Because I’m free, I’ve made a 2-week or maybe more schedule aka itinerary for the next year trip to China, from Wuhan I’ll see the cherry blossoms, then go to visit Wudang Mountains, Shennongjia, the Three Gorges Dam; then I’ll be in Chongqing to see karst in Wulong; I’ll stop by in Xi’an of Shaanxi province to visit the ancient city, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor; I’ll arrive in Son Tay to see the ancient citadel of Pingyao, the Loess Plateau near Hunyuan, Yungang Grottoes, Mount Wutai; last but not least, I’ll pay a visit to Henan to see Yinxu in Anyang, Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang citadel, Shaolin Temple, the Yellow Emperor Palace in Zhengzhou, and Kaifeng city. At the end of the schedule, I will return home from Wuhan. In short, this is called Hubei – Chongqing – Shaanxi – Shanxi – Henan journey.
Haiz, but the search for return ticket to Wuhan turned out nothing available. Maybe while I’m waiting for normal travel to resume, the schedule will be up to 30 days?
This was the last day of our trip. We visited three sites of Wuhan called Yellow Crane Tower (which was made famous by poetry, Hubei Provincial Museum, and East Lake.
Two hours at Yellow Crane Tower seemed like a waste of time. I’d prefer more time at Wulingyuan or Fenghuang Old Town.
I liked the visit to the museum which made me understand more about the Chinese culture. Though I saw so many Chinese students around the beverage vending machines than in the showrooms.
After that, we had a chance to go around East Lake. Unlike Jingzhou, the minubus took us around the lake for 30 mins. As I spotted the handsome driver, my tour group kept joking about me and him. Though he was 9 years younger, he said I looked like 27. We talked a bit. He asked if I was Malaysian. And after a stop, when I switched to the seat next to him, he nicely started a small conversation with me. He asked which city I was from and if it was near the beach. Ashin said that 521 was better than 520. I couldn’t agree more.
After 3 flights with China Southern Airlines this time, I somehow felt that their service was worse than 10 years ago. We had to wait for a while on board and they didn’t give us any water to drink. Unlike 10 years ago, I even had a meal before the plane departed.
We departed Changde, Hunan for Jingzhou, Hubei in the morning. In this historical city, we had a chance to go around the wall on an electric car and it was a great ride even though some of us disliked it.
Two members of our group decided that they would do some cosplaying. One dressed as an ancient girl, and one dressed as an ancient general.
The the tour bus took us to Wuhan. After dinner, we walked to see the busiest district called Jianghan. The walking street was filled with branded stores and even a night market. We had some fun here. I also tried the fruit tea of a chain milk tea store called Idrink.
I found that today was May 20 which was kind of a Valentine’s Day in China because 520 in Chinese sounded like ‘I love you.’ Today would have been worse if my friend and I hadn’t made fun of the day. We even took a sweet picture with the Chinese intern guide.