Done travelling for a while
09.10.2007 - 10.10.2007
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We wanted to be in Shanghai by the 10th and since the "hard sleeper" for the overnight train on the 9th were booked out already we had to take the "soft sleeper". It was no problem taking the subway to the train station even though there were a lot of people. The difficult part was figuring out how the enormous train station worked and where we would have to wait for the train. Eventually we figured it out and got on the train all right. The train was really luxurious in comparison to the trans-siberian. It was impeccably clean, air-conditioned, we could order food directly to our compartment and our beds were very comfortable and clean. We even had a white table cloth and a fresh flower in a vase on our table! We had an improvised dinner consisting of coffee/tea, banana, rice crackers, some dried fruits and a muffin.
We shared the compartment with only one person who was Chinese and the conversation was scarce. He had a really friendly face and we managed to understand that he was from Shanghai. He showed us on the map where we would have to go and explained how much the food would be if we would have wanted to order.
On the train were almost exclusively Chinese people except for a Danish family which we overheard boarding the train.
When we woke up we enjoyed the scenery for a while before we packed our stuff. We arrived on time to Shanghai Railway Station and went directly to the metro and bought our tickets. The Shanghai Railway Station was pretty impressive as well, with a lot of people everywhere. I find that, just like in Beijing, people here walk pretty slowly. I don't know if it is because I have longer legs or what but I would almost go as far as to say that people here walk as slowly as in Mexico!!
We arrived at our hostel after having to look for it for about 20-30 minutes. We got a good room with our own bathroom and went down to have breakfast.
Lots of love,
Fredrik and Sabrina