My sis is coming to Hong Kong

YAY, my sister Marion told me today that she is going to visit me in Hong Kong this July. It will be her first time in Hong Kong, even in Asia! How exciting! This will be a very fun time as we love going out together, clubbing, dancing, drinking and having fun. I miss my family and this will be a great chance to spend lots of time with my “little” sis. I will definitely write some posts about what we are doing while she is here. :-)

Familymy mum, me and my sis

Olympic Games tickets cheat

I love horses since I am a child, so I planned to watch the Olympic Equestrian Events. Luckily they show them here in Hong Kong and not in Beijing. A few days ago, I went to the official Ticket Seller website and saw that I can book the tickets online. I thought “Great!” and booked around 4x 2 tickets. I waited for a confirmation email, call or anything else but nothing happened. So today I called to their office and asked what’s going on. The woman laughed (!) at me and said: “Cannot book online. Only in branch. Many people call and are angry.” And she laughed again. This is not funny at all! Why the hell are they offering online booking when the tickets cannot be booked? So I asked if there are any tickets left, of course NOT :-( I am REALLY angry now! Such a crap service! The company’s name is China Travel Service. I recommend, never ever use them if you want reliable, good service.

Hong Kong Torch Relay

Today was the Olympic Torch Relay in Hong Kong. As i was warned in advance about it this time I decided to stay at home and watch the event from my balcony until the bridge is opened again. I live in Park Island which is a small island right next to the beautiful Tsing Ma Bridge. The torch relay was scheduled to take place on the bridge around noon. I shot a photo with my camera:

Tsing Ma Bridge

As the air pollution was really bad today (poor guys who had to run and breath in that air), I attach another photo with the view from our balcony on a nice unpolluted day:

Tsing Ma Bridge

Olympic Games getting on my nerves

This year’s Olympic Games are really starting to annoy me. First the stupid changes of the visas, then there is every few minutes a TV spot about the Olympics on TV, doesn’t matter if the ad is about food, credit cards, banks or any other industry. When you walk around Hong Kong you can see every few meters some advertisement on the walls. This was still bearable but today’s events changed my mind:

As usual, I planned to go to work in the morning. My husband just left half an hour ago and now it was my turn to get on the bus and drive to the office. In the elevator I recognized a letter mentioning something about “Olympig Games”, “torch relay“, “rehearsal” and “bus service cancelled”. As our elevator is quite quick, although I live on the 30th floor, I couldn’t really get the whole meaning and left the lobby. At the bus stop people were waiting for the buses as usual so I thought, nothing is wrong. But then the bus arrived and the bus driver said something in chinese. I could see that the people were confused and got on the bus. Then it was my turn and I asked, what’s going on? As usual, he couldn’t speak English and just said something like “no bus” and “ferry”. So I went on the bus and we drove back to the ferry pier on the island. There I had to wait around 15mins and I used the time to talk to a guy there to ask if there is any extra bus service from the ferry pier to the MTR (subway) station. He said “No”.

Now I was angry. First of all, they weren’t able to hang up this letter a few days in advance so that everyone could prepare for it, second they didnn’t prepare any extra busses. I decided to call the management office of our estate (Park Island) and ask what’s going on. I talked to 3 ladies, each claiming that they speak English (well the first one didn’t and gave up quickly, the other 2 were just below ok). I found out that there is a rehearsal of the torch relay for next week and they closed down the Tsing Ma bridge. I can’t believe it. People from the airport and anyone else wouldn’t be able to get to Hong Kong Island or Kowloon for hours. I tried to ask why the hell they didn’t hang up this stupid information in advance. I came home the day before at night and there was definitely no paper there. They claimed they hang it up. Yeah sure…..

Finally, I got on the ferry and there was a bus service from the ferry pier to Tsuen Wan MTR station. I still had to take the MTR back to Kwai Fong and I lost around 1.5 hours just because of that stupid torch relay. :-(

I can’t wait till the Olympic Games are over…

Visa problems

I planned to go to the Canton Fair in Guangzhou / China this coming weekend to look for new suppliers. Now, the Chinese government just changed the rules for foreigners visiting China.

The usual procedure is: you go to the border, fill out an application form at the visa office, wait around 10min and you have your visa (single entry). Even better, you can go to a special travel agent in Hong Kong and apply for a multiple-entry 1-year visa. I got that one before, just took 2-3 days and you can go to China as often as you wish.

As the Olympic games are approaching, the Chinese government gets more and more worried about bad publicity (for example the disaster in Tibet) and therefore secretly changed the rules. Even worse, they didn’t announce this news to the public. Hong Kong reporters called to the Beijing goverment department and asked what happened. They denied that anything changed. But the point is, you can’t get any multiple entry visas anymore. Only single and double entry and only in a very complicated way (embassy, etc.). Furthermore, many people confirmed, that they even couldn’t get a single-entry visa at the border or at the travel agent anymore! It was said, that the rules will change back after the Olympic Games are over.

Ok, if the Chinese goverment is doing such stupid ridiculous games with us foreigners, I won’t be going to the trade fair. I don’t want to risk to get stranded at the border and have to return without going to the trade fair. Luckily, for me it’s not such a big deal as I seldom go to China anyway, but I know of many people who do business by going to China a few times per week. Their financial income is on a great risk now and I have heard of some husbands who have to stay longterm in China now and can only come back once in a while to see their families. What a mess! These Olympic games are really starting to annoy me :-(

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