We’ve made it to Shanghai now but first off I will talk about the hoo-raah of trying to leave Xi’an….
Sat in the hostel waiting to leave was awesome we were watching ‘con-air’ and the chef was sitting about 12ft approx haha from us, asleep, sitting up, dribbling, I cant begin to describe to you the joy of watching an obese Chinese man dribbling in his chair, deffinetly one of the highlights so far jack says. We left the hostel with an hour to get to the train station which was like happy landings to the bush pub in knowle, but it was changing time for the taxi drivers so we couldn’t get a taxi anywhere and we were both becoming increasingly annoyed, the busses were an option until we saw an old Chinese lady being sick out of one busses window!
We had fifteen or so minutes to get there and the only option left to us was a ‘nut-nut’, we dubbed them ‘nut nuts’ due to them driving their put puts on the pavement at high speed and sounding there horn at pedestrians as if to say, “what are you doing walking happily along the pavement? MOVE?!”…
We jumped into the nearest nut nuts carriage and talked money, I say talked, he shouted ‘bing-po-bang” at us and we simply said ‘yes!’…mistake…we hurtled off in the most un-safe carriage a man could make, narrowly avoiding an oncoming bus, we mounted the curb and sped off toward the station hanging on for dear life.
We got there eventually, and on time, rushing through check in and climbing on board, however it turned out we were sharing this time with two other Chinese men, the night sleep as you can imagine was far from pleasant, the mens snoring was like someone was building a new motorway in room 6!
Arriving in Shanghai was much better then arriving in Xi’an, not so many staring Chinese and more open air to breathe.
Our hostel is nice and what we’ve seen of the Shanghai skyline so far has been great. But its still no different from Beijing or Xi’an still extremely busy, hot and loud…despite the noise of horns virtually every second nobody gets angry here, jack says it’s to do with there culture, it weird how people don’t use there indicator and don’t care which side of the road they are on, and when a car cuts them up they beep, constantly for 3 minutes but they show no aggression what so ever.
Were not sure what we doing yet, staying in shanghai ofor a few more days of getting the ferry as planned but im sure you’ll know when I next write J
Tom & Jack x x x