Miramar Hotel Hong Kong
The are roads (like this one to Hong Kong) you do not want to cycle again. However, telling a story about that road is great to tell. Reaching Hong Kong was such a road. And honestly, I will never do that again. It was crazy.Guangzhou will never be my favorite Chinese city. In fact, apart of Shamian Island in the middle of the city there's little that makes you stay longer. Unless you love spending money in shopping. And yes, there are a few good bookstores too.
I had come from Yangshuo through the upgraded road to Guangzhou because I had to get a new Chinese visa. The easiest way to do that was of course to take the bus from Yangshuo but I preferred to cycle.
I calculated it would take about 5 or 6 days to Hong Kong. It was indeed 4 days to Guangzhou, were I took some rest. Now I was at the point of going to Hong Kong. Little did I know about the road I had to cycle.
Early in the morning I left Guangzhou. It took ages before I finally came in areas where it seemed I had left the city. It was still urban areas but at least I seemed to have left the city center behind. That was 50 km already on the way.
My goal was to stay in Dong Guan which is only 88 km from Shenzhen. This I expected to cycle in an easy day to Kowloon. How different it would be. The rain of the last days had made me no happier. In Dong Guan I found a quite lousy hotel for an exorbitant price. But I didn't want to search much. After all, I had to hurry up, my visa was ending.
In the morning I left Dong Guan. The road was big and busy. Hours in the rain on a busy road where everybody seemed to go wherever they wanted without looking if that was possible was not my kind of fun of cycling.
Later that day the rain stopped. I was reasonable quick in the vicinity of Shenzhen. Most of the road in between Guangzhou and Shenzhen had been urban areas. I found it hard to believe people would enjoy to live in this kind of urban jungles.
But I had not seen anything yet as it would turn around. My first problem was to find the border. That doesn't seem difficult as Shenzhen is the border city with Hong Kong. However, the road signs do not mention Hong Kong or Lo Wu, even though the signs are in English.
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