May 15th, 2010 at 10:29am
Just arrived to Guangzchou, left the mess of cival war unrest in Bangkok, nearly all Chinese on the plane…so funny, so different than the Thai, all hurry to get their seats, even running to pick up their baggage and dart ahead of other in between moving sidewalks. No money changer at airport, Aussie guy came to rescue offered to share taxi, fist fight outside airport, about 6 or 7 guys fighting – welcome to china! Taxi driving around airport again suddenly we pick up another passenger – Chinese guy, how that happened dunno…30 min later in town. East asia hotel welcomes me in between strip bars and night clubs. Room is a welcomed retreat, small like a box, smells like cigarettes but has aircon and internet so in heaven. Go to open the curtains and there is nothing there but a wall. Could not stop laughing….what an introduction to this strange country. Needed a beer to unwind from the day so went down to hotel store bought Chinese beer for 50 cents and in the case they selling pharma drugs and new mobile phones next to each other. Guy shows me latest nokia phone which takes 2 sim cards for 50 usd. Also told me that sim cards with 8 and 9’s in the phone number are better luck and cost more money than ones with no 8’s or 9’s. Too funny. Already overwhelmed…forgot to mention cops outside hotel with drunken Chinese guy from night club when I arrived. All that and I have only been in china for 2 hours!