Adventure Day 4: The Mystery of Tujia

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
Trip End Feb 23, 2011

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Flag of China  , Hubei,
Monday, January 10, 2011

We set out in the morning determined to find the tujia restaurant in Tim's guidebook. We followed all the directions they gave us, which granted wasn’t much, but the site where it was supposed to be was a park under construction. All we can figure is that they took out the buildings where the restaurant was supposed to be to build the park. So instead we set off wandering, and had fried rice and noodles at a small restaurant instead.

We spent the morning and afternoon wandering around the southern part of Wuchang, eventually ending up back at snack street, where we snacked. It was about 1pm then so we slowly made our way back to the hostel and arrived there at about 2, then took a break before leaving for the train station at a little after 2:30.

The Wuchang train station was really close to the hostel, another huge train station it was definitely not empty. Everything ran more smoothly than in Chengdu, though, and we easily made it through security and found the waiting area for our platform. There were no chairs open, but it wasn’t bad standing for a little while. We boarded the train later than we were expecting, but somehow they got everyone on board in about ten minutes and we left exactly on time.

The train stopped quite often along the way, and was practically empty by the time we arrived in Shanghai. It travelled at up to 250 km/h, so I was almost glad we couldn’t see out the window because it would have been rather dizzying. There was hot water on the train, so I was able to make a bowl of instant noodles and eat that for dinner. They also did sell a packaged dinner, but it was probably pretty expensive.

We arrived in Shanghai a little earlier than expected, before 10pm. The director at the taxi stand at the train station put us in a mini-van taxi, which felt oddly roomy after our usual cram into a small taxi with all of our luggage. The price was definitely a shock, especially since the hostel was not close to the train station at all. Compared to the states it was cheap, but it would definitely be difficult to take a taxi ride long enough in Chengdu to have to pay that much. He found the hostel with no trouble, though, and checking in went just fine. Almost half way through our trip now!
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