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Nan Hai Hotel.

This is one of the two oldest luxury hotels in Shenzhen and it remains as good as ever. We love the sloping architecture although we do occasionally shed a tear for the days when it was right on its own little beach.

It's right at the ferry so very convenient to Hong Kong Central and Hong Kong Airport, has its own Metro station just across the road, and is a pleasant 5-minute stroll to the eateries of Seaworld.

Website: http: //www. Nanhai-hotel. Com.

It is said that ‘they were clad in black, were hideously deformed, short in stature with long heads and the whole troop was horrible as they rode upon goats while brandishing hand lances'.

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Apparently the goat was the beast favoured by the devil himself. At first sight the cross would drive them away, but eventually the only protection was a ‘circumvallation of straws, signed with a cross and fixed in the sand around which the demons galloped until they tired themselves out'. Demonology was rife during the Dark Ages and it is more likely that these ghosts and hideous demons were just very poor humans scratching a meagre living around the shoreline. After Bartholomew died, the Convent of Durham made the Farne hermitage a proper permanent institution. Two monks called Magister and Socius were sent there and the hermitage was renamed the House of Farne. The house became wealthy and flourished, according to the records, with the monks exploiting the fishing and agricultural wealth around them. They collected and sold birds' eggs, grew crops, kept cattle, caught fish and hunted the plentiful supply of grey seals. The celys, as they were known in medieval times, attracted a good price: in 1371, six seals would bring in £l.7s.

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