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Jishou - 15/04/11

15/04/11 – Jishou

Today we set of to Jishou, only a 2 hour train ride and then we met the last of Johnson’s cousins. He picked us up and took us for food in a local place. We had seaweed soup, egg and tomato, and some spicy stuff which I didn’t eat. Now that I have travelled a bit around China, I see that each place has its own preference for food. From the few meals I have had in Zhanghiajie they seem to like spice, Jishou people like balanced diet of vegetables and they like salt, I have been told that Fenghuang people are big on extra spicy so let’s see how that works out for me.

We then dropped our bags at Johnsons Auntie’s before heading out around town on our own for a few hours. Jishou is a town of about 200,000 people so small in comparison to where I have been so far, we walked through the markets for a while before stopping for a foot massage. The massage was very good and turned into a full body massage which was a bonus. I impressed the masseur with my pasty white skin enough that we felt compelled to shout “I love you” when we were paying, and then dragged me into the staff room where I had to entertain about a dozen workers with my fluent Mandarin for a few minutes, It was a good way to finish the afternoon for Y50 and sorted out my crippling pain from the two days of step climbing for all of 20 minutes.

After that we got picked up by Johnson’s cousin and taken to a restaurant where I met more extended family members, we all shared a meal before getting a lift for the hour’s drive Fenghuang Cheng. This was a quite a comical experience, I had raised concerns to Johnson a few times about booking a hostel in Fenghuang but he insisted that his cousin had booked us somewhere nice (I don’t think Johnson is big on the hostelling scene). We arrived and after a quick wander we found the hotel… nope, by the reception we got from the reception staff, this was definitely not where we were spending the night. Onward to another hostel over the river and we arrived to an even more hostile reception staff. A phone call later and one of the hotel staff was leading us up the river to another hotel, a quick chat later and we are out of the hotel, key in hand looking down a back alley… hmmm, I thought. Then another staff member approached and led us down the alley and into a building that was under construction, letters and buckets lay everywhere and a strong smell of plaster. After a quick fight with the lock we finally got in at 10pm. Another day done.

Posted by sharpting 10:48 Archived in China Tagged jishou

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