On the 2nd April I arrived in Hong Kong, where I will be doing some educational consulting and teaching for three weeks. I decided to bring the Deus to see what I might turn up. Rather than being caught out on the beach without an easy means to dig targets, I also arranged to purchase an Evolution Scoop to bring with me. This was complicated by my schedule, as I was in Poland until Saturday morning when I flew back to the UK, and I was due to fly out of Heathrow on Saturday afternoon. I contacted Crawfords Metal Detectors, and they couldn’t have been easier to work with: for a small courier surcharge, they arranged Saturday delivery in London prior to noon, so I was able to touch down in Blighty, put the scoop in my suitcase, and take off again for Hong Kong. I originally intended to get the round Evolution 360 scoop, but they were out of this model on the day, and they upgraded me for free to the next model, the Evolution Type R Pro Scoop:
When I landed in HK after a twelve hour flight, I felt rested enough (and worried enough about the busyness of my upcoming schedule) to try to get out on the beach at the next low tide. First I needed to find a handle for the scoop, but I didn’t anticipate this being a problem, since the Evolution line can take any sturdy 29mm broom or shovel handle. Unfortunately I didn’t reckon on the dearth of DIY shops in Hong Kong, particularly on a Sunday evening. I googled in vain and even wandered the streets of Wan Chai and Central for several hours, aimlessly searching for a hardware shop.
As I was about to give up, I passed a bar with a pile of rubbish on the pavement outside, jutting out from which were three round staves about the width of a broom handle. On the principle that this was rubbish and available for scavenging, I took the likeliest of the three and repurposed it as my scoop handle.
Low tide fell at almost 8 pm, so it was fully dark by the time the taxi conveyed me to Repulse Bay Beach on the south side of the island. I detected for about two hours using the Deus’s Dry Sand programme. I found a handful of HK clad coins, totalling about 10 HK dollars, or about 1 pound sterling. I also dug the expected pile of slaw and pull tabs. At one point the scoop handle broke — the wood didn’t accept the torque I put on it digging wet sand. Luckily I had a set of pliers with me, and I reattached the now slightly shorter handle and carried on detecting. I had about 20 pounds in taxi travel plus the cost of the scoop to offset, but the thrill of finding even a few clad in Hong Kong was not really quantifiable. I hope to get out again soon!