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... on bus No 300 to the North Train Station.
We wrote in an earlier blog China was challenging and this short sharp rant is to get the moan off M's chest so we don't spoil the Pandas tomorrow.
Basically, there were at least a dozen hotels within a kilometer of the train station, and we walked to 6 of them over a 2 hour period carrying our heavy bergens. Annoyingly, non would let us stay, some just lied and said they were full, ...
... bottles...sometimes we get a bottle each, sometimes just a glass. We are like pigs being led to the trough! We were only here a few hours, but this city is huge! Our guide, Jerry, said 33 million people! I would call it a city of cranes. Boston has nothing on this place. He also said that this has happened in the last 10 years. Imagine, just 30 years ago, under Chairman Mao, they were all dressed alike with the long ponytail. Truly an amazing feat in such a ...
... sure people get the best service possible.
o The other morning Janice and I went into the grocery store only to be greeted by 20 or so very well dressed staff (looked like a pageant contest) who all bowed and said good morning and welcome in unison!! The customer “is always right” felt real for the first time in a long time!
o Chinese birthday – you are 1 when born because zero is not ...
... As you walk along you slowly get further and further into the temple complex. Still early in the morning so only a few people out and praying at the shrines including the odd buddist monk pilgrim.
At one point came across a building where a monk and his congress were chanting along and sticking the bowl which radiated a tone to lead the chant. Also came across one old guy who looked like he was reading scriptures.
Out the back found a nice ...
... us off at the hostel, if he could drop us off at the north train station, which was on the way. And luckily he did.
The reason we were here, to get our next onward tickets. Yes, you do have to book them early. Feels weird to arrive in a place, and straight away have to book leaving it.
So arrived at the North Train station and it was pouring with rain. It was also a massive station and so busy. We went to what I thought was the entrance, which it was, but ...