On Sunday morning I woke up early to go to Wuhan what’s around 100km away from Xiantao. It was my first time to use public transportation in Xiantao. The bus was small but many times better than the ones in Tanzania. So I paid 3yuan for the bus ticket to get to Tianmen South Trainstation. It took only half an hour by train to get from Tianmen to Wuhan Han Kou station.
Bus from Xiantao to Tian Men Nan – Tianmen South Trainstation
It took us around 1,5hours to get from Han Kou by metro and bus to the library what wasn’t even on the other side of the city. It’s insane how big Wuhan is. We went to shopping mall and met with a Chinese girl called Lucky after visiting the library and huge book store. I didn’t buy any clothes because obviously it was hard to find something for my size hahaaa. That’s the minus of being western in Asia.
Alex with Lucky
Later we went to another shopping mall nearby what was full of electronics. Endless floors full of computers, cameras, phones etc. I wanted to buy a camera so we bargained a bit and I got my camera for pretty cheap price. So I also belong to Canon family now! Hopefully soon I’ll make some nice pictures and videos as well!
After visiting the shopping malls and pizza place with pretty bad pizza, we went to Alex’s place. Once again a lot of skyscrapers! Houses looked new and the backyard was beautiful but once we got into the house I understood why Alex is whining about this place. Smell, no air condition and suicidal balconies. I also saw one families room… super small, 3ppl living there, almost no furniture, tough life, but at least they have one window.
After visiting Alex’s place we started tripping to Han Kou trainstation what took us another hour or maybe even more. Train station was once again crowded and usually the system is that the gate opens 5minutes before trains departure, so that everybody could have time to make it to the train. This time they opened the gate 2minutes before departure, it was crazy, everybody were running as crazy and of course our wagon was the furthest one but somehow we made it. I couldn’t imagine running there with my suitcase.
When we came off in Tianmen TS we saw a white person! Wooow! Alex started biking to home and I took bus together with this guy who’s from Chicago and teaching in Wuhan University. It was interesting to hear his life story and opinion about why it’s much better to live in China than in US. The main reason was freedom in China, you are not under cameras all the time like in US.
Well that was my first trip to Wuhan, hopefully not the last one! Waiting forward to visit this city again to see some tourist attractions and to feel like a normal human being. In Xiantao I still feel like tourist attraction, everybody staring at me, waving, some screaming “Hello!” and so on.