As if to seal the vision in our minds, we saw high rise after high rise under construction and crane after crane, even in the "smaller" cities from Guangzhou to Hong Kong. Whenever I used to hear about China having over a billion people, and knowing that big sections of the country were uninhabitable, I wondered where they put everybody. I don't wonder anymore. They put people one floor on top of another. Some of the apartment buildings look nice, but we saw many, many buildings in which I'd think nobody would want to live.
Going through customs into Hong Kong was interesting. Definitely more intense than the Peace Bridge. The man on the Chinese side checked our paperwork and waved us past. At the Hong Kong gate, a masked woman opened the door to our van and aimed a gun at each of us and pulled the trigger. That it was an infrared tool to check our temperatures was a good thing, but still kind of creepy. We were shortly waved past as our passports and visas checked out okay, and we apparently weren't carrying any diseases.
The drive into Hong Kong was neat given the time of evening. The buildings around Victoria Harbor were starting to light up, and we wove through traffic to the Regal Kowloon Hotel. They're renovating this hotel floor by floor, and unless you can get a reservation for one of the updated rooms, we'd suggest finding another hotel. The noise from the hallway and adjacent rooms was not blocked out in the least, the network did not work for us as it was advertised, the drain in the shower gave us a shower/bath sensation, and the crib they gave us for Henry was a dangerous joke. The location was cool, but the room was not.
We passed a Subway on the way in, and that sounded like a good dinner to us, so after we got settled I asked the concierge how to get to Subway. He told me to walk out of the tunnel, make a right, and it would be about a five-minute walk. Dr. Indiana and I walked out of the tunnel and Subway was right in front of us. I think the concierge was giving me directions to the subway.
Going strong after 14 hours on a plane.
Stay tuned for our upcoming Adoption-Themed post of "Things You Need To Have In Order Before You Travel," or "Setting Your Expectations Appropriately." You prospective adopters will not want to miss that.