22.09.2010 20 °C
Today we are on our way to Beijing. We are booked on the 8:30am train on a hard seat and will arrive in Beijing at 2:30pm. The train is packed and we are the only westerners on our carriage. All the Chinese people bring plastic bags full of food and from start to finish everybody is eating. We only bought a bottle of water and a deck of cards.
After we arrive at our hotel which is a traditional style courtyard hostel we jump on the subway to Wangfujing, a famous snack street. The subway is jammed packed due to the peak hour rush and we are literally packed in like sardines, butt cheek to butt cheek. To get out at our stop Mayet has to drag me out by the arm through the crush, much to the amusement of everyone on the train.
On the snack street all the vendors are yelling out for you to try their food, everything and anything is skewered. You can try snake, scorpion, beetles, silkworm, whole tiny baby ducks and an assortment of other lovely things. I stick with the toffee fruit which somehow ends up all over me. The smell of the tofu cooking is horrendous and makes eating anything hard work.