16.07.2009 - 18.07.2009
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Wow are we having a stressful time in China at the moment. The lack of english and immense heat are finally getting to us. We have had a very stressful day trying to get train tickets out of here, and failing miserably. We tried for 3 hours to get train tickets and couldnt, so we gave up and checked flight tickets which were only 10 quid more and fly tomorrow morning. The earliest train we could get is days away so we are flying to Chengdu tomorrow morning at 8.30am.
After that we went sightseeing and went all the way up their hill, on which Dr Sun Yat-Sen (the founder of the first chinese republic and considered a legend over here) has been laid to rest. We didnt realise that you had to walk up about 400 steps to get to his mausoleum, and in 39 degrees that wasnt a tempting offer, so we aborted that plan rather quickly! We got the cable car, which goes further up the hill, all the way to the top. We didnt realise that when they put 'cable car', it actually meant 'ski lift'! It took half an hour to get to the top, which was rather relaxing. Unfortunatly china as a whole is so hazy that when we got to the top, we could barely see the city below! We got the cable car back down, followed by a bus, which took us back to town. From there we went to see the old city walls, which used to be the longest city walls in the world (before parts of it got destroyed by the Japanese). They were really impressive, from the Ming dynasty and was built like fort knox! We walked around there for a bit, and then got on a random bus which just happened to take us back to our road! Finally something works for us!
So due to the slight change in plan, we are leaving Nanjing early tomorrow morning and flying to Chengdu to see the pandas!!
Hope you are all well,
Lots of Love
Chris and Alex xxx