Scary Train? Expensive Plane?...Maybe the Bus?
Nov 20, 2010
Dec 01, 2011
Where I stayed
Hanwood Youth Hostel
We then walked back through the city stopping in a couple malls to do some shopping. We even went into a Walmart to see how much it differed from the ones back home and yup they are all the same except in the food section of course it's all chinese food.
We hopped on a bus back to our hostel and got off at the `The Big Goose Pagoda` and lucked out as they were having their nightly water fountain lightshow with the fountains timed to music. It was fun taking pictures and watching people running through the fountains.
When we arrived at the bus station in Xi'an there was someone there from the hostel to pick us up. He asked us how long we were staying and if we had train tickets already because they would be very hard to get on short notice; of course we didn't have anything booked and we planned to leave in two days! So when we got to the hostel they looked on the computer and found that there were no soft sleepers, hard sleepers, or soft seats left. The only option for the train were hard seats. I mentioned in the last blog post that we had been lucky to have great sleeper trains with no people crowded around all over the floor, well apparently the hard seat cars are where that occurs and we weren't too keen on experiencing that. So we thought about flying but figured it would have been too expensive after looking at the prices and knowing we hadn't budgeted for extra flights. The hotel staff told us that there was no long distance bus station but our lonely planet book said otherwise so we did some digging on the internet and found that it was beside the train station. We took the public bus and bought tickets for the sleeper bus, and they were far cheaper than a plane.