I spent the new year holiday seeing the sights in Guangdong and Hong Kong. Probably the most interesting sights came from the 2-hour train ride from Guangzhou to Kowloon.
The cross-border terminal at Guangzhou East Station, used exclusively by the through service to Kowloon. The other option when navigating this corridor is to take a newer high-speed train from Guangzhou Station to Shenzhen, walk across the border and take the Hong Kong metro into the city center. The difference is really a wash in this traveler’s opinion, and depends largely on whether you want to see central Shenzhen (you won’t be missing much if you skip it).
Guangdong seems to be full of railway construction workers who don’t actually construct anything. I give the working fifty percent full credit, but the others need to hop to it if they don’t want to get beaten out by Vietnam.
Highly general flame-baiting conclusions: My opinions about China haven’t changed much since Shanghai two Novembers ago. As for Hong Kong (which I personally do not consider to be part of China; it’s in its own little world), it’s a cultural and sensory blast, has a legitimate claim to be Asia’s premier “world city,” and I would probably move there if I intended to remain single forever. It’s something like a miniaturized and internationalized version of Tokyo with better topography and more boats.