Chimelong Hotel and Water Resort
During the second week of July, my host family and I went on a short two day trip to Zhuhai. Everyone, except the dad who was busy with work, boarded a ferry from Shekou Port to Zhuhai (45min trip). My host mum pointed out how even though I couldn't go to Hong Kong I could still see it from her apartment balcony, and that now even though I can't go to Macau, I'll be able to see it from Zhuhai. 😂
Ayi in the lobby, ferry to Zhuhai, views from the hotel
Right now as I'm writing this the trip was a bit far back so I apologise for my vague memories. One difference I have noticed is that here in China the hotels tend to be more extravagant than those in Australia. When we were there it was crowded with a lot of people, the hotel had various facilities from their own indoor and outdoor waterpark, fake beach, and aquarium.
Breakfast buffet, water resort park and more views from the hotel
After spending an afternoon in the hotels waterpark and enjoying a nice dinner that showcased the cuisine from Zhuhai, we left the next day. We didn't immediately go home instead we had breakfast at the buffet downstairs. Side note, I love these buffets it's always a chance for me to have a non-chinese breakfast. Whilst I do enjoy Chinese cuisine I sometimes get a little tired of the same oil soaked vegetables and plain buns. So this particular morning for breakfast I had a slice of baguette with feta cheese, some fruit and oatmeal porridge. We then went to an aquatic amusement park that was located about ten minutes away from the hotel. Since we had to catch the ferry in the afternoon we didn't have the time to explore the whole park, and because my host kid is two years old that also meant we couldn't really go on any rides. We walked around for a bit, went to see a seal show, had lunch and then went home.
In a karaoke booth with Terrance and a view of the incoming storm with India
Wechat dominates and overrides any other form of payment. You could find yourself in a dingy back alleyway buying durian off a street seller and still be able use your smartphone to pay. However not everyone has gotten the hand of it as demonstrated by my host grandmother when she thought she could pay for karaoke with cash. In some instances the only way to pay is using wechat, however since she didn't know how to and I don't have a Chinese bank account (you need one to use wechat pay) my host brother and I ended up just singing by ourselves. It was also during this time that I spent most of my free time with India, she lived about a 20min bike ride away and we had similar schedules. This we both took this opportunity to meet up and spend time away from our host families.
Luhan's position when we walked right past him; India with her photography skills at Wutong mountain
On one of the many days that I would spend with India, we got lost around the Shekou area. That day started off pretty badly we met up in an area that supposedly had various independent stores only to have to actually bike in the blazing heat for about an hour looking for that said area. We decided to head back to our usual spot, HongKong drinking, to get a really refreshing, and more importantly cheap, drink. Right before we were about to head to the metro, India pointed out that there was a growing crowd and that we should check it out. Since we were foreigners none of the security guards said anything to us when we walked through their set. (It took up the whole road, so people were still allowed to pass). Anyway we were trying to figure out who was this famous person everyone was here for. Turns out it was Luhan (a huge celebrity in china among the younger demographics) and we had just walked straight past him.
On another day off India and I took the opportunity to visit wutong mountain. It. Was. So. Tiring. At one point I just laid on the middle of the road and slept for about a minute. However it was still a good day we splurged on food afterwards got some drinks and then went home.