Married People

Trip Start Jan 03, 2006
Trip End Feb 14, 2006

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Friday, February 3, 2006

54 hour train ride. It wasn't the time as much as the berth mates. There is a strong likelihood that they are reading this, but I don't care, they belong at the bottom of my list of nice people I met on this trip. It wasn't so much the old couple who hogged the window seats with their noods, tea, and baijiu as much as it was the damn guy below my middle bunk (for those who don't know: six beds in a berth, three on each side). His wife and child were perfectly fine, but he had married guy syndrome. You know what I mean. So since the window seats were being hogged, we had nowhere to play cards. We decided to play on one of our bunks---not pleasant, as one cannot even sit up in the middle bunk, but we needed to play. Train assistant comes along, gives us a weird look, but says nothing. Later, married guy complains to her as she walks by. She tells us we're going to break the damn bed, get the hell off---but only 'cos the guy's complaining does she tell us that. Married guy tells us to be quiet at night then he wakes up at 4 AM and makes one hell of a lot of noise. Enough complaining.

Chengdu was pretty nice. We were only here for about a day and 1/2, so we didn't exxxperience much, but not bad at all. The place is famous for a couple things:

Food. Sichuanese food is popular all over China & the world. We didn't actually have any proper Sichuan food whilst in Sichuan, but it matters not---I've had it plenty of times.

Pandas. The only pandas left in the wild are in the Chengdu area (relatively speaking) so we went to see them. We weren't really too exxxcited about the one in a million chance of seeing one in the wild, so we saw them at their breeding & research base one morning. The animals were what you'd exxxpect, but the museum there was most interesting. First of all, the lights weren't on in the museum (not exxxactly high tourist season), so I had to use my pocket LED to guide us around. The lady at the gift shop at the entrance/exit paid us no mind. More interesting, though, were the panda sexual organs in formaldehyde and the pictures of their artificial insemination attempts. If the lights had been on, there'd be photos.
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