The expansive Beijing airport
At least this flight wasn't delayed! Flying another almost 6000 miles over the Pacific and
I arrived back in San Francisco airport about 12 hours later. Time to unpack and look through my photos and update my blog.
This trip took me almost 2000 km or 1200 miles by train and bus, and 2 domestic flights in China in less than 2 weeks. It was sort of a whirlwind tour of only part of the Silk Road in China. Is this for everyone? Definitely not, there were almost no 5 star hotels, and some places had at best 3 star hotels. It is also not your everyday trip to China, because you encounter so many cultures on the Silk Road, even inside the Chinese borders. One fear friends and family have voiced about journeying the Silk Road was the bathroom facilities.
Spending my last RMB's on a Haagan Dazs banana split at the airport! I think it cost something like 72 RMB, not cheap!
I have to say it was really not as bad you might imagine. The opportunity to go behind a rock exists, but is seldom necessary (unless you have to go every hour or 2). The food can be adventurous sometimes, but nobody got sick from eating at the night markets and street vendors. We did drink bottled water (Ah, and be sure the bottle you buy had not been opened already. Even on the couple of occasions that I forgot and suspected it might have been opened and refilled, nothing bad happened.) Going to places I heard from history classes and seeing them in person was a real treat. Traveling by train was not as pleasant as it was in Japan, but it was OK. I disliked haggling over small price differences and preferred to save more time than money. Most of the other trips I took were prearranged so this (and the previous trip to Japan) was different. Not knowing which hotel you would be staying or which train/bus would take you to the next town was a little worrisome at first, but didn't cause any problems in reality.
There are still a lot to see, so I would like to return someday! Do you want to go with me?
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