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settle into Chongquing

and get ferry ticket to Wuhan

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Monday 1st April 1985
Day 111
Chongquing ferry terminal on the Yangtze river

Chongquing ferry terminal on the Yangtze river

My Chinese friends put me on bus 12 for the ferry booking office. Spend a very long time at the crowded booking hall getting a Wednesday dawn departure for Wuhan, 4th class 33.50 Y. Bus back to railway station and walk and climb to Renmin hotel, about 40 minute amble.
 What a fantastic creation of pillars and curving roofs. A vast facade, two wings and a huge central concert hall to seat 400, with a pagoda dome roof in the middle. Service and rooms pretty basic though. Check into roof top three bed dormitory, 7 Y. one Japanese guy in situ, no English spoken. Sleep all afternoon.

An American studying in Taiwan finishing his year with a tour of China gets us local prices in the hotel's restaurant, about 50% discount. Have a pleasant dinner with, wonder of wonders, a clean tablecloth. The waitresses are very pleasant and helpful. China is full of surprises.
 Several travellers have the big padded cotton great coats, 30 Y. keep out this perishing wind, my sore throat may be getting better but the nose dribbles on. A flea bites me five times on my ankle in the night. I remember to take my anti malarials.

Posted by 1985 trip 16:00 Archived in China

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