So, this past weekend, we went to Hong Kong again as the wife has a follow-up with the doctor to get her cast removed. I posted earlier about the brand new Madera Hotel and for the incredible rate that I got, we were very happy with the room. It is for sure a 4 star and the rooms are super nice and modern/contemporary. We also liked the Jordan location as it’s a short ride from the Hung Hom train station and also convenient to TST. Jordan itself has tons of restaurants too and has a more of a melting pot local feel. Another plus, the train station is much smaller, so you don’t feel like you need to walk a million steps to get to the train or get out to an exit.
Anyways, the doctor’s visit was great and the wife had a PT session the following morning. It was raining like cats and dogs all day Friday, but Saturday was mostly nice. We shopped a bit and walked around TST and Jordan. We ate a lot of good food but as always, forgot to take pictures at most of the places. The pics posted were from a Taiwanese Beef Noodle restaurant and then a Dim Dim Sum Specialty Restaurant. The dim sum specialty place (Sunday morning) was really tasty and cheap compared to the Maxim’s City Hall Restaurant - which is fancy, but also super delicious. We went there on Saturday morning after PT as the wife often went with her family when she lived there.
Now, the funny or the not so funny part of the story if it actually happened was that we almost did not make it back to GZ on Sunday!!!! We checked out of the hotel at a little past Noon as we planned to take the 1:10 PM train back to GZ. Never has a problem with going to the train station and then purchasing a ticket for the next train…. until of course this time. We got there and went to the ticketing office only to see a sign that said “All tickets for through trains for today are sold out”. Seriously?!!?!?!?!?!?! I mean, there are like 8-10 trains daily to GZ and we are only half way through the day and they are all sold out????
We were then trying to figure out what to do??? Stay an extra night, but the wife really needed to get back for work meetings… so maybe take the local train to Shenzhen, cross the border, and then try out luck getting a train from there to GZ???
It was at this moment that we saw the big travel agency right near the ticketing office. We went there asking if they had train tickets for sale, and the first time, they said… “nope, all sold out”. We were bummed out and then walked around a bit for 5 minutes trying to decide further on what to do… That’s when I noticed another little crowd by the same travel agency…
We walked back there and I saw people throwing money down on the counter and walking away with little tickets… looked just like train tickets!!!! We then asked again, and this time a different guy asked how many? We said 2. He said, can you leave soon? We said, yes! He took my money and came back with 2 tickets for the 2:47 train and said… “Don’t be late!”.
We did not bother asking them how they got the stack of tickets they were reselling??? We totally wondered what da heck is going on and what the travel agency is doing as they did not even charge a surcharge for the train tickets over the regular ticket office…. We just were so happy that we got tickets and tripled check the tickets to make sure they were legit!
My guess is that they bought out a ton of tickets for the day for tour groups and also a big convention in GZ. They must have had a cancellation and therefore had extra tickets to resell. Weird stuff, but whatever!