Super 8 Chongqing Shiqiaopu
Travel Blogs from Chongqing
We left Xian around 9.45pm and took our first overnight Chinese train to Chongquing arriving at 8.30am. During times it seemed a rocky and violent ride but it was pleasant enough to get some rest and certainly a one up from the Indian overnight trains. We shared a 4 birth room with a young Chinese fella who kept Jon up all night with his snoring but lucky for me I slept relatively well thanks to my ear plugs! We had a one night stop over in the green view hostel in Chongquing ...
... we couldn't face going out again. Despite the various veggie options in the menu, we were told we could only order from the specials board which, surprise surprise, didn't have any veggie food. So, Mr H had a curry whilst I nursed a cup of Twinnings and mused about how much China is like India:
1. It is dirty;
2. People spit everywhere (although in China, they also blow snot out of their noses onto the street - nice!); and
3. Everyone is more concerned with ...
To our surprise, He Wu had added his own impression: “In China we all seem to know exactly what we want. In Europe the people seem to be rather confused. But when you take a closer look, their way is not straight but they all have a hidden aim that’s not so obvious. As to us, here in China: what do we really want? Where do we go? We are not as sure as we seem on a first glance.”
The lesson was supposed ...
... they were going to show us was a ghost town! A part of Chongqing, that had been planned, but never populated in the least as it was supposed to.
We were surprised and quite happy to have ended up here rather than in a conventional museum.
A German newspaper-article about Chinese ghost towns was published the same day:
http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/i mmobilien/immobilienblase-in-china-die- deutsche-geisterstadt-12731472.html
... fans without a propellor.
Trains that look like airoplanes (klappbare Rückenlehne, wenig Platz, Stewardessen, die Essen und Mülleimer durch den Ganz schieben, Klapptisch in der Vorderlehne)
Railway stations that look like airports (big halls with more or lesse modern architecture, security checks, waiting halls that are numbered differently than the ...