With all this in mind CHINA is bloody difficult if you cannot converse in Mandarin or Cantonese. Lesson learned
never use a public lavatory in China.
I would say the Chinese here are very friendly though and quite jolly in comparison to the stone faced
"Hong Kongers" who I think suffer a little like the Londoners of too much work and too much consumption.
In Macau we met some nice people, particularly a security guard at the Macau Museum who was a Vietnam baby from the
Philippines (he was born in 1966 with an American father). We had a great chat with him about MP3 players and he was
most impressed with our I Pod.
We are very proud that so far we have managed to get around on the buses which cost 2 yaun anywhere in Shenzhen
(which I think is about a penny). Joe is so happy at the good value. We did however get a lot of help from a very
kind guy from Taiwan who kind of rescued us and showed us where we needed to catch the buses and where they all go.
We have been eating some nice Dim Sum (which is Chinese breakfast) this consists of small portions of things like
deep fried spring rolls, shrimp dumplings, steamed pork dumplings (Joe), stuffed bean curd and mango for desert. We
are also really enjoying the Jasmine tea which is very refreshing.
Shopping wise have done very well. Joe (1 pair of Levi's 100% jeans - 5 pounds, 1 pair of Diesel short which are
off a decent length - 10 pounds) Wendy (1 Marc Jacobs coat, curiously made in Poland 15 pounds, 1 Marc Jacobs jacket
15 pounds and 1 pair Diesel Jeans 6 pounds). We went to the post office today and sent some of our stuff back as I
nearly had a hernia the other day carrying the pack. Note: We were very impressed with the efficiency of the Chinese
post office and their packing skills. We gave the man a hearty hand shake for his professionalism.
Then we went on a bus journey to a very ugly place called Humen. Lots of stares and giggles (must have been
at Joe's shorts falling down).
Any way we were going to go on the train to Guillin tomorrow but went to buy the ticket and they said the
journey takes 17 hours. Joe said f***k that so we bought two plane tickets instead. I am not entirely sure that they
are to Guilin though as they seem to spell it very differently. We are flying on South China Airlines so keep an eye
on CNN for any news of any downed planes as knowing our luck.
And if you don't hear from us in the next two weeks think of the poor old lady who got lost in Shanghai!!!!!