)-in which case I would be without a passport. I also learned that I need an itinerary for China, and it would be around $3-400 to do this. Finally, I learned they can turn down my request for Visa-and I think I would get some money back (her English wasn't that good). So I didn't end up signing up then and there-I decided to wait-plus I didn't yet have an itinerary.

I then went back to the hostel to take a nap-and went out for dinner, which was my second soup with noodles and fish-which was spicy (I put spice in there)-I then walked around the many shops.hk.jpg

Posted by DavidPearlman 16:12 Archived in Hong Kong

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