Saturday, June 28, 2008

Another train ride


Alarm went off at 7am as needed to be downstairs to see the panda's at Chongquin zoo at 7.30am. Took a taxi to a hotel near the zoo for breakfast. Driver got a bit lost (despite Chinese instructions) but eventually we found the hotel. Breakfast was mamam whowho (so so) (15Y) then we walked to the zoo (20Y) to see the giant pandas which weren't that giant but good to see in China. Also saw a red panda which looked like a raccoon. Caught the elevator train back to hotel (4Y) and ended up in the city square. Tried to find the electronics market but only found lots of electronic shops - not what I expected. Went back to the hotel to check out and then off to find some food markets but never found them but did get horrendously lost and ended up in some dodgy areas and streets. Got lots of steers from the locals. Eventually, and somewhat by accident I found the hotel and decided not to go to far this time so found a smoke pit of a internet cafe and then brought some snacks for the train tonight and then went to Starbucks and had a ham and cheese croissant. Met together again to catch the next train to Xi'an at about 5pm.