Arrival into Hong Kong
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I have arrived safely into Hong Kong after a rather rough start. I should be writing from Beijing, China which was my original destination, but in my infinite wisdom (or lack therof) I did not realize I needed a pre-entry visa for China. DUH! I just assumed I could pick up a visa at the airport (in my defense my countries you can do this). So...I am now in Hong Kong instead. The Hong Kong airport is actually very traveller friendly, I was able to find an internet cafe and book a hotel stay at the last minute. I tried to get my tickets changed so that I could visit Beijing on my retun leg, but unfortunately I was unable to. I am going to try and find a discounted ticket and see if I can't book a seperate trip on my return, if not I'll just stay in Thailand longer and skip Hong Kong on the return.
Meanwhile in Hong Kong...There is a really nice rail system from the airport and it takes you directly to Hong Kong Island (or Kowloon) from there it was a cinch to pick up a cab to my hotel. I am staying at the Ramada in the western district, right on the Harbour (of which I have a nice semi-obstructed view). The hotel is not near a MRT station (HKs subway system), but there is a trolly that stops right outside the hotels front door, and for 2HKD it takes me to the nearest station. The MRT is very easy to navigate and all the stations are posted and announced in both Chinease and English (complete with a British accent). I picked up a tourist pass which includes 3 days of unlimited travel and an airport transfer. It has made traversing the city easy.
My first day was mostly spent waiting in line at the Chinese consulate for a tourist visa, which I didn't even have the right paperwork for, so I wasn't able to turn in the application anyway. At these times I just have to take a deep breath and realize at least I am in Hong Kong and not sitting at home doing nothing. And really, I did it to myself, so the lesson learned is ALWAYS make sure you have all the information you need for a trip including entry requirements! Despite the setback, I enjoyed walking around Hong Kong island, eating local cuisine, and checking out the outdoor markets.