Hong Kong is
a part of China
Harry finds a local contact on the ground in China invaluable.
Before one talks of the Chinese mainland it would be remiss not to mention Hong Kong which is the usual gate for many arrivals. Hong Kong island is to me the equivalent of the upmarket side of London, excepting for the number of oriental persons passing by. Kowloon is just across the water by Star Ferry, a short cheap ride [and shades of Suzy Wong] lands you near the bottom of Nathan Road close to the Peninsular Hotel which is the epitome of everything that a Grand Hotel should be.
Kowloon is a real insight into an oriental trading port. Walk up Nathan Road take in the big stores as well as the family businesses that spill onto the roadway.
Finish up in the Wung Soo night market area and experience the bustle, the smells, the food, ordinary people going about a normal days trading and a strident though melodious language banter swimming around you. This is the peoples’ China. You really feel the difference when you see street signs such as this one!
English Explorer has an excellent Hong Kong contact in Candy Ling who is a consultant at China International Travel [CITS]. Candy not only knows her home city of Hong Kong very well but she is also a font of information about travel and connections across main land China where CITS have offices in every major centre. A link such as Candy to smooth your way makes travel for first time China visitors so much easier. English Explorer supplies not only Candy’s office and email contact information but also her mobile phone number so that you know that you can be in easy reach. It's this extra attention to detail that makes EEG stand out!