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The Hotels

The tour organisers had managed to locate hotels of a high standard not quite four star and some better than others but they were generally in less desirable areas.  This was of little concern when we were up and out by 8:30 most mornings but from time to time we felt that we were not seeing the best of some of the places visited.

This was particularly the case later in Hong Kong when the excellent hotel, the best of the organised trip, was well out and away from public transport.

Against this, the very best hotel of the trip, with a full five stars and right on the metro, was the InterContinental Shenzhen China, that we found for ourselves.

 

 

 

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