November 12 – Day 2

12 11 2011

Today’s photos can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157628114496110/

We woke up at a reasonable 0730 and got showered and ready to go.  Shortly after that we got a phone call that Allen and Carmen would be coming by to pick us up to help us do our running around!  Yeah!  Easier than zipping around on transit.

They came by at 1000, which gave me time to get some photos uploaded and make sure our gear was all ready to go.  We headed down to Tsim Tsa Tsui to take our problem 17-55 lens to the Canon repair shop.  Nice to have the repair depot in your town!  It costs $100HKD to get an estimate and then it will be about 10 days to fix.  Sweet.  We also headed down the the canon showcase room where they had all the canon products on display and you could check them out… from the 1DS MkIV to the 600F/4… SWEET.

While we were in the repair depot, Allen was kind enough to head to the bus station.  He picked up our bus tickets to get us to Huadu on Monday.  Everyone is so helpful!

We met up with Color and Raymond and stopped at a small restaurant serving Shanghai style food.  We had some dumplings and some chow mein before we headed out to Yuen Long.

Yuen Long is on the edge of Shenzen Bay, in the New Territories.  There are a few canals and quite a bit of marshland.  It attracts many different egrets and shorebirds as well as ducks. 

Black winged Stilt

Egret (Greater?)

Grey Heron

You know that if it’s going to attract birds that it also definitely attracted bird photographers.  Wow.. the 600mm and 500mm lenses.  Yikes.

We wandered around the area for a while and took some shots of the birds and the landscape.  We stopped in at a little restaurant and had a drink.  They had fish hanging to sun dry… resulting in a couple of cool photos.  The area was very interesting.

Muk Muk and Duck Duck in Yuen Long

Apparently we were VERY close to Maggie and Francis’ place, so after some crazy driving around we found their home.  All 6 of us just popped in!  They were great hosts and had their photo album from their Nepal trek. I’d like to do something like that for our Africa pics one day…  Mrs D. had developed a headache, so slept for about 2 hours while we all chatted.  It came time to wake Mrs D up though, and head out for dinner.

For dinner, we all went out to some place called 流浮山 Lau Fau Shan.  I have no idea of it’s actual English name.  The area is apparently a crazy busy wholesale fish market in the early mornings and there are a few restaurants serving excellent seafood.  We were there for the seafood.  We had Lai Liu Ha (self peeing shrimp)  – they are like little lobsters!  Huge, with delicious meat.

 

Also on the menu were big Scallops and a Garoupa that turned into a couple of dishes.  All in all very tasty.  Unfortunately Mrs D’s headache had stayed with her so she crawled out to the car to rest.  We all wrapped up dinner and headed home.

View over Shenzen Bay from Lau Fau Shan

It was an interesting day of visiting and exploring.  The headache put a damper on it a bit though.  Hopefully  Mrs D will feel better on Sunday.

See you all later!

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