Have you heard of Tsingtao?

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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City Centre Youth Hostel Shanghai

Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Thursday, April 29, 2010

After a relatively early night I actually made it up for the free breakfast and got up at 7.30am (also forced by the annoying cough that I've picked up), I blogged and waited for Andrew and we enjoyed some pork steamed buns together then went for a wander around the local area.  We needed a new memory card for the camera as the two we had brought were full so we went on the hunt for a shop which might sell them (easier said than done).  On the search we came across the local food market, at first it seemed pretty tame, fruit, vegetables, fish, the usual stuff, then we came to the live turtles that were in centimetres of water, live frogs in nets and chickens in cages.  As we passed the chicken shop we had a peak in and were just in time to catch a live duck having it's throat cut, blood dripping all over the floor, nice.

On the way back to the hostel we found a shop which looked like it may sell memory cards so went in and tried to explain in our own style (lots of hand gestures and loud talking - in Chinglish (Combination of Chinese and English) what we wanted.  The shop owner started rifling through drawers of junk looking for anything resembling what he thought we wanted whilst having a loud row with his wife who was in the back out of sight.  Eventually he found one, not in a packet, and wanted nine pounds for it, as we'd been offered a much larger card in Beijing for much less we tried to haggle but only resulted in deeply offending the man...whoops!  The shop next door but one also seemed to sell similar stuff and we interupted the man and his wife eating a big bowl of noodles who produced exactly what we wanted but wanted 8 pounds, again we tried the bartering method but this time upset the couple so badly that they basically threw us out of the shop by loudly shouting at us.  I'm sure that isn't supposed to happen.

Back at the hostel Rorie and Emer were up and having breakfast so we had a quick chat about memory cards and how much they should cost, Rorie guessed at about 30 quid, christ, no wonder they wanted us out, we wouldn't budge above 5 pounds (that was the Beijing price somehow).  We all headed to another electronics area on the subway, we got chatting to a Chinese girl who spoke really good English, she worked for Tsingtao the beer company and asked us if we knew it, before any of us could say anything she pointed to Andrew and just said "you'll know it".  How true!  After a bit of weighing up we got the memory card for 7 pounds so Andrew didn't feel too bad about not buying it in Beijing.  Then we went to the Shanghai Museum, China's most comprehensive museum, which was free to get in and kept us entertained for a couple of hours.  Feeling a bit hungry and in need of a sit down, this traveling does get tiring you know, we cheekily headed for lunch at Pizza Hut on Nanjing Road and on the way were accosted by an English guy from the 'Big Bus Tour Company' trying to get us to do his tour.  As we have got used to doing, Andrew began to fob him off until he heard the word FREE.  It turned out it was the launch day of the open top bus company, the same as London, and they were doing a pilot of the trip for the day so we told the guy we would be back in one hour after we had fed our faces.

Pizza Hut was a lovely treat and we vowed not to have any tea to keep in budget.  We got to the bus queue and got in line, we got chatting to one of the guys who was handing out flyers who then disappeared.  He reappeared after a couple of minutes saying that the boss wanted to see us at the front of the queue.  We were allowed to get on first and felt a bit bad for all the people who had been queuing in front of us, but we wanted the good seats.  The bus trip was great, especially for free and the commentary was really interesting.  When it got to the part where it said that nail biting in public was seen to be disgusting I quickly took my fingers out of my mouth.

We stopped off at the supermarket on the way home, to stock up on beer and a mixer for the rice wine that we had left.  No tea for us tonight as we are over budget again, I will refrain from using the word 'smashed' for Vic's sake.  We spent the night chatting and listening to the I-pod sat in the room on the bunk beds with our paper cups full of rice wine and coke feeling 14 again, only then it would have been a ghetto blaster. 

ANDREW EDIT - To be fair the woman kept on saying Tsingtao but as no-one else except me can speak Chinglish they were all staring blankly at the lady so I said "Yes Tsing Tao" then she said "Ahh you know Tsing Tao pointing at me" not that that did anything to stop these idiots I'm travelling with from making a few fat jokes.
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Mum and Dad on

Birthday Wishes from Golborne!!
Hope the budget will stretch to some sort of edible food for your birthday celebration. Hope you are both well, always thinking of you. Take Care. Love Mum and Dad.

Nic and Al on

Happy Birthday!!!

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