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Clemens
October 22nd, 2007, 07:35 AM
Hello again,

this time my conference venue is Nansha. Don't worry if this does not ring a bell for you. It is right in the middle of nowhere. To be more specific: You can reach it by taxi from Guangzhou airport in about one hour, by Shenzen airport in about 45 minutes or by high speed ferry from Hongkong Kowloon China Ferry Terminal in about 75 minutes. I chose the latter option, because one of the colleagues from another company has a younger brother in Hongkong’s parking lot business who chartered an impressive yacht for us (a group of a dozen delegates) for a trip to Lamma island on the week-end before the conference. No skating on the yacht ;-)

http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/yacht.jpg

I did some harbour promenade skating some years ago on another trip to Hongkong, so I decided to skip that and instead watch the impressive light show from the Kowloon side towards central Hongkong at 8 pm.

http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/LightShowHKG.JPG

When returning to the hotel I found out that almost the complete waterfront is under reconstruction to build a public recreational area (plus one or two skyscrapers to finance it, I guess). So harbour promenade skating would have not been possible, anyway. But in one or two years time when the construction is finished it could become a skater’s paradise. Here a photo of the ongoing works.

http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/WaterlineWorks.jpg


Back to Nansha:
In Nansha there seems to be not much more than the impressive ferry terminal.
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/NanshaFerryTerminal.jpg

Quite an overkill for 5 ferries of this type coming and going per day, imho.
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/HighSpeedFerry.jpg

The bridge in the background is a part of the Humen Bridge crossing the Pearl River. With a length of ca. 18 kms and a main span of 888m Humen Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in China and number 14 in the world (if I remember correctly, because I cannot access Wikipedia from here). Please have an almost full length view:
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/HumenBridge.jpg

Nansha is not (yet) a city, but a development zone with e.g. an IT park. For the moment there is not much more than the ferry terminal, the “Nansha Grand Hotel” next to it, where we have our conference, a mall with nothing in it except one bank
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/NanshaMall.jpg

and much area left for development
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/PanoramaNansha.jpg

This makes Nansha a great place to skate, because the streets are wide, in good shape and empty.
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/CleanStreet.jpg

But be aware: They might have a dead end…
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/DeadEnd.jpg

The fish ponds seem to have seen better times,
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/SlantingHutInFishPond.jpg

but there are still people in the business
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/FishPond.jpg

I had dreamt to skate on the Humen Bridge, but it’s an expressway with no line for bicycles or pedestrians. So I could only skate under the bridge
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/UnderHumenBridge.jpg

I quickly recovered from the disappointment and decided to head for the pagoda on the hill at the horizon.
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/PagodaAtHorizon.jpg

I passed some well-protected bananas
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/ProtectedBananas.jpg

which you could buy in a nearby village. You have to imagine some women squatting behind some vegetables and bananas on blankets on a sidewalk with lots of other people bargaining or meeting&talking. No picture, because when I took my camera out of my bag some of the women jumped to hide behind bushes, so I quickly put it away again and tried to show serious signs of respect and regret.

In front of the pagoda there was a nice garden where a newly-wed couple
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/PagodaGardenWithCouple.JPG

went for some wedding photos.
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/WeddingPhoto.jpg

I was lucky, because I reached the pagoda area 15 minutes before closing time. There was no way up to it on the steep side of the cliff. But from the other side you could climb up steep stairs to it and its top through a Buddhist temple area.
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/NanshaTemple.jpg

After 638 steps I reached the top level of the pagoda, enjoyed both a cold soft drink which I bought at one of the closing temple shops (may be strawberry?) and a hazy sunset view of all the Nansha area which I had skated.
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/PanoramaFromNanshaHillPagoda2.jpg

I almost fell of the pagoda when they suddenly started some incredibly loud fireworks on the ground floor of the temple area.
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/Fireworks.jpg

I brought an pair of trekking sandals with me in my backpack, so I did not need to skate the steps, even not downstairs, although my skates tried to pretend it on this picture.
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/SkatesOnStairs.jpg

I could not be angry about my two friends, so I did not reject their wish for a souvenir photo.
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/SkateAndGate.jpg

It quickly became dark, so I headed back to the hotel for a nice and healthy dinner with other delegates.
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/Seafood.jpg


The end
http://www.24skate.net/pics/skatelogforum/Nansha/ClemenskaterNansha.jpg

janneman
October 22nd, 2007, 01:01 PM
great pics, clemens! must be a good adventure too ! have a safe and fun trip!

ultrask8
October 22nd, 2007, 02:33 PM
Great story, Clemens! I have gone running many times along the waterfront in HK, but never skated it. I have skated in Shenzin and Dongguan tho... dicey is the word.

There is a nice road next to the expressway towards the airport, on the weekends (esp sunday) its good for skating (and cycling).

Have fun (and don't drink the tap water)

mvirtue
October 22nd, 2007, 03:46 PM
Clemens -- Thanks for sharing!

CrazyGambit
October 22nd, 2007, 11:27 PM
Great pics, and what a great time it must of been. Thanks for sharing.

Rods
October 23rd, 2007, 10:37 AM
Always nice pictures, Clemens. Thanks.

Rods

pastskater
October 31st, 2007, 01:41 PM
Beautiful Photos!
thank you so much:smile:

ncsk8rgirl
October 31st, 2007, 05:27 PM
wonderful photos.. don't you need an assistant on your next trip?:D