Rainy Streets, Dumplings and Shopping
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
297Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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I lay for longer ignoring that it was before 8am. James dropped a bag on my head and I still managed to ignore waking up. I've succumbed though. Breakfast was a bag of chicken crisps and coffee.
The weather outside is grey, very very grey. Not helped by filthy windows. Apparently its about 4 degrees in Xi'An. Oh, my optimism about the warming weather in shanghai was short lived as the next day was cold and yesterday it rained. So looks like I need the jacket a while longer yet.
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12:45 Out for lunch, jade took us to a 100 year old restaurant where their speciality is dumplings. The feast cost 80Y, which is about £8 and apparently you can't get it anywhere else
Half the group have gone to a normal restaurant and I was very indecisive about which I'd go to given that its twice as expensive as what we normally eat. Katrina made a very good point that it's better to regret something you have done than something you haven't, certainly in this case! So I came up for the feast. First we got some cold salads then the dumplings started coming out.
13:21 Lunch was very good, each dumpling was formed into a shape relating to its flavour, see the photos included. At the end we had a vegetable soup and I got 2 baby dumplings in mine. Apparently this means double happiness- she didn't give me a time scale however!
19:24 We went round muslim quarter and did some shopping. They seem to be Chinese first Muslim second, if that makes any sense at all. They sold all sorts of things, and once again the battle of trying to look at things without being too hassled began. All sellers yell hello at you, some shout T shirt, souvenir or the name of whatever you happen to be looking at - wow, I hadn't noticed i was looking at a t-shirt. Some just pointed at everything as you walked past glancing over. Avid pointing at all their goods, kinda weird. I'd love to just tell them all that if they just left people to look at their goods properly without being hassled they might find that people hover longer and actually buy something
Shortly after the market time we went out for another delicious dinner as a group. Jade buzzes around making sure we have everything we need, but barely ever sits down with us. I think she eats out on her own most of the time, and hardly eats anything, but has so much energy!
22:14 It has been a knackering day, and we just did some of the local things, so I'm in bed with new silk pjs on which just feel amazing, and they will be my little luxury until it gets too warm to wear them, or Hong Kong, whichever comes first as I will send them back home and have something nice waiting for me on my return.
Seems a bit of a short one today, but then I feel we did a bit less.
Best thing - my jamas
Worst thing - the rain
Most Beautiful - my jamas!