|Tuesday, 18-Aug-2009 12:00
...jengok d Orient jap...Day 5 : HK-Stanley n Shenzhen-Guangzhou
Based on d agenda of d conference, in d afternoon we would be leaving for Shenzhen-Guangzhou Planning and Development Tour...meaning that we r going to travel to Mainland China. But prior to that trip, in d morning we took d opportunity to visit d southern part of HK island...specifically Stanley via Repulse Bay.
it is still early in d morning n here we r joining d queue for d bus to Stanley. Each bus can accommodate 16 passengers only n that is why u can see d long line...waiting for d buses to arrive. Fortunately there were many buses...or more like d Coaster-type midi-bus. U may also notice that most of those in d queue r tourists
d journey took less than an hour...n we r oredi in Stanley. More info about this settlement's background can be seen in d smaller foto at d top right on this entry. D residential density here r much lower than HK Central...but probably pricier. BTW, d structure @ d waterfront above is Blake Pier which has been relocated from d HK Central...may be because of d reclamation works
n this is Stanley Market...another commercial centre catering to d tourists...since we arrived there early, most of d shops have yet to open for business
this is d newer development in Stanley...merely few metres from d Market...n it is known as Waterfront Mart
ok...time to leave d touristy town of Stanley as we need to be in UHK @ around 1pm for d Mainland trip. Fortunately there is a regular bus service that pass by UHK. So...byebye Stanley. BTW, d bldg on d right must be quite new as d design is more contempo...it is a public bldg with a library being one of the available facilities within it
N with land being scarce in HK, even d graveyards r quite compact...unlike those usually found back home...like those @ Nilai Memorial Park for instance. So...high density for d living n d dead...hhmm. This was taken while on d bus to UHK.
Luckily we managed to arrive in UHK with time to spare...we even managed to join d rest for lunch. But to reach there, we had to walk uphill most of d way from d bus stop since d campus is on a hilly terrain...bepoloh den... As we didn't get much foto op on d campus, so along d corridor with UHK written on d wall pun jadi laaa
n we r on d way to d Mainland...thru a series of tunnels of course...under d sea...within d mountain...etc etc
interestingly, we encountered some Bahasa Melayu while inside d tunnel...tidak Jawa hilang di dunia...huhu
we reached d CIQ in less than an hour. Here we just cleared of all d inspections... Immigrations...Customs...H1N1. My Sayang looking ceria as another stamp has been added into her passport...with Haslina n hubby, Izham, closely behind
not long afterwards, we r oredi in Shenzhen...one of d areas in China that has been quite freely open to 'outsiders'. From d look of it, d city is very modern n well planned...not like what we had earlier imagined
high-rises everywhere with wide n long heavily landscaped boulevards connecting various areas within d city
Shenzhen's Civic Centre...neat design huhh...n colorful summore
We were travelling on one of those wide hiways n next to it is a feeder road...with this bus going quite rapidly
our 1st stop in Shenzhen was its Municipal Planning Bureau...wow...a planning dept with its own building...n totally separated from d other dept. No wonder d planning of its city is so 'fast n furious'...most likely due to d nature of its heavily 'centralised system' kott...with d planning being very detailed n of utmost important. Well...I may be wrong...
There's a lot of space within d Bureau allocated to exhibit d various models, proposals n projects...such as d above. We were also given a briefing by d officials n followed by a long Q&A session...with non-stop flow of chinese tea of course [hhmm...I am beginning to miss d regular Mamak's teh tarik]
d next agenda was dinner for all involved in this trip...looks like this restaurant are patronised by well-to-do folks
n d dinner was served...just don't ask me whats on d menu...lets just say we have to manoeuvre very gingerly indeed
as we were exiting d place after our dinner, we encountered this group of people who r waiting for available table. N while waiting, they engaged in a very productive activity...makan kuaci...hihi
after about another hour on d bus, we finally arrived in Guangzhou. We checked in into Holiday Inn City Centre Guangzhou in the city's commercial, shopping and entertainment district. This is d view of d street outside of our room..looked like a mixture of old n modern architecture
it was oredi late n most of d shops there were about to close for d day. Anyway, it can be observed that some of d traders practised wearing shirt as an optional item...panas sangat kott...tgh summer season la katakannn
due to d lack of d service of money changer due to d late hour, we just exchanged some @ d hotel, went down n ronda2...but in d end we bought nothing. D above was taken not far from our hotel...basically it is an old part of d city that has been converted as an commercial area n accessible for pedestrians only
...n yess...we simply have to have a foto op in our room in Holiday Inn City Centre Guangzhou as it is very spacious n well appointed. Unlike our room in HK...nak pakai ultra wide angle lens pun tak sure can fit in because d distance from one wall to another is simply too near...probably need to get d fish-eye lens... Compare to our room in HK, probably four of it can fit into this particular Holiday Inn room.