Breaking up a fight and heading back to Zhongdian

Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
Trip End Aug 31, 2007

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

I ended up getting in the middle of another fight this morning. I was woken up at 1am by some girl screaming. I thought I'd better go and check it out. Outside there was man standing on the steps and a group of four in the court yard. The man gave me the shush sign so I took that to mean that everything was under control so I carried on to the toilet. When I came back everybody had gone except the girl and a man from the group of four, whom I believe to be the owner. He was hold a stick and screaming at the girl. She was trying to keep a table between her and him. She was in tears and begging him to leave her alone. I couldn't really keep out of this so I blocked the man's way and told the girl to go to bed. I figured he couldn't have a fight by himself. She ran off. Presumably to her room which she locked and barricaded it shut. The man continued to rant at me. Apparently Westerner's don't listen and the stick is the only thing we understand (This could explain why there didn't seem to be a Mrs Sean about). I took the stick off him, told I didn't care what the argument was about (which I didn't), that this was bad for his business and told him to go to bed. It took a while but he eventually listened. My work was done. For those of you who complained (ie Rhonda) that I didn't help the girl who passed out on the boat in Cambodia (even though five other people were helping her) then I hope I have redeemed myself.

I got up a lot later and to tried to organise a minibus to Qiaotou. The waitresses pointed me in the direction father who turned out to be the man with the stick from last night. Brilliant! He told me to tell his daughter when we wanted to go because he wouldn't be here. He spent the rest of the time giving me funny looks during breakfast.
A minibus turned up at 9:30 and myself, Johan and the man got in it. Wasn't there any escape?

The road to Qiaotou was pretty dodgy. The road hugged the side of the gorge and there was at least a three hundred metre vertical drop for the whole way. Luckily we had one of the few careful drivers in China.

In Qiaotou we came across a minibus driver going to Zhongdian. Despite him wanting 150 yuan to take us to Zhongdian we got him down to 60. He only agreed to this after 10 minutes and because he knew the real bus was due in 2 minutes. We met an Aussie girl (Jane) at the bus station going in the same direction. Between the three of us we managed to save a massive 1 yuan on the bus fare! Johan wasn't keen on the minibus as he didn't trust the driver but as a minibus meant a non-smoking trip and leg room I managed to convince him. We arrived safely although there was a slight detour to deliver several bags of rice. The rest of the afternoon was spent in the surprisingly hard task of finding some blank CDs. I know have three hours to get ready for the next dancing session in the town square. Wish me luck.
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fox_777 on

I in Lijiang are you?thank you scan my tarvel.
how weather in Zhongdian?maybe i with my wife going to Zhongdian on October long time you in Zhongdian?you next trip plan go where?can I know?thank you.

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