Cycling the wall was great fun! We decided to get a single bike and a tandem bike between the three of us and swapped about. Was rly funny trying to get the hang of the tandem, Vik and Rach had a bit of a wobbly start to say the least!ha the bike kept veering towards the left into the lantern displays (from the Lunar celebrations). It was a 14km ride and took us about an hour and a half! The seats weren't the comfiest tho and some of us had sore bums at the end of it all!
Afterwards we headed for some street food followed by a welldeserved coffee in Starbucks (and rest for Rach!)
In the evening we went with Lowri Lara and a lad we met Jonno to the Big Goose Pagoda to see a water display! Was amazing to see! Lights and music and dancing water fountains/springs! It was really busy in the square, with a good atmosphere. We decided to head back to the centre for a good old Italian!
Yesterday we visited the Terracotta Warriors, known as the eighth wonder of the world. We were all more impressed than we thought we would be despite the fact the biggest and supposedly best pit was closed for renevation. Lucy was sad to see some of the warriors and horses were broken as they looked so life like! It was nice to gtet out of the city and up into the mountaions for a bit. We all bought an icecream and had a little stroll through the park facing the mountains, it was a gorgeous day! It's been pretty warm last few days here.We decided to make our own way there rather than a tour through the hostel. It cost us just 50 rmb including buses ( 180-220 with the hostel depending on numbers). The bus on the way back was crazy though! The driver didn't seem to obey and road laws, though we're not actually sure there are any here!He was beeping the whole way, we think to warn people that he was a pyscho and wasn't going to stop for anyone including the oncoming traffic when he was on the other side of the road! The chinese passengers seemed unphased by it all while we were fearing for our lives, despite the fact they had young children with them!
In the evening we headed to the the crazy train station to book tickets to Shanghai. The young man in the hostel said if we went later in the evening it wouldn't be so busy. We think he lied! We went at about 10 to find queues of unruly people with lots of queue jumpers! The security guard constantly blowing his whistle wasn't enough to stop them!! We eventually booekd ourselves on a 20 hour sleeper leaving 2moro morning at 10 arriving sunday about 5-6 in the morning (we're not quite sure). We didn't manage to get abunk together as left it late and students are still travelling back to school/uni. However we are all in the same carriage thankfully! Think we might try and ask a chinese person to swap with us...not sure it'll work. Rach is not impressed about spending the whole of St Davids day on a train!!
Met a few more people last night at the hostel and had a few drinks before being thrown out at 1 so the staff could go to bed! Theres a few cute cats in the hostel who seem to like us! Bet they'll be sad tomorrow.
We've tried to upload photos on here but can't seem to, so we've added a few to facebook for those who are on that! We'll try again from Shanghai where the computers should be better!
Lots of love