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Afternoon from Xi'an guys n gals! (well, evening for us!)

We have FREE internet in the new hostel, happy days, so a swift update for you all!

We left the hostel in Beijing last night in the POURING rain around 8pm and headed to flag down a taxi...thinking because there are so many of them here in china that it was going to be a breeze! ha! nope! we were met by a bunch of soaked to the bones americans who claimed to have been waiting for 2 hours! eeek! also we didnt realize it was raining outside so our waterproofs were well and truly packed away haha. We ditched the yanks and headed up the road to steal any taxi with its light on before they got their chubby hands on it. After about 15mins and a foot of rain and me standing in the middle of the road we got one! RESULT....spoke too soon again haha i showed the driver the train ticket he said ok and we were away...in the wrong direction but i gave him the benefit of the doubt after all taxi drivers should know the way to the biggest train station in Beijing (and biggest iv ever seen) ...wrong! he turned and asked to see the ticket again after 10mins. Horture?? he asked ..Yes mate its a f*****g train ticket!! we got an oooh in chinese and he jumps out of the taxi at a green light with the ticket and in to another unsuspecting taxi next to us! seems we should have got that one after they gave the guy perfect directions!

we made the train with half an hour to spare and our previous worries about the hard sleepers seemed a bit daft! even though we were the only westerners in sight and possibly on the train it was a breeze. we found the compartment and pushed our way through to our two middle bunks out of 3 on each side! no doors either haha! but the chinese guys in there with us were all smiles and "IN-ger-lisha??" haha i attempted a conversation through the phrase book with the woman above me but we hit a snag and even after thrusting her mobile at me to talk broken in-ger-lisha with her husband we couldnt figure out what either was saying!! i think i slept better than jo in the end but we were both in decent condition but dying to get a shower and a decent toilet (after jo came back whiter than a sheep with horror stories of the excrement covered squat hole :S) and some antisan for the million and one mozzy bites i collected on the train, compared with Jo's 0 i might add!

Xi'an is nice! and terracotta warriors were AMAZING!! pictures will follow but we have reached the monthly upload limit already :(

we have changed route to hong kong now due to the time constraints and we now head out to Guangzou on saturday morning on an EPIC 26hr train!! arriving on sunday morning and hoping to immediately hop the border to hong kong from there (another 2hr train)

then i think a major chill out will occur after shopping for fake handbags ive just been informed :) haha

Much love Rob and JOJO xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by rob_harvs 05:54 Archived in China Tagged train_travel

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