First off, thank you for the great comments on my last post!
You didn't hear from me in a while because I was changing places so frequently that I did not really have time to upload or write anything.
I think since my last post that I've uploaded in Beijing, I've moved about 1200 kilometers and slept in 3 different appartements.
Plans, again, changed. Instead of going to the yellow mountain (Huang Shan) we dicided to stay in Wuhan untill the national holidays are over. The yellow mountain is a central touristic spot in China and is so crowded that even a hostel stay would cost around 26 euros a night. I am talking about a bed in a dorm with six people sleeping in the same room. That's crazy.
So Tomek and me took a express night train from Beijing to Wuhan, soft sleeper. That means first class. Sadly that was the onlything left we could buy to get out of the city before the weekend. Arriving in Wuhan in the morning, we took a taxi to our host Scott. Generally speaking, Wuhan is a lot cheaper then Beijing. Of course, it's not the capitol. You can get a full meal for not much more then two €, a bus ride for less then 30 cents, and a beer in a pub for not more then a Euro. On the other hand, Wuhan has a lot less attractions, but still the city wants to make a lot money on it. That makes all the attractions really expensive, and sometimes not even worth seeing.
If you're more then two people, it's always acceptable to take a taxi, wherever you go. The price difference to taking a bus is about 50 cents.
The first thing we noticed when arriving in Wuhan were the masses of people. It seems Wuhan is even more crowded then Beijing. Looking at the map of China, Wuhan looks like a middle sized city. Well, 10 million people they have here. It's a lot bigger then I expected.
I don't think there is THAT much to see in Wuhan. We've been hanging out with Aron, Vickies best friend from highschool who moved here to study. Basicially we've been spending days walking around the city, eating, visiting game pubs, normal pubs and eating.
Game pubs are something really nice that I didn't know yet. Imagine a normal pub with alot comfortable couches offering tons of different table games, together with the usual beverages and snacks. Luckily they had a game that I knew best, so I tought my friends playing "The settlers of Catan - The Seafarer"!
So, Wuhan is a lot more chinese then Beijing. More people, more cars, more traffic, more dirt, more chaos. Walking the streets of Wuhan is fun tho. But for a German guy, this all seems just like one big unorganized chaos :) I think I am spoiled, in that sense!
Today I really didn't do much. Tonight I am going to catch a 3 am train to Zhanjiajie where I will go camping. My host Matthew gave us a set of spare keys, so we could come and go whenever we wanted. I spend the day inside, checking out the Internet for possibilities to go to Korea, updating my website and chatting with Liza.
Tomek left the "group" like three days ago, making his way to Hong Kong where he takes a flight to Kathmandu, and Vicky left me this evening, going back to study in Beijing. I am alone again, for a change.
Read the picture comments for more info, more exciting news next week, I guess!