Oct 24 2016

A mean girl

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A little episode on the HKG-JFK leg. Soon after taking off, dinner is served. The seat of 31C is spreader out. When the staff asks her to uplift the back (of her seat) so Lady 32C can possibly consume her dinner. However, 31C made NO MOVE at all. The flight attendant Mikki begins to help 31C to push the seat back up. This is when hell breaks out: 31C complains, complains and complains, to a point Gentleman 33C got up and says to teary Mikki “you did the right thing.”

I’m appreciative and satisfy of the service Cathay Pacific has been maintaining over the years. evian water, good food. Bailey’s … plenty healthy snacks. Not sure what the heck 31C has to complain about. Btw, our captain is a girl!!!

Mikki comes by before breakfast – toward end of the flight, asks me to write a comment, which I gladly obliged. Unreasonable customer is unavoidable.

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Oct 19 2016

Hong Kong airport ferry to Macau or Zhuhai

Going to Macau from Hong Kong airport should have been easier but I made a mistake by exiting the airport (my brain isn’t functioning!) So I’ve to take a bus (HK$40) or a taxi to the ferry terminal in the city. The ferry to Macao is HK$164, an hour long ride. HK$204 is about US$36.

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On the way back from Zhuhai to HK airport, I enjoyed its convenience. The Jiuzhou Port looks small from outside but it’s pretty spacious and modern, in relative to its geo location. The 70 minutes ride is smooth and convenient. Airlines are on hand to check in, without going to the main hall and lining up with the crowd for security check. The ticket cost ¥290 but HK$120 airport tax would be refunded by the airline once I checked in, and to be collected a few steps away. At the moment, Zhuhai-HKG airport route only processes transit passengers – ticket agent checks passport and airline ticket before issuing a ferry ticket. ¥290 – HK$120 is about US$27.

 

 

There’s a couple of options for me to get to Zhuhai/Macau from Shanghai:

  1. By air
    When booking this leg of travel within my trip, NY-Pek and PVG-HKG-JFK  vs NY-Pek, HKG-JFK, the leg of Shanghai to Hong Kong cost only additional US$42, add on the ferry, would be around US$75. The actual flying is about two hours, which is pretty short and neat. But getting to the airport and going through security check takes additional three hours. Catching a ferry is another hour and the ferry ride is about an hour. Time wise, by air or by train takes about the same time: about 7 hours.
  2. By high speed train (map)
    Shanghai to Guangzhou is 7 hours and ¥793 plus Guangzhou to Zhuhai is an hour and ¥70 away; ¥863 is about US$130.

Because of the limited number of ferry departures from the HK airport, catching one is crucial. The advantage of the train route is you get straight seven hours of reading or writing time, uninterrupted, and the chance of delay is nearly zero. However I’ve to change @ Guangzhou. When all thing equal, I prefer train over air.

 

 

China travel: HKIA HK International Airport (HKG). It cost HK$254 (abt US$33) and travels about 70 minutes. Some info also on trip advisor forum.

  • Turbo Jet to Macau (has pictures, great for those who doesn’t read well)
    • depart HK: 11:00, 13:15, 17:00, 22:00
    • depart Macau: 07:15, 09:30, 11:30, 15:15, 19:45
  • Cotai Water Jet to Taipa, Macau
    • depart HK: 12:15, 14:15, 16:15, 19:00, 21:00
    • depart Macau: 07:15, 10:15, 11:55, 13:55, 15:55
  • Sky Pier, HK-Zhuhai
    • depart HK: 12:15, 14:15, 17:00, 20:10
    • depart ZH: 9:30, 12:40, 15:25, 18:35

 


Oct 2 2016

Cathay Pacific 国泰航空

The entertainment on Cathay is pretty good, choose at your own pace and taste. They serve evian water, good food, plenty healthy snacks, Bailey’s among other drinks. The staff is gracious. I get upgraded on both long hauls.

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Arriving by ferry from Zhuhai. The HK$120 tax refund on ¥290 ferry ticket.

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A little episode on the HKG-JFK leg (CX846) which is flow by a girl captain. Story here

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Mar 28 2016

A trip of a life time

My first ever journey with my dad, coincide with his 85th birthday. Given the fact that we had only lived under the same roof in less than four months in my entire life so far, calling this the trip of the century is pretty appropriate.

Cathay Pacific took us to Hong Kong first where he could renew his Re-Entry Permit 回港证; we also did a quick trip to Shenzhen. Our second leg was Taipei to tree bury his mom. His birthday was celebrated in Shanghai. I went to Anhui to visited two maternal ancestors. We met up in Shanghai and went to JiNan, visiting his grandpa’s tomb. The last leg was Beijing, included a day excursion to Tianjin.

I take JetBlue to San Francisco to pick him up.

  • Cloth 衣: Hong Kong street
  • Food 食: Western table wine is, still expensive. Hosts are still over ordering.
  • Shelter 住:  EatonTaipei City HotelYaocheng HotelAnhui Hotel and Yuquan hotel, the worst.
  • Transportation 行: Drivers don’t seem to have common courtesy to others and their favored rendezvous spot. In Beijing, there are xianxing 限行 restrictions on cars: on certain day of the week, certain last digit of the license plate can’t drive.  According to 911, for example, for the month of March 2016, on Tuesdays, the license plates ending with 4 and 9 can’t drive from 7am-8pm within 5 rings. Even with this restriction, there is always traffic jams.

