Kids These Days...
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People who made my travels more enjoyable: Michelle (USA)
My night in that little hotel at the base of Huangshan was one of the most comfortable of my entire trip. The long hike from the day before left me feeling exhausted. Not in a bad way, but as if I had completed a day worth of satisfying physical labor. It was the kind of sleep that can only be achieved after significant physical exertion.
Michelle and I ate a quick breakfast at the hotel and then we boarded a bus for Hangzhou. Michelle's planning was perfect and we only had to haul our bags 100 yards to the main road in order to catch the bus. The bus, which was a full-sized coach, took us away from the mountain toward the East.
The fact that the farming family had two children was surprising, but in the country side the One Child Policy is not always strictly enforced. Furthermore, if both parents were only children, then they would be permitted to have two children. One unintended consequence of the One Child Policy was that it created it created an incredibly top-down family structure. By this I mean that there are far more grandparents, great aunts, great uncles, etc. ready and willing to dote on a few young children. And the result of this? The most spoiled and misbehaved children you've witnessed in your entire life.
Once the long bus ride ended, Michelle and I hailed a cab that would take us from the bus station to the central train station on the far side of West Lake (a central lake in Hangzhou that is both beautiful and strangely peaceful). This was another cab ride, where the driver took a particular interest in me. At one point Michelle even asked him to pay attention to the road and stop staring at the Laowei in the back. The driver quickly retorted, "why is your Chinese so bad". This always struck a nerve with Michelle and I could see the look of frustration creeping onto her face. Luckily, the drive did not take too long and soon we arrived at the station.
So far this was my third station in China (if you count Hong Kong) and it was by far the most dilapidated and crowded.
Next stop Shanghai!