Saturday, December 27th, 2003 – Day 312

Saturday, December 27th, 2003 – Day 312

I was up at 6.45am and decided to try for a ticket. I packed and heading down. The place was full f people and with only one bus hading in each direction, I kew my chances were slim. The two in the shack were as sulky as ever. Its just a old man and woman with a table and chair. They were in no mood and brushed my questions aside. I wanted to go to Litang but she kept saing no even though I was asking for any ticket over the next 2/3 days. I was stuck. I then asked for a ticket t Kangding and she said fine. This is a 22 hour trip and I did not know what the hell was goig on. Would we go straight there. Would be stay overnight in Litang. No answer. I bought my ticket for 137 Yuan (13.70 Euro) and headed bak to the hostel. They were not surprised to see me back. I paid another 30 Yuan and went back to bed. I stayed there until but it was bright and noisy outside.

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The Market (27-12-2003)

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The Market (27-12-2003)

I walked to the nearby market which was very small. Nothing much of interest. Lots of cattle wandering around the street. There is anorther small clothes market in th school basketball court. I ate some nice steamed bus and just wandered. Lots of staring from te locals and hundreds of hellos and How are you. nce you reply, you get a few laughs. One nice youg lad came up with his schol copy bokm with some English wrds. I coreccted some of them and added a few new ones from things arund town like JEEP, TRACTOR, PIG etc.

I walked back up to the monastry around noon to see it in the daylight. Lots of wood carvers about. Its a fine monastry with good views of the town and valley. There was little t do so I sayed up there for two hurs relaxing. Lots of Tbetean villages in the valleys, many of them in town shoping. I had a great meal in a little restaurant near the clothese market. Pork and veg (fab) and a basin of rice. I mut have had 6 bowls of rice before I stopped. All for 9 Yuan (.90 cent). I did little that evening. I watched some TV. The udiences here did not rate Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon . THey felt it was geared for Western audiences. You can see the exact same wire stuts on Chinese TV every niht of the week and much of it is better.

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The Monastry (27-12-2003)

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The Monastry (27-12-2003)

I did not mind stayng here another day. Lonely Planet paints in a bad light but its a cool place with many Tbetean influences. My bus is at 7.00am.

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