March 06, 2007

Meet you in Wuhan – now seems quite normal

Another posting? Two in one day! Well, I’ve got to make use of the 100RMB charge for 24 hours of internet access and I’ve just got back from the evening meal.

Five of us got into two taxis and hared across the city (think City of London then multiply by at least 5 times), across the Yangtze to a Sichuan restaurant on the far bank. The views back across the river to the forest of skyscrapers rising up on the hills to the South, decked in neon and fairy lights is quite spectacular.
Chongqing centre from across the Yangtze

Traditionally one eats in a private room, so we did. I asked not to be informed of what we were eating but in the end needn’t have worried. We had snake, eel, fish, pork, all kinds of things – I did my best despite my poor chop-stick technique. But seriously, the food was tasty and the company pleasant. Does that sound too ‘nice’, too English? I enjoyed myself.

I normally drink TsingTao beer but Shirley suggested we had the local beer, I can’t remember its name but we discussed at some length the validity of having draught beer in bottles (an increasingly common thing in China but not something I’ve come across before). We finished off with “meet you in Wuhan” – which now seems quite normal

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  1. Mathew Mannion

    I was in Chongqing in summer 2005 and I have to say that it really wasn’t that spectacular back then. At least, the entire city was basically a construction site – even the view out of the 5 star Marriott hotel was nothing other than construction really:

    Certainly though, it is a beautiful city, when you look past the severe pollution of the Yangtze :( (Although they were working on that when I was there too)

    06 Mar 2007, 15:10

  2. Neil

    I think they’ve almost finished with the centre now. In fact, we came back via the Marriott to drop one of our party off, no sign of any construction work now. Night-time is I guess the best time to take in CQ.

    06 Mar 2007, 15:30

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