Have you heard of Tsingtao?
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Where I stayed
City Centre Youth Hostel Shanghai
On the way back to the hostel we found a shop which looked like it may sell memory cards so went in and tried to explain in our own style (lots of hand gestures and loud talking - in Chinglish (Combination of Chinese and English) what we wanted
Back at the hostel Rorie and Emer were up and having breakfast so we had a quick chat about memory cards and how much they should cost, Rorie guessed at about 30 quid, christ, no wonder they wanted us out, we wouldn't budge above 5 pounds (that was the Beijing price somehow). We all headed to another electronics area on the subway, we got chatting to a Chinese girl who spoke really good English, she worked for Tsingtao the beer company and asked us if we knew it, before any of us could say anything she pointed to Andrew and just said "you'll know it". How true! After a bit of weighing up we got the memory card for 7 pounds so Andrew didn't feel too bad about not buying it in Beijing. Then we went to the Shanghai Museum, China's most comprehensive museum, which was free to get in and kept us entertained for a couple of hours. Feeling a bit hungry and in need of a sit down, this traveling does get tiring you know, we cheekily headed for lunch at Pizza Hut on Nanjing Road and on the way were accosted by an English guy from the 'Big Bus Tour Company' trying to get us to do his tour
Pizza Hut was a lovely treat and we vowed not to have any tea to keep in budget. We got to the bus queue and got in line, we got chatting to one of the guys who was handing out flyers who then disappeared. He reappeared after a couple of minutes saying that the boss wanted to see us at the front of the queue. We were allowed to get on first and felt a bit bad for all the people who had been queuing in front of us, but we wanted the good seats. The bus trip was great, especially for free and the commentary was really interesting. When it got to the part where it said that nail biting in public was seen to be disgusting I quickly took my fingers out of my mouth.
We stopped off at the supermarket on the way home, to stock up on beer and a mixer for the rice wine that we had left. No tea for us tonight as we are over budget again, I will refrain from using the word 'smashed' for Vic's sake. We spent the night chatting and listening to the I-pod sat in the room on the bunk beds with our paper cups full of rice wine and coke feeling 14 again, only then it would have been a ghetto blaster.
ANDREW EDIT - To be fair the woman kept on saying Tsingtao but as no-one else except me can speak Chinglish they were all staring blankly at the lady so I said "Yes Tsing Tao" then she said "Ahh you know Tsing Tao pointing at me" not that that did anything to stop these idiots I'm travelling with from making a few fat jokes.