Hotel Carolina Shanghai Xinhua
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... scanning in, different than the one in LA (my first and only other metro experience, in Dec 2013). Mark told me that the Chinese don't have personal space, like Americans, nor do they have courtesy like letting others out before you enter, so you really have to push your way through. Like a concert.
Our stop was under People's Square/Nanjing Lu. We walked up, and Alex and I just ...
... place; I couldn’t get anyone below half of the price they originally quoted, and one of the times when I was walking away wanting to pay 200 yuan they didn’t call me back to drop the 20 yuan of their final final offer of 220 yuan (down from 380). I THINK I walked away with at least two pieces of real silk, possibly three. The fourth piece of fabric is not silk, it’s still really lovely though!
It was strange for Emma to ...
... Transit days are hard!
After Nina’s performance last night, I decide to have her today without her brothers. We take care of logistics in the morning (train tickets, book hotels and tours) and walk around the city. Xi’an is the start of the silk road (so says the Chinese) and is guarded by tall and wide ramparts. I hire a tandem bike. Nina takes the back seat and we cycle part of the ramparts for 90 minutes. The ramparts are 14km long but we only do a small ...
... Boris Bike scheme too whilst you're at it Boris.. Checked into the hotel and quickly tested out the Octopus card in a Cafe de Coral (Dai Gar Lok). Sort of the Chinese equivalent of McDonalds but with an extensive menu complete with numbered pictures for easy ordering. And the food's better and cheaper than Chinatwon in London! Queue up, state a number, touch Octopus card (cash for traditional types) then take your paper receipt to the collection desk. Sic fan! ...
... to a beggar the other was the same glutinous mass but with a fruit paste in the middle and with sesame seeds and sugar on the outside. It was ok, but I am no longer curious about them.
I've just tried my luck in a restaurant nearby. I ordered the stir fried seasonal vegetables and got a plate of steamed bok choy, lucky I ordered pork ribs as well.
Just waiting for my green tea in a glass to be safe to pick up before heading for home through the neon lit ...