[잉그리드의 전주살이] 3 days in China
[잉그리드의 전주살이] 3 days in China
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  • 승인 2018.03.01 18:21
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Last week I went to China with a tour group of Koreans and my friend Younghwa. We had to be at Terminal 1 at Incheon Airport by 6am. My friends told me that the 2:30am buses get there before 6am. Wow, were they ever right! We never bothered going to bed, just stayed up in a coffee shop until the bus arrived, fell asleep right away and woke up two and a half hours later at the airport. Usually I can count on sleeping on the bus for four hours so I was not rested by the time we arrived at 5am. We took our time walking to the far end where the tour groups meet and waited. Because I am Canadian I had to get a visa for China separate from the group. They had to enter and leave China together. I entered separately and had to pay a lot more for mine. At last we were on our plane and in about the same time it had taken us to get to Incheon, we were in Tianjin, China.

The guide, a Chinese woman who spoke very good Korean, met us, told us to put on anything we had to stay warm, and escorted us to the bus. I hadn't done up my coat, put on my hat or gloves and I paid dearly for that. It was a bad day in Canada cold. Younghwa hadn't any gloves but I had two pairs so I loaned her one pair. The wind was wicked. A woman who was walking beside us tried to cross a road without looking but I always check and I had to scream at her "STOP!" because there was a large bus speeding our way with no intention of slowing down. The bus emitted a loud honk as it blew past us. First lesson - pedestrians are not even speed bumps. Second is the bundle up better. I had my hat and gloves in my carry on and I dug them out of the bag on the bus. I also carried my cane with me.

Lunch was at a tourist restaurant in Beijing and the worst food in the world. The rice was cold and hard, the soup was cold and the rest of the food was just edible and it was cold inside. Right after that we headed for the edge of the tourist area around Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. We walked across from Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City. Already my knees were killing me. Koreans don't like to walk slowly in groups. We walked though the Forbidden City in record time except for them waiting for me to catch up. Younghwa kept at eye on the group for me. Every time they stopped for a short explanation from the tour guide I would catch up and then they sprinted off again. I did manage to get some great pictures and read my book on China in the hotel to fill in any holes in history and information. I just wished we could have gone into the clock and jewelry museum. Does this mean I have to go again?

Dinner was a little better and we were given some time to visit a market. Younghwa and I were only interested in coffee by that time. Wespent the hour catching up on our caffeine. I looked at my exercise tracker. A record of 33 sets of stairs I had climbed up and 17,000 steps for the day. Falling asleep until our wakeup phone call was not a problem that night.


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