Fill The Gap….

Alright Alright, I know its been a looooong time since my last post but internet access has been sparse. I have finally gotten back into a schedule, after traveling for the last 2 months. This blog post is an insight to the beginning part of my trip in Hong Kong and Macau over Christmas and New Years.

My traveling began around Christmas time, when my brother Kevin, came to visit. He was on college winter break, he arrived at one of the craziest times in China, Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve traditions are insane in China, they buy inflatable bats and once the clock strikes midnight they beat each other with them. Here is a little taste for ya.

Our adventures together in Chongqing came to end on the 26th and we headed to Guangzhou, China. Guangzhou was incredibly nice and clean, yet there was not much to do as a tourist. Luckily we were only there for a day. The city was very relaxed yet large, our hostel was nice yet might as well have been sleeping outside. It was beyond freezing in our room, I hardly got any sleep because of the temp. Guangzhou was our entry city to Hong Kong. We just relaxed and got some AMAZING massages, although Kevin wouldnt say the same, he didnt like the massage.

The next day we took the speed train into Hong Kong. Our residence for the next week was Chungking Mansions, quite the interesting assortment of hostels. It was beyond sketchy when we arrived, if you didnt know any better you would think we were in India. Although, Chungking Mansions are hostels stacked on top of each other, it has one of the best locations in the city. Nathan Rd. is where I think its all at in Hong Kong, right next to the subway and in the middle of the “scene”.

Now on to what we did in our days in Hong Kong. Some of the sights….we saw Ladies Market, Temple Street Market, Tian Tan Buddha, Ngong Ping, Macau and Victorias Peak. We kept busy every day Ladies Market and Temple Street Market are great places to get the replica stuff, among some of the things we purchased were Beats head phones, artwork, clothing, and jerseys.

Tian Tan Buddha in Ngong Ping is a whole day event, it was pretty cool, I believe it is one of the largest buddha’s in the world. Also on the top 100 things to see in life. You basically wait in line for half the day, and take a cable car ride to the village of Ngong Ping. Then its a cute little quaint village in where the buddha and the village are the sites to see.

Victorias Peak was about a half a day event but could easily spend a day at the top of the peak, in shops and restaurants. We were lucky and got to top just before sun went down, so we were able to  see all of Hong Kong in the day and night was a beautiful sight. We ate at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Factory, was also amazing to have an American meal in the last 6 months.

We were also able to take a day trip to Macau or what some people like to call “the Vegas of the East”. I quite honestly wasnt all that impressed with Macau, but Im also not into the history sights. Macau is full of history and few casinos. The casinos are casinos but not nearly as extravagant and full of show as the ones in Vegas. We wanted to skydiving off the Macau Tower, the highest bungy jump in the world, but expenses didnt allow for that luxury. Not only is it the highest but also one of the most expensive.

Obviously, being in Hong Kong for a week we came across the New Year. We decided to get a river cruise boat for the night, through dragon pearl cruises. Kevin unfortunately ended up feeling sick and spent New Years in our hostel, and I stayed on the boat to not fully waste all the money we spent for tickets. It was officially the worst New Years Ive ever had, New Years is not a holiday to spend alone I for sure found that out. The fireworks on the harbor were beautiful though, not as big of a show as I had expected but definitely worth the boat ride.

Here are some photos from Kevin and I’s trip.

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Lastly, we went to see a fortune teller in Temple Street Market. I have gone to many fortune tellers in the past none have seemed to be true, telling all “fortunes” that are vague yet you can connect to yourself in some way. This one was different, he knew remotely everything about me from my age, to what I did for a living, events that took place in my past it was beyond creepy. He had done the same for Kevin. Overall I was amazed by his accuracy. Here is what he shared with me in a brief summary.

I’m very friendly which introduces me to lots of people and things in my life. I will be very successful in my future career, will be in my job for a long time. I will be able to make much impact and get a great promotion, because I will love what I do. I do not like change therefore will be hard to compromise job security or other important parts of my life. I will get married around the age of 30 because I am not very open minded and need to have security in my own life financially and job wise before I can open up to anyone else. There will be many opportunities for me to meet someone in the coming years, but I am too afraid of commitment and over evaluate all relationships. Family and friends are extremely important to me, my mother is someone I always think about and always will, eventually my husband and children will hold the same value to me. I am a home body and love being surrounded by those I know and love. I should be studying still as I have a lot to grow and will make me very rich, studying is an important part of my life, as one day I will be helping others study. I’m very mature for my age and possibly too independent in which has made me strong headed. My health is ok but I’m either a heavy smoker or need to exercise more. I have very very good fortune, and will be very wealthy some day and live a prosperous life.

Stay tuned for more insight on the rest of my adventures

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About Danielle White

My name is Danielle White from Bettendorf, IA. I graduated from Drake University in Des Moines with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I recently returned from teaching Journalism, Advertising, and Broadcasting classes at Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing, China from June 2011-July 2012 I am currently doing freelance work in social media management and dabbling in website construction.
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