Trip Start Mar 13, 2007
13Trip End May 08, 2007
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We really liked staying in this city - it made a pleasant and refreshing change from Guangzhou. We met some Chinese people whilst waiting for our sleeper train who were keen to talk to us - they told us Guangzhou is business-orientated and nothing more, which I would agree with! We were lucky to have met our new 'friends' - they were very keen to talk to us and helped us out when our train was delayed, which was only displayed as delayed in Chinese characters! On getting off the train we also got help from a guy travelling to Cambodia via Xiamen and Bangkok - he was a Shanghai student and gave up some of his time to asking for directions to our hostel in Mandarin. Very nice of him. Yesterday we were stopped to have our photo taken by a random Chinese couple, which made us feel famous, haha. We have stocked up on provisions for our sleeper train to Hangzhou (including milk and peanut protein drinks - seem to be a very popular choice here), which hopefully will be as easy an experience as getting the train from Guangzhou - it was far easier than we expected and had an excellent waiting area with the train times and numbers in English.
Weird Chinese fact for this part of the trip: you can buy toothpaste in both honey and green tea flavour. Yeuch.