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clarawara’s Travel Diary

Monday, 14 Nov 2005

Location: Chongqing, China

MapLeft for Chongqing on a rather cramped bus but met a really nice dutch couple to chat to on the way. 5 hours later we arrived in the rain!
The booking office not only arranged my boat trip but a pick up bus from the port at Yichang to Wuhan and then a train to Fuzhou where I could get a bus to Xiamen.
I spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around and bargained for a brolly, it was that wet! Unfortunately it took an hour to get a taxi in the rain so when I got back to the booking office.
To kill some more time I wandered down to the pier to see the boats and actually saw someone swimming in the Yangtze!
The booking office paid this old man to take our bags to the boat
which I felt bad about until he started asking for more money. Flo
(dutch woman) and I agreed on 10 kwai between both of us which he wasn't happy about but I was no longer caring.
On the way to the boat I saw a goat which had been alive earlier
hanging gutted upside down and was very happy to get going
On the boat I shared with 3 Chinese women which made for an
interesting time as they kept talking to me and I couldn't get them to understand that I couldn't understand.!
Also met another couple William (chinese) and Angela (Oz) who were in the same hostel as me in Chengdu!