Sanlitun Bar Street

Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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Friday, May 5, 2006

Congratulations Heika on your return back to Germany after 6 months of RTW travel. It must be a surreal experience returning to your home land after the multitude of adventures you've had...

It was great letting my hair down at several of the bars on Beijing's Sanlitun Bar Street last night. I got there early... didn't really get busy until after 10. I went to one bar, called No.60 Pisa Bar, and decided to stay there given the friendliness of the staff. Even managed to score a few drinks out of the bartender who didn't speak a word of English (gin and tonic was very strong!). The other staff were adamant that we shared the same face! Figure that one out. The drinks are a lot more expensive here than the rest of China. I've got use to paying 5 yuan for a large bottle of beer ($1) but last night I was paying 20 yuan for a small bottle of beer... was suppose to be 30 yuan but I negotiated a cheaper price before entering the bar. Amazing what kind of things you do once you get accustomed to travelling here in China.

Getting around Beijing is very easy if you have your destination written in Chinese characters. The taxis are cheap. Twenty minute runs cost around the 15 yuan mark.

All going well with the PSB on Monday, I will be flying to Hong Kong on Tuesday, 9th May. Given that all flights HK to Dubai are booked, I may need to fly direct to London not that I'm complaining.

The hostel I'm staying in is rather huge and lacks the personalised nature of other hostels I've stayed in whilst in China such as Holly's Hostel in Chengdu and Number 5 Hostel in Dali. But I haven't had much time to relax here yet, but I'm still impressed with its facilities including pool tables, cheap internet, a bar etc. But no laundry... ended up going down a very unique Chinese street called the Huton and negotiated an express service.

At this stage, I'm not minding being in Beijing. Everything is in close proximity to where I'm staying including a post office.

Whilst in Sanlitun, I purchased 37 DVDs for the ridiculous price of 200 yuan ($35) plus 138 ($24) yuan for postage back to Australia. Yes, the DVDs are very cheap here and I'm really glad that I have made my first purchase here in China. It's a bit of a gamble because I don't know the quality of the DVDs but I was assured that they are good. Scott, you may like to try them out when you get them!
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