Chongqing, but not for long

Trip Start May 30, 2005
Trip End Sep 30, 2006

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

This entry carries a health warning. It's boring. But before you go blaming me, I'd like to put some blame onto the town that we visited. So read on if you want but don't say that I didn't warn you.

We'd heard that Chongqing wasn't really that exciting a place, so we hatched a plan to spend as little time there as possible. And we're glad that we did it this way.

We had to get up a stupid o'clock on the morning in order to get our bus across to Chongqing. It was a fairly easy 5 hours as I hadn't really properly woken up by this time anyway. We arrived about lunchtime and had the afternoon to spend here. We managed to cadge a free lift up to centre of town thanks to a canny Geordie that we'd met on the bus from Chengdu. However, when we got there we realised just how similar this town is to everywhere else in China. Don't get me wrong it was pretty to look at but it didn't appear to have anything special to mark it out from anywhere else. Other places that we'd been had at least had a little something special that we dug out and enjoyed but whatever Chongqing had remains a mystery to us.

In the end we just ended up wandering around the backstreets watching the world go by. Myself and David had a game of Chinese Chess on the street, but I'm sad to report that Scotland suffered two horrendous losses that day. Our ambition is to win at least one game of Chinese Chess on the street before we leave. The highlight of our trip to Chongqing culminated in going to the supermarket in order to get our supplies for the boat journey down the Yangtze, yup it was super.

On the plus side I've worked out how the rules of the road work. After a couple of weeks of sitting in a taxi watching in horror as multiple cars pull out in front of me and swerve onto the lane that we're driving in, it's actually ok! Just so long as you remember that they have a 'take way' system rather than a 'give way'. If you get to a junction first then game on, it's your road. No need to worry if the car hurtling towards you has to brake in order to avoid a collition, that's their lookout for not getting to the junction any faster.

Congratulations for getting this far, you deserve a medal. Now get on a read the exciting boat entry that's coming right up....
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