Finance stuff

The engineer in me did a quick spreadsheet on our costs of the journey today.  I excluded all the Hong Kong expenses, because they consist mostly of non-essential shopping and are misleading.

Bottom line: 9000 CHF for two people

That includes all transportation (incl. flight to/from Zürich), hotels, food, souvenirs, site entrance fees, etc. in India and China.  Major breakdown:

  • Flight Zürich – Delhi – HKG – Zürich 2200CHF
  • Flight HKG – China – HKG 1000 CHF
  • India travel costs 1100 CHF (3 weeks)
  • China travel costs 4600 CHF (6 weeks)

That means we are spending about 500 CHF / week / person (including everything).  For comparison, I have read that thrift travelers can live on about 200CHF / week.  But, on the other hand, there is this:

Two nights at this fly joint = our whole budget

Two nights at this fly joint = our whole budget

So, I guess we did not do so bad.

Home

We made it back home safely, though we have been suffering from something like a flu the past two days. Updates with pictures are coming soon.

Macau 馬交

It must have been 30 years since I last visited Macau, and I remembered very little of it.  The casinos have definitely multiplied and gotten tackier because of the Chinese tourists.  But outside of the gambling halls, Macau is an authentic, nostalgic and photogenic city (too bad I left my big camera in HK).  And the egg tarts are amazing :mrgreen:

At the end of the day, we won a whopping $80HKD from the casino 🙌🙌🙌

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Ruins of St. Paul 大三吧

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Nom nom egg tarts

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Street

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Church

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More nom nom

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Mandarin's house

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Restored interior

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Old buildings

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Casinos

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Inside of the Venetian, aka kitsch central

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Gondola inside mall

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Casino

Mother-in-law

It is the first time ever that my mother-in-law has visited an Asian country.  Here are some highlights from the past few days.

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Arrival HKG

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Food is a highlight in Hong Kong

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Tea shop

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Hong Kong park

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Botanical garden

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Tram ride

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Afternoon tea

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A good place for milk tea

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Visiting the peak

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Night skyline

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After a swim at Lamma Island

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Ap Lei Chau market

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Dragon boat race 端午節

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Seafood restaurant@ Lau fo shan 流浮山

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Family

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Good oyster sauce

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錦田水尾村

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昂平 Ngon Ping

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大澳 Tai O

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T1 typhoon warning

HK updates

It is great to be in HK again, where the food is delicious.  We visited Cheng Chau on one day-trip, which is another popular island in Hong Kong.

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Cheng Chau guest 長州賓客

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Grandma made some festive food 糭

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Nom nom

On another day we visited Ocean Park, where I have not been for 30years.  We had fun on the amusement rides and enjoyed seeing the animals.  They have stepped up to compete with Disneyland.

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Good location

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Environment (green) themed marine show

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Rollercoaster etc.

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Getting wet to cool down

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We also spent some time on the beach.

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Typical Chinese beach tourists

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Zzzz

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Willy