Sunday, February 8th, 2004 – Day 355 to Monday, February 9th, 2004 – Day 356

Sunday, February 8th, 2004 – Day 355

Wuhan is 1,125km (699 miles) West of Shanghai and 1,047km (650 miles) SE of Xi’an.

I arrived at 6.00am to the Hankou bus station. I walked to Hankou Huoche Zhan railway station but they only had standing room for the train to Xian that night. No way. I would have purchased and hoped for an upgrade but I did not way to take a chance. I purchased a hard sleep for 135 Yuan for tomorrow night. It leaves at 5.05pm.

For the next 1.5 hours, I looked for a hotel. They were either too expensive or were closed to foreigners. I finally booked a dump for 138 Yuan near the bus station (where I started 2 hours earlier). I then went to bed until 1.00pm.

I walked around the city until 9.00pm. Its like one big shopping centre with nothing much of interest. I picked up a few DVD’s etc and went to the NET. Still, Its nice to let my liver recover from the past few days.

Wuhan is primarily an industrial and business center. Were it not for the fact that many of the Three Gorges tours begin or terminate in Wuhan, few Western tourists would ever make it here. However, trisected by the Yangzi River and its longest tributary, the Hinshui, and dotted with a hundred-plus lakes and scores of parks, this city of 4.86 million urban residents is an agreeable place to spend a couple of days. Three districts — which used to be separate cities, comprise present-day Wuhan. Avoid summers when the city inevitably lives up to its reputation as one of China’s Three Furnaces.

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This is Guilin from last night (08-02-2004)

I was surprised how sunny the weather was. I was expecting it to be a bit closer. Still its a massive city and it took me an hour to walking to the main shopping areas. Spend the day thee eating etc. and was back at the hotel at 11.00pm.

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Wuhan Sculpture showing world brands – the meaning in a communist country – up to you to decide (08-02-2004)

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Wuhan housing Block (08-02-2004)

Monday, February 9th, 2004 – Day 356

I checked out at 10.30am and left my bags at the hotel. My train was at 5.05pm. I was there by 4.30pm and massive lines were formed. Many people rush for the hard sets. If you have a sleeper, there is no rush although luggage space is limited. My ticket was 135 Yuan and I expected to be in X’ian by 9.00am. It was a hard sleeper journey. To be honest, I didn’t sleep much.