Wuhan you beauty..
Trip Start May 27, 2011
82Trip End Dec 31, 2011
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It took a bit longer than expected. At around ten to eight the bus pulled in and the driver directed us up a street.
We started jogging. Onto the main street we stumbled. Not sure where to go. Fortunately another person from the bus had come with us and pointed us up the hill in front of us.
We ran. We are unfit. The hill nearly killed us but there was the station and we ran in. The train still on the platform. We get to our carriage and collapse into our seats and the train pulls off from the station. Close one.
Its a four hour ride to Wuhan. I snooze for two, then sort out photos and write up some blogs to upload later.
We arrive at Wuhan hankou station and decide to alight here. Our ticket was to Wuhan station but that one was 7k outside the city and we needed to get to Wuchang station for later, which was in the city. There also happened to be a direct bus between Hankou and Wuchang. It made sense to get off here.
We had the day to see Wuhan and after dropping our big bags into left luggage and grabbing some food, we walked out into the city to explore.
We walked towards the Yellow crane tower. En route we grabbed some Chinese cakes, which are basically cookies and delicious. We stopped at some street vendors selling Tiger parts, an utter shame. Others selling tasers and knives. Essential Chinese self defence tools apparently.
We went by the tower after a few kilometres and headed down to the Yangzi to catch a ferry to the Hankou side of the city. Before we got there we stopped for a coffee. We have been trying to cut back on all the coffee we've been drinking, so it was a special treat. Macadamia and hazelnut latte for us. Delicious.
We ended up staying put for a few hours. They had wifi. Catching up with friends, sending mails, checking flights and sorting out some couchsurfing. The time flew us by. But we were content as the Hankou side is mostly modern shops and bars. The street we were on was a local affair with old style houses and shops. Much cosier.
Dan praised tbe clean toilets bar the fact they were squats. I eventually went to use the facilities and had to check the sink area for toilet paper. I pulled open a drawer to be greeted by a gigantic rat, that scurried out the back of the sink. So much for the hygiene of the place. But sure, don't they say you're never more than six feet from a rat in London. So we shouldn't judge too harshly.
Around six we decide to cross the river. We headed down to the water front and after taking some photos, just decide to head back and get dinner before catching the train. We walk up the street, stopping in shops and looking at trinkets, passing the near empty restaurants we saw.
And good thing too. At the top of the street, there was an alleyway, full of little restaurants selling food.
A gastronomic delight. We tried nearly everything. Anything new was pounced on. Crab rolls, oysters, clams, pork dumplings, beef and some other foods that we couldn't name.
We were stuffed. Better than any restaurant.
We walked back, with a beer in hand, to the station and grabbed snacks and water for the journey. At the station we picked up our last train ticket to Guangzhou, grabbed our bags and got on board the train. Early for a change.
We hopped into bed when the train got underway.