Best Country to Lose Your Bank Card In

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
Trip End Jun 29, 2011

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Flag of China  , Shandong,
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

On our last day in Qingdao, Sam and I got up early, had breakfast, read for a little while, then walked a few blocks back to the Governor's Mansion where we ate the German dinner on Sunday night.  Charles had a lingering cold so he decided to stay in our room for the morning.

The Governor's Mansion was built in 1908 for the governor of Qingdao when it was under German colonial rule.  Later, both Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping stayed in the house, which is now a museum.  We saw their rooms and admired the German architecture.  The grounds outside were even prettier than the house itself.

After our quick tour, we walked back to our hostel, played a couple games of pool (I'm really terrible at it), then when Charles came down, we had lunch.  After that, it was time to leave, so we took a taxi to the airport.

Our flight was on time and our return trip went smoothly until the matter of getting from Nanjing to Zhenjiang came up.  Ordinarily we'd take the train, but since Nanjing's airport is about 45 minutes from its train station, we decided to take the shuttle bus that goes directly from the airport to Zhenjiang.  

But for some reason we still haven't figured out, the busses weren't running, so we decided to take a taxi the whole way.  The cost of the taxi per person was only slightly more than the cost of a bus to the train station plus the cost of the train tickets from Nanjing to Zhenjiang, not to mention that by taking a taxi, we'd avoid having to wait for a train and having to take another taxi from the train station in Zhenjiang to campus.

Unfortunately, nothing is as easy as it seems, and we stopped twice before we made it to campus -- once in a tiny town called Jurong because there was a street fair in our path, and again at the ferry landing in Zhenjiang to drop off another passenger.  We finally made it to campus probably around the same time we would have if we'd taken the train.

The title is a quote from Sam.  In the morning, he realized he'd lost his bank card but said it was okay because "China is the best country in the world to lose your bank card in."  He lost his first card a few months ago because Chinese ATM's don't require customers to remove their cards before completing their transactions, and when he went to the bank to get a new one, the teller simply asked to see his passport then pulled a new card out of her desk drawer and handed it to him.  

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