Shenzhen Travel Blog› entry 5 of 19 › view all entries
Once the ferry arrived and I went through customs, I was very suddenly standing outside the ferry terminal with no clue what to do next. According to a sign, I had the options for a taxi (but I had no idea where I wanted to go), a bus (which I doubted was running anymore), and a free shuttle to the airport. I opted for the shuttle. The drivers on the shuttle (why there were two, I don't know) argued and pointed at me for about 10 minutes- at least it sounded like an argument. Since I don't understand the language it really could've been anything. But eventually we were off. There was a cute little boy who I assume belonged to one of the drivers, who just stood at the front and sang and danced the whole way there.
Then I was at the airport and again didn't know what to do. I thought I'd try my hand at one of the eticket kiosks to save time for my check-in the next day, but it was in Chinese and I really didn't know what I was doing. I thought I might have some luck if I went a floor below to the arrivals area, and lo and behold, there was a desk that said tourist service! I walked up and asked if they could help with a hotel, they showed me pictures of one nearby and called me a ride. One of the women at the booth then walked me upstairs and waited with me 15 mintues until the driver arrived to make sure I got there ok. My room was very cheap and pretty nice. I was on the top floor (11) and had my own shower and AC which barely worked.
In the morning, I walked down the street which clearly was filled with only locals who looked at me rather strangely. I went up to a street vendor and pointed to some warm drink- which I think was a mix of coconut juice and eggs- very yummy. Most of the things on the street were fried, but I found something that looked like a quesadilla, but tasted like a sesame bun with spinach. I watched all the adults in their blue uniforms walk off to work ( I assume there was a factory nearby, otherwise blue jumpsuits are just very in right now in Shenzhen) and the kids waiting for the school bus.
I had been a bit concerned about the legitimacy of the website I had bought my tickets from after someone else I know got burned with using a Chinese website for Olympics tickets. But I walked right up to the East Star Airlines desk and handed over my passport and suddenly had a ticket in my hand with no questions. That was a relief! While waiting for my flight, the thing I was most excited about was a new fruit- which may have been lychee, I know I've had it cut up before- and a can of water I bought in a vending machine- the can was clear! It felt like aluminum though, not plastic so I was very impressed. I made the mistake of taking my Malarone on an empty stomach which I paid for later with nausea and stomach cramps for hours. Didn't make for a fun flight. I tried having some wonton soup at the airport, which helped a little, but still didn't make it go away.
I had to laugh at the internet kiosk at the airport. It was from Kohler! So there was a display with a sink (not a toilet, too bad) and then a few computer scattered around. I also could barely get on any website. But hey, it was free. The woman in charge yelled at me when I tried to insert a USB into the port and kept pointing at the sink and saying "Kohler". Never figured that out, but I assumed she meant not to use the USB port so I didn't. I wanted to tell her it was okay, that I've been to Kohler Wisconsin and it's not that great anyway, but I didn't know how to say it in Chinese.
I nearly missed my flight because the gate was changed at the last minute. I heard a brief announcement in English and just barely heard my flight number and "final boarding". I raced around and luckily found it just in time.