18th was dull but much warmer than it had been since we landed in Hong Kong. After topping up our cash reserves we went to find the Bright Filial Piety temple, doing a loop of the whole block (and a quick tour of a small covered market) before finding the entrance. There was nobody in the ticket booth so we had to put money in the donation box – and because it was the donation box, we were given incense sticks it return. It was a nice temple and very popular with local people.
After a late lunch at Pizza Hut (baked rice and meatballs for me, salmon and asparagus pasta for Mr V), we had a quick snooze before heading out again at 17:40. The metro was much more crowded than on Wednesday. We managed to find the right bus and get off at the right place, across the road from an amusement park car park with a row of shop/bar/restaurants. We found Dave and a few of his teacher colleagues at table outside last one, and spent a pleasant few hours drinking beer and chatting. It was a cheap place – 2 beers and a bottle of iced tea came to only ¥20. A couple of the teachers got really drunk, but that didn’t stop one of them from getting on her scooter to ride home. Another guy spoke good Chinese – well enough to be able to arrange to leave his motorbike locked up in the restaurant overnight.
The last bus back to Tonghe left at 22:00, and the metro home was surprisingly crowded – Guangzhou metro should perhaps run trains later on a Friday night!