Arrived in Zhangjiajie (ZJJ)
Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
176Trip End May 04, 2013
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I’m really starting to notice the weather changes now too... it’s cold enough to be wearing a fleece all day and definitely can’t go out in the evening without wearing a coat – there is a part of me that is looking forward to heading south now to the warmer climates, although still loving China and wanting to stay here longer nonetheless.
Anyway, I decided I was going to go to the National Park the next day and sat with the guy at the hostel’s reception and asked him a plan for best tackling the hike
When my plan was sorted, he asks me if I have eaten dinner and offers to take me a nice Chinese restaurant just round the corner, I take him up on the offer and we head out.
I was expecting another Chengdu incident where the man ordered us oesophagus and stomach, but he gave me the menu and asked me what I liked. Luckily there were photos, so I flicked through and pointed at one that looks like it was either beef or pork, with green chillies/peppers and rice. He ordered a couple of other things and checked with me that I liked spicy foods... of course I do
The food arrived and it was amazing, perfect spiciness and the dishes he ordered were also pretty damn good too!! We drank a couple of beers, ‘gambei’ – cheers in Chinese – and talked about my travels, my old work and his job/family etc. He is 30, a tax man for the government and owns 2 hostels (in ZJJ) and a hotel in Fenghuang. He looks and seems older, but is obviously doing pretty well for himself. At the end of the meal, he asks for the bill and although I offered to pay my share... I got a look an offended look back so put my money away promptly and let him pay – generally you can insist on paying your own share but the look I got this time was enough to accept he did not want my money.
I had an early start the next day so just went back to the hostel after dinner (it was like 9.30pm anyway), watched a film and went to bed.