Bicyle Bicycle, you are my bicycle.
Trip Start Mar 27, 2012
34Trip End Ongoing
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What I did
One of the main things we had been looking forward to doing was biking the city walls, which (we've been told, and read about) is a great idea. Seven of us got up early and made for the east gate in the city, just about 30 minutes walk from the hostel.
To get through the gates, we had to pay the equivalent of about $6 (its 4 pounds, but there are no pound signs when typing!) and then it was an extra $6 for the bike hire. The day itself would best be described as bleak, but that might be because of the pollution. We were soon finding out that when it rains here, it doesn't rain water, it rains mud. That being said, it was a great experience. Maybe it's because I don't use a bike often enough, but there was something just really pleasant about the whole thing
After the walls, we separated, and heading to the train station in order to buy our tickets to Shanghai. Here comes the stressful part. We're still getting to grips with the enormous amount of people that seem to be everywhere in China. Granted yes, we've only been here a week, but the impression that you get is that it can be crowded everywhere you go. Buying a ticket wasn't quite an ordeal, but it wasn't as simple as we had hoped. The day we wanted to leave wasn't available, so we've had to stay an extra night in Xi'an. On top of that we've had to book soft sleepers. Fancy yes, affordable no; they're double the price of what we paid to get to Xi'an in the first place. It wouldn't be so bad, but at the start of big trip, we're trying to budget well, and this wasn't helping. It's not necessarily a bad thing that we've had to stay here an extra day, there are worse places to be after all. Xi'an's a lovely city. From what we've seen in the past few days, it's full of character and there is always things happening wherever you go.
We met up with Alfie, Sam, Dom, Cherri and Caroline at the Wild Goose Pagoda in the early afternoon
Next stop is Shanghai, or is it called 'the Paris of the East'? I'm not sure. Regardless, we're off there tomorrow at 17.00 our time here, and we'll make it to Shanghai the following morning. The next update won't be until we've got an idea of what everything's like over there.