It was hard to leave Shanghai, but we need to stick to our plan and cover as much territory as possible.
We took the new MagLev train from Shanghai station to the airport. The equivalent of $7 will get you to the airport in 7 minutes!
The Shanghai airport had a lot of security and custom lines. You really do need a full 3 hours to get through everything if you are going to take an international flight. Some of the labels and misspellings in some places throughout the airport will humor you.
We flew to Hong Kong and many people ask me: Is it safe? Yes, it was safe. You can check out our experiences of 2 days around Hong Kong in this blog posting.
In the airport, they will not let anyone into the airport without detailed security check, proof that you have a flight itinerary that matches your passport, etc. Even if you try to take a taxi or Uber to an area that is near a protest, your driver will not take you there and they will warn you. It is very easy to avoid anything that (might) occur near you. Most of the protests are in the government building areas and not in tourist areas.
For the next two days we are staying at the Ritz Carlton which is in a great location. The downside is the lobby is at the 103 floor. It takes a lot of time to get up and down the building.
The positive is we got a deluxe suite upgrade for being Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite. Stay tuned for our detailed report tomorrow!