Finally in China
Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
284Trip End Ongoing
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Arriving in Shanghai was nothing like I had expected. All the people on our train were rushing around desperate to get somewhere. I just ambled around like one of the zombies from land of the dead. Finally outside the station and I was stunned. I had never seen so many people in my life. They were literally everywhere, there must have been at least 30,000 people all standing around doing basically nothing. My first thought was "they have to stop breeding"!
Having finally pushed our way through the thousands of people we managed to enter the subway system, where yet more madness ensued. There were no ticket machines in action so everyone had to queue at a deck. The Chinese aren't very good at queuing!
Seeing as the word queue doesn't exist in China it was absolute carnage! About 300 people trying to push their way to the 5 open desks. Whilst standing around in amazement we spotted a German couple, Nicole and Filip, from the train looking equally perplexed.
They hadn't made any reservations so seeing as they were headed to People's Square like us, decided to join us. Managed to fight our way onto the street and with the help of some people from a hotel nearby, managed to locate where we were staying . They had a 4 person room so they bunked with us as well.
Feeling our stomachs kicking us we went in search of something to eat. Finally settled on a dumpling place (a Shanghai speciality) which turned out to be a bargain at 6 quid for 6 plates and 4 beers!
We were on Nanjing road so decided to follow the heard of people and finally arrived at the Bund. We were given mini Chinese flags to wave on the way (it was National week). Not a lot was going on, and we had missed the fireworks, but the view was good so we will return tomorrow.