leaving china with mixed emotions passing through customs at shenzhen my bags are much heavier now than before from all of the gifts I have bought the sign says; Hong Kong Residents Only. my group proceeds and I ask, “shouldn’t we go that way?” “oh no, this is the correct way.” looking up and down at the customs gates all of them have signs which read, Hong Kong Residents Only. a chinese official tells us, we must turn around and go back because we’ve come the wrong way. when we finally arrive at Hong Kong Customs turning around the corner there is Maha Ghosananda his paperwork is done and his processing complete Maha Ghosananda has taught us all today only go straight and pay attention to the signs.
October 7, 1996 Hong Kong Customs