Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
169Trip End ??? ??, 2007
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While out in the carriage corridor, I was asked by some Mongolian women what my nationality was. Impressed to have Englishmen on board we were invited in to their cabin along with the Swedish girls to play cards! About 10 people were soon crammed in to the cabin. They didn't speak much English and we certainly didn't speak Mongolian! The first game was impossible to understand so that was ditched for a far simpler second game. We were all dealt four cards and had to keep passing one card left until someone had all four cards matching
The card game broke up as we caught our first glimpse of the Great Wall. I'd seen photos from the train window taken by other travellers and recognised the area. I didn't get too excited by the wall as we we're planning to do a trip later in the week so I will get a good look at it then.
We pulled into Beijing Station at 3pm and walked to our hostel. The hostel is in a "hutong" area - small streets where cars can't really go, they're lively places full of people and their daily hustle and bustle. We checked our emails and Malin had met up with the Welsh guys and was inviting us to their place for drinks. We ate some street food - I had a vegetable wrap for 3 Yuan - 20p which was really good. Street food is everywhere in the hutongs, it's fried up in temporary carts and is popular with locals and travellers alike. We found the girl's hostel and had a good reunion drink. At 1am we made our way back after agreeing to meet up at noon next day to go around Ti'anenmen Square.