28.01.2012 - 28.01.2012 1 °C
Today is a travel day Xi'an to Chengdu by long hall train. Anyway after breakfast was told by staff to get there early and glad I did, the train stations are very busy with thousands of people trying to get home to their families. I found the right gate to get through to the inside which was good and made my way to the soft sleeper lounge pending boarding (which is the equivalent of a business class for trains) so soft sleeper has four bed as opposed to six and glad I booked the four birth as their is barely room to move.
Anyway on the train for an 19 hour epic ride to Chengdu, which will mean not eating for the entire journey as I didn't have time to buy some snacks for the journey, sleep is impossible as the train stop and starts so frequently and I couldn't get used to the motion of start up and stop.
Anyway 19 hours later after arrival in Chengdu lined up in the taxi rank to get a taxi and it starts to rain, at least the line is covered.
Lessons Learnt - Part 6
After a while you just get used to being totally ripped off by taxi drivers as a westerner, no one wants to use a meter, and it's no other choice at 5am you just have to pay, which isn't that much more but you still get jipped. Figuring out that when it starts to rain it don't matter what nationality you are prices for cabs go up, which I was told in line by a English speaking Chinese guy, who offered to share a cab and help me to where i was going, which was nice he even split my fare when I got to my destination first. So I guess we both saved in the end.
Anyway a short walk from where the taxi dropped me off I have arrived at the hostel, which is down a pleasant alleyway, well it's dark and doesn't seem the least bit dodgy. But alas there is no 24 hour reception here even though i emailed saying that i was arriving early but its no big deal. So I am now sitting outside in the street writing this blog. Oh and a fully charged iPod will last an entire 19 hour journey.
Anyway pending checking in a couple of hours Chengdu is great, expecting big from the Place voted 'China's most livable city'
Night (morning) for now.