Some odds and endsChinglish in China and color of money. The trip is complete with a Taobao experience.

Day

  1. 2.28 Sun, SF: JetBlueTrader Joe’sLake Merritt
  2. 2.29 Mon, Wellington St, Dimond park & Sausal CreekCX879
  3. 3.01 Tue, HK: the bridgeEaton
  4. 3.02 Wed, 延期 回港证; stores on Nathandine at Chateh; Taichi @ hotel
  5. 3.03 Thur, Shenzhen, lunch & shop, Jennie
  6. 3.04 Fri, TPE, a bank adTaipei City Hotel, gov 户政事務所, passport, evening mktfruits
  7. 3.05 Sat, temple 湧泉寺, NPM 故宫, Tamsui 淡水, MRT Shuangliana light tunnel
  8. 3.06 Sun, 101, DTF, Zhongshan; temple parade
  9. 3.07 Mon, tree burial; flight canceled
  10. 3.08 Tue Shanghai, 85th bday, lunch & dinner
  11. 3.09, visit a factory
  12. 3.10, Thur, badminton; lunch & 浦之舟, Peace Hotel
  13. 3.11, Fri, dinner @ Lujiazui
  14. 3.12 Sat, my 1st trip to Dongzhi county
  15. 3.13 Sunday, visit my ancestors
  16. 3.14 Mon, Hefei, Lujiang, memorial parkAnhui Hotel/dinner
  17. 3.15 Tue, Jinan, Hefei stationYuquan hotel 玉泉 & dinner
  18. 3.16, Wed, visit g grandpa; 南水北调 village, lunch; Uncle’sDavid Beckham; JFL 聚福林
  19. 3.17, Thur, garden 万竹园 and to BJ
  20. 3.18, Fri, Great Wall; 2 media codinner
  21. 3.19, Sat, East, Xihe 羲和雅苑, Maan coffee
  22. 3.20, Sun, Bird’s Nest 鸟巢/Water Cube, Dadong w/ Zhangs
  23. 3.21, Mon, Tianjin
  24. 3.22, Tue, Fayuan Si 法源寺; Niuji 牛街; Kaorou Wan 烤肉宛
  25. 3.23, Wed, Juqi 局气, demo derbysuitcase & the last supper in 中关村
  26. 3.24, Thur, wine, going home

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Mar 6 2016

The caulking

A little odds and ends: both hotels we stayed, are seriously lacking electrical outlets. I only found one in each.

The airport express train is very convenient. While riding (duh) I noticed the caulking job is pretty poorly done. So is the hotel shower.

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Mar 3 2016

Aunt Jennie

She took us to Shenzhen for lunch, and experience the third medicine that keeps her healthy. Her apartment is being maintained nicely.

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She asked repeatedly, why did her mother leave the youngsters at home and took the two older children with her to Taipei in 1948? I didn’t have an answer nor dad. My heart went out to her.


Mar 3 2016

The third medicine

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Aunt Jennie swears by this method to maintain a healthy body and mind. She’s been visiting this Long Electromagnetic Waves Health Center 超长电磁波保健中心 for years. The store claims it’s the third medicine natural therapy 第三医学 自然疗法. There’s TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) and the commonly known and used medicine, which Chinese call it Western medicine.

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Mar 3 2016

Northeast Cuisine 鹏城老北方酒楼

3034 Jiefang Lu, Luohu
罗湖区 解放路3034号湖北宾馆2楼(近桂园路)
0755-25890880

Aunt Jennie loves this restaurant in Shenzhen, she talked about it a lot. It’s casual, clean and delicious. I liked all the food we ordered, except, the dumplings and dumpling pancakes – I’ve them better in New York.

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Reportedly, Target is being targeted by 500,000 shoppers or people who boycott the store over their transgender bathroom policy. Ha ha ha … they should go to this restaurant – a little adventure. Male and Female are mixed in the same room. This IS a first for me, in any country, IF my memory serves me right.

Ok, here are the food for 3. Of course with left over. Long way to take them home but aunt won’t order less. There is a steak house on the same floor.

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Mar 3 2016

Shops at Shenzhen

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I’ve long heard about the shopping mall at Luohu. This one has multiple levels with not only shops but eateries as well. Vendors are not shy to solicit business. I liked a pair of shoes – similar to sneakers but the owner or sales girl was very rude and nasty. Oh well, I think the merchandises (LV, etc.) are all fake, counterfeit.

We had lunch elsewhere tho – at a northern style restaurant that needed a taxi ride.

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Mar 3 2016

Shenzhen

For historical reasons, the Cultural Revolution was one, dad never wanted to go back to China. These photos are as precious as the bond that built the railway from Guangzhou to Luohu.

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Crossing to China, from HK

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I was surprised to see that the short hop fm HK to Shenzhen is not high speed rail, which are prevalent in China now. We had lunch in and shopped.

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The Luohu Commercial City 罗湖商业城 at the Luohu Port.

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The area is huge, with a bus depot and train station, not to mention the shops.

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