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Hard Sleeper

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Our first experience of a hard sleeper train in China was last night. An experience it was! After shoving our way onto the train (our huge bags came in handy for this) we were greeted with the sight of one long corridor with triple bunk beds stacked down the whole length. A far cry from our lovely little soft sleeper cabin we had for the journey from Beijing to Xi'an. Surprisingly we both managed to get some sleep though. Then came the (ridiculously) early wake up all; 4am! The train didn't get in until well after 5! Not a great start to the day.

Next challenge; get a taxi to take us to our hostel. Pandamonium! We had to stand in the middle of the road to try and flag down one of the hundreds of taxis. A bit scary in the dark and when we were still half asleep! But we did it! Unfortunately for us, the taxi driver decided to let us out in what we thought was the middle of nowhere in the city. There were no signs to the hostel and the street was deserted apart from one other taxi driver and his two passengers. Our taxi driver told us to follow the three other people and having not many other options we do so warily. All was fine in the end; the hostel was down a little alley. And amazingly our room was ready straight away! Back into bed for us!

After a very long lie in we decided on a nice lazy day in the city. Each of us wanted a couple more items of clothing so we went on a shopping trip to H&M followed by a Starbucks! We were both slightly homesick so this helped. Then onto the bird and animal market. Hundreds of birds and all sorts of animals were being sold there (dogs, rabbits, squirrels, tarantulas, snakes, chipmunks etc...). Unfortunately the standards of animal welfare were not what we are used to in the UK. So we made a pretty quick getaway!

A nice lazy evening in the hostel rounded up our day!

Tam xx

Posted by Tam-Jo 06:36 Archived in China Tagged and dali kunming

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You'll never have to worry if you can't get a seat on the train to London - there's always the luggage racks! Not dissimilar to the top bunk in the hard sleeper :-) xx

by Mum and Dad (V)

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