SARS Check in Hong Kong
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On arrival on Hong Kong, Ted and I walked Francoise to the transfer area so she could catch her flight to Australia to meet her son and new grandchild. Before we got to the transfer desk, we had to pass infra-red sensors (SARS detection devices), as there was a big scare in Asia relating to SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Ted had not been feeling well, and was quite red in the face -- and sure enough, as we passed through the sensors, his head lit up on the screen like a red ball of fire! They stopped him and took his temperature (he was 38.1c -- somewhere over 101 Fahrenheit). I went with him to the medical quarantine area where he underwent lots of questions. They wanted to know where he had been, how long he had been sick, where he sat on the plane, did he use the restroom, etc.
It took us about 2 hours to finally get out of the airport! I rode the train with Ted into the Hong Kong Station, and from there we took separate cabs. I made him promise to call me the next day to let me know how he was feeling.
My cab ride from the station to my hotel was an interesting experience. Ted took the first cab in the queue, and I was getting ready to take the second one, when the driver of the second cab tried to skip me. The cab supervisor yelled at him to reverse and pick me up, and I got in. He did not know where the Mandarin Oriental was (one of the most famous hotels in Hong Kong), nor did he know where Connaught Street was (another famous landmark).
I stayed at the Mandarin Oriental -- had a great room on the 22nd floor with an amazing view of Hong Kong. I drank a split of chardonnay from the mini-bar, and crashed!