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Tea and Scam

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Surprisingly, I kinda like Beijing. Would love to go back one day to visit more of the city.
Ben and I became traveling buddy at this point. After spending 2 weeks day-in-day-out with my friends, I was kinda "sick" of them... don't get me wrong, we didn't fall out or anything like that, just it is a nice change of scenario checking out new city with someone else.

On our way to Great Wall of China, we bumped into the 2 Sweden boys we met in Mongolia. They were having some argument with the tour guide they met earlier, having finding out they were scammed into paying exorbitant amount for a box of tea and a mug. Jonas wanted Ben and I to go with them to balanced out the number of people as they were outnumbered by the Chinese. Although, with the 4 of us, 3 guys and 1 girl, I'm not very sure this helps against their number of 4.
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And it is their territory we're at. On top of that, Jonas wanted me to keep the fact that I can understand mandarin from the guide. The Chinese guides seem friendly and sympathetic with boys, but the minute we arrived at the teashop where there scam took place, their attitude changes. Gone were the friendly manner, and they were quite intimidating. Questioning Ben's and my presence at the scene. Demanding to know why we were there. Luck is on our side. Both Elias and Ben towering over the Chinese and Jonas, the happy-go-lucky and devil-may-care losing his temper there and then.... after about 15 minutes of arguing and shouting, they got their refund. Not 100%, but about 80%. Phew......

Train traveling in China is very different from Russia and Mongolia. There are no bunks located on the aisle part, instead of 2 bunks in per wall, Chinese train has 3. The head space gets narrower the higher you go. I had the middle bunk and I can't sit up on my bunk. It's not uncomfortable to travel, it's not as pleasant as the Russian train. Also, the open concept of the toilet outside the city is something I don't think I can get used to.... I am really thankful the couple of times I have to use the facility, I was alone.


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Surprisingly, I kinda like Beijing…
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