A Travellerspoint blog

April 2006

China Men

Just like Boss Hog bowls

overcast 24 °C

Hi everyone... Our first four days in China have been amazing.

Highlights:

  • Melon's former student BoBo / Smiler's TV in Shenzen (a former fishing village on steroids)...the best TV we've ever seen, a huge flat LCD in an amazingly good apartment. Smiler was one of the most bubbly people ever, great value. As was the Chinglish outside her apartment block lawn "Show mercy to the green lives under your foot" (8 culture points)
  • Getting invited to dinner in Jingdezhen (a chilled out "town" of 1.5 million people) by guys from the local high school while in the internet cafe. These guys had minimal english but this was great, everyone in China is amazingly friendly. New foods tried here: sea snails, pig heart (far better than they sound). When we played bball and Hengel jammed it the locals almost lost it (1750 culture points)
  • Hot Pot with locals in Quzhou. The Chinese do food like no one else...wow... hot pot will be taken to the next level when we return... close runner-up was Melon's former University twice daily eating spot - I am considering moving to Quzhou for this
  • Massage in Quzhou (you know it Rafter). This was the best $2.50 we have ever spent, also getting told we are beautiful and "I love you" can't do the ego any harm. Although, Melon's teaching mate back in the day, The Captain (holds the record of worst guy in the world, ever), also was apparently "beautiful" too...not to worry (10 culture points)

Also I'm going to have to award 1200 culture points for the amount of stares we've received over the last 4 days... 1 point per stare... Hengel has had most of them, the blond giant is freaking people out (Westerners seen over last 4 days: 2 (Melon, Hengel))

Finally 350 points for our death defying taxi rides in Quzhou (Again, Rafter, you know it). Lanes are negotiable, overtakes are kamikaze-esque and horns highly prevalent (accidents seen: 0). As I write this in Quzhou, all 3 of us are hoping that we will win the lottery. This is that the locally-renowned crazy leadfoot driving Citroen taxi #0437 will pick us up next... then we will have a video to share. We wait in hope

Morto

Top 5 Karaoke Tunes in Quzhou
1) Ben - Michael Jackson (Hengel in falsetto)
2) Everything I Do (I Do It For You) - Bryan Adams (Morto)
3) Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John (Melon)
4) Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell (Hengel)
5) Some crazy Chinese power love ballad (Gonzo, a friend of our guide, Melon's friend Lovonne)

Posted by MOB 01:06 Archived in China Tagged backpacking Comments (3)

Some hot pics

As you'll note, the 25er makes his first appearance

overcast 24 °C

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Sunny, a cool local we met
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Laughing Corner, an appropriate title
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The man himself, billboards in HK are massive and awesome, we were pumped
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A HK 7-11 is not quite the Belgian Beer Garden but tastes sweet
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Buddhism, could be an option in a moment of spiritual weakness
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One of the best things we've ever eaten
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A market full of ripoff goods, watches for $3, awesome

Hope things are cool

Morto

Posted by MOB 03:10 Archived in Hong Kong Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Hong King Kong

What the hell are all these people doing

Wow, Hong Kong. As the first major asian destination for Morto and myself, Hong Kong is probably as westernised as we are gonna get. The train system rocks and is easy, but the ferry across the harbour is even better at about 25 AUD cents.

The first real day took us in search of a geniune Hong Kong dim sum/yum cha into the heart of Hong Kong central. We didn't find a reasonalby priced place (aka dirt cheap) so we went to Kowloon in search of "Sneaker Street" and the Temple Street market for some bargains/trash.

We got off the ferry at Tsim Sha Tsui, greeted to the chorus of "You want Rolex?", "You want suit?". Within the first 30 minutes in Kowloon we got 8 dudes asking if we wanted Rolex's and 5 guys asking if we wanted a suit. To be honest after about 5 guys, I really wanted a Rolex, bad. But that is what we wanted to find at the Temple Street market, cheap shit.

After finding "Ned Kelly's Last Stand, Restaurant and Jazz Bar" our stomachs were truly rumbling. We finally found what we were in search of YUM CHA! This place was great, the manager a legend, the food cheap and the beer cold. This feast set us up well for a hard night making rounds of the Temple Street market.

It took a while for the market to get going, but once it did the stalls were great. Some sections contained "Erotica", the nastiest, rudest sex toys you have ever seen. Other sections were watches (CK and Swiss) and crap shirts, leather goods and bracelets. For some reason way too many stalls were selling water squirting penis keyrings. I don't really understand how any market exists for these, or for the numerous veined dildos, but people seemed to be buying them.

We loved this market so much we came back the next day (today, we are in a net cafe above the market as I type this). But only after we found the elusive "Sneaker Street". Our trusty hostel manager showed us where this street was, in lonely planet "Fa Yeun St." but in his local Hong Kong map "Sporting Goods St.". This street contained non-stop shoe shops. Every single shop, except for a few were shoe shops. And not different shops selling different shoes. There were about 5 of the same shop and every shop was selling the same shit, all about 50% of the AUD price. But alas, my cursed feet, I asked a local shopkeep if he had a size 12 in stock (probably the smallest I could squeeze into), the guy nearly laughed in my face and said no. I asked if I could get them anywhere, to which he replied "In Hong Kong, No", shattering. Morto managed to find some shoes after about 2 laps of the street.

On our way home we stopped by the Temple street market, again. Where morton needed to by another discount shirt after the first one he bought turned out to be too small, but at $10 AUD ($60 HKD) they were a steal (but also a rip off considering we got Swiss watches, fitted, for $20 HKD, about $3.50 AUD).

Top 5 - Meals of the World
1. Pork Buns (China)
2. Peking Duck (China)
3. Enchiladas (Mexico)
4. Chicken Fan-Tastic (Hong Kong, the McDonalds McChicken, but served between two patties of rice)
5. Tower Burger Combo (RIP, Sydney Rd. KFC)

Pictures will be uploaded in the next few days

Posted by hengel 06:20 Archived in Hong Kong Tagged backpacking Comments (4)

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