Jangshui tea house show pretty place

Trip Start Sep 19, 2007
Trip End Jan 19, 2008

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

We took the bus and it took four hours to get to Janghui, we did not know much about this place. And since this guide, is really crap, i did not want to trust is anyway. But we found a hotel just in front of the bus station which was surprisingly good, and decided to go an explore town. We were both in a really good mood, I suppose because we both had enough of being in a big city and this seemed like a smaller place. But in China when you think that you are in a small place, it probably has two million inhabitants.

We found that in Jangshui as well the government has renovated many houses, and it has built lots of fake chinese looking buildings, but it is sitll a quite pleasant city to walk around. We also discovered many side streets, where the houses were still authentic and also the streets and the shops and everything. You could see also the daily life of people old men playing maeyong, women knitting, children going to school, the butcher cutting meat at the market, well it looked like a nice place to me.

It gave the impression that this is in a way more real, but it is not so, china is the big cities and this as well. It is changing but so it is everywhere so i am really happy that at least i got to see this place that made me feel like i was part of a old chinese tale.

We were staying at the hotel in front of the bus station. We had lunch in a two storied imitation Qing Dinasty building with black tiles and red lalustrades and upturned caves, which is rich in chinese national style.
The waitresses were dressed according to the epoch and they were really friendly and nice.
After walking a bit more around the centre of town, we bought a few little cakes, quite nice, and chiel bought running shoes. We went to have tea to a tea house inside the Eastern gate tower part of the MIng dinasty walls that were once protecting the city.

At the begining the tea house was empty but really quickly filled up with people and they came in big groups, of all ages. It turns up that we were assisting to a traditional dance and singing show. The ladys were dressed with typical dresses from the nearby tribes, and the men were playing also typical instruments. It was a really nice surprise. The people siting next to us were constantly giving us small shots of tea. Everytime we drank it we had to cheer in chinese. They were a bit , well quite drunk, and they were really funny. They wanted to know everything about chiel and me and also about the pictures we were making in the tea house. The kept on filling up our mini glasses and we kept on drinking then to fit it.

To go back home we took a auto rickshaw driven by a women. It seems that women in china have a more important role than women in india, at least you can see them driving buses, working in the building sites and also in other jobs. Probably they are not occupaying high positions in a company but they seemed to have more freedom here.

We also walked into a park where everybody was exercising. REally nice and friendly people too.

Following day chiel went to a village nearby that is a Unesco recognised village, and he said that the place was really out of this wolrd. The houses were really old and really chinese looking. I went to the internet and back to the hotel because i had a really strong headache. After chiel came back we went to have lunch to a chinese muslim restaurant. Chiel ordered food from a few pictures on the wall, and he also went into the kitchen, but he pointed at single products, so we did not know how they will be cooked. But it turn out to be really good. One of the dishes was dried beef with filled chillies. REally original and tasty.

We then took the bus and to my surprise they seats were beds, we thought that the ride would take about 8 hours, but not the ride was 15 hours, plus 4 more sleeping inside the bus. Our fellow travellers were really noisy, smelly and rude. But then again that is part of daily chinese lifestyle.

I was by the window but poor chiel was in the middle row, and the guy next to him was the smelliest of all. People smoked inside the bus no problem. They had a movie on, that lasted the entire way. When we got to our destination at about 4 oclock in the morning, and we were ready to leave the bus the driver told us to stay inside and leave at 8 in the morning. In other circunstances i would have told him to piss off but it was really cold, and lots of people were shouting outside!!!!!!

the bus beds had the latin numbers so the chinese travellers were very confused and did not recognise which one were their beds, so one told me that i had to leave in a really rude manner, and i told him equally rude to piss off.

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