Train rides in China are hilarious. A genuine experience!
Thousands of passengers are packed aboard the train, all Carriages are crowded with Chinese peasants with large bags and bundles, buckets that they balance on a pole. Why bring a luggage when u can carry larger items like a washing machine? Bloody hell. After all managed to squeeze up onto it me myself with the suitcase. When I got tired of sitting on my luggage, lied down on a farmer`s sack for extra comic effect. These villagers sit and lie down anywhere they can, in the sink room, in the smoking area, in the aisleway. N I was too tired to give a damn.
Shanghai is the largest city I hv ever been so far, and it truly amazed me. First thing was to visit it`s well famous SMP skatepark which is the World`s biggest. Even the bad weather -bellow zero + rain- couldn`t ruin this visit! Loved it! My skates fell apart after an hour session, but luckily got a handy roll tape so fixed in no time. Met the local shredders n we hanged out a little.
The high point of my day was a real nice few minutes when the bright neon light decorations were turned on at Shanghai`s Bund n all the buildings lit up. These special moments make my life worthwhile. I hv found the most attractive place on earth with the prettiest skyline ever. I hv also checked the BIGgest shopping street in China (around Nanjing road), then went up to the Jinmao Tower n The World Finance Centre that offered super cool views.
Though I hv my low moments too just as everybody else.
I got scammed in the Yu Yuan garden.
Everyone tries to sell u fake watches, bags, clothes n stuff, right I`m not falling for that. Just pretending that I can’t speak English, and then 5 minutes later I completely forgot…
But the Shanghai tea scam is different. Yeah. The BIGgest ever.
It starts like this: A couple of friendly chinese girls will ask u to have their photo taken with them. I got used to this pretty fast since arriving in China. We start chattin, they speak good english n are very funny. Next move is the invitation to a tea ceremony and with nothing better to do I say yes to it excitedly. It lasted about 20 min in a dark room, sampeling 5 different teas, since the host only speak chinese the girls were translating. Told me about the ingredients and history of the teas. We had a good laugh. At this point I wasn`t worried about the price seeing the size of the cups. Then the bill came. Shit. When I saw it, the smile froze on my face.
I remembered the signs on the wall all over my hotel:
“BEWARE! You may be approached by several young student-type locals with very good English who will offer to take you to a tea ceremony. Do not go with them. This is part of an elaborate scam to trick westerners into paying extortionate amounts of money”
Shit. Moron. How can I be that naive?! It`s insane, the money they want is like a 2 weeks stay in a hotel. No way out of this. Doors locked. No windows. Surrounded by 3 criminals. They freakin knock me down n sell my body for a big lump sum if I refuse to pay. Ohh n they accept cards too. Couldn`t possibly find any excuse.
Felt like punching them, but I believe in Karma. I consider it purchasing a life lesson.
From now on if anyone trying to approach me on the streets I will completely ignore them. I don`t let the same dog bite me twice.
Whohoo but Im not getting away from it all, I`ll put on a wig and throw myself into the incredible Shanghai night life. I`m gona party like a rockstar tonight in the city that never sleeps and which I would love to spend more time in. And I will. 😉