The Legend of Drunken Master

China was not on my travel plans, but it was on the way from Indonesia to Kyrgyzstan. The country is huge, which meant very long train journeys. I tried to book well in advance but still couldn’t manage to get any sleeper.

Train food. If you tell me you have been to China and haven't eaten one of this I don't believe you
Train food. If you tell me you have been to China and haven’t eaten one of this I don’t believe you

Apparently sleepers are like jobs in Spain, to get one either you need contacts, a lot of luck or s*ck c*ck. When you spend a full painful day sitting on a train you will realize the one-child policy was not such a bad idea as there are not that many little devils around compared to any other Asian country.

Sometimes a standing ticket can get you a better spot than a hard seat
Sometimes a standing ticket can get you a better spot than a hard seat

One thing that makes difficult to travel the country is the language barrier. English speakers in China are like girls at my University, almost do not exist and if you are lucky to find one better keep your expectations low. Trying to learn even the basics in Mandarin is hard work, if you don’t say things in the right tone they won’t get it. Even if I tried to repeat what they said it was wrong. I wasn’t even able to learn the numbers. I sticked to survival basics: ‘Are you Jackie Chan?’, ‘is your friend Jackie Chan?’, ‘is that guy Jackie Chan?’, ‘where is Jackie Chan?’. As well, when they asked questions my answer would always be ‘yes’. If they kept looking as it wasn’t a ‘yes/no’ question I’d say ‘Jackie Chan’.

5 mins working at the monastery, more than a monk in his whole life
5 mins working at the monastery, more than any monk in his whole life

And people just don’t get body language. You may be at a restaurant pointing at someone’s food and they won’t get you are hungry at just want the same that dude is having because it looks delicious. The waitress will keep asking you a lot of questions while you insist on pointing at the food saying ‘this! this!!!’. By the way Chinese food is amazing, only Tai can compare.

Man fixing my broken shoes.
Man fixing my broken shoes in Xian

During my time in China, I couldn’t update this blog as WordPress is blocked. Facebook is blocked as well which was a key factor in Chinese economic growth during last years as people at office actually do work instead of posting what they eat. I understand they decided to block some pages as FB and wp but Pornhub… nazis!

All around the place you can find the portrait of chairman Mao at houses, cars, money… as well as statues

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There are lots of people everywhere and many huge cities. And they are building lots of houses and other stuff. Sometimes you will see them constructing in the middle of nowhere. I don’t know what they intend to do but looks like they have a big plan.

Chinese copy everything, they even made a table version of Windows Mahjong
Chinese copy everything, they even made a table version of Windows Mahjong
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8 thoughts on “The Legend of Drunken Master”

  1. Amazing, as always! China is super crowed, that’s one of my memories too! Though I have to say that I manage to buy a train ticket with BED from Xi’an to Chengdu just going to train station the day of departure
    About the language, I completely agree. It’s difficult and they will never understand you. I’ve been learning chinese for a while now and I can really tell that it’s almost impossible to get somebody to understand you! :S Plus, yes,they don’t get any body language or sign, these little robots are programmed to walk randomly and work! But all the misunderstandings with language were one of my favorite things there. Every day was a new adventure trying to find someone to write for you I’m your notebook some sentences you will need later to go somewhere or eat something 😀

  2. Ahora tendras que poner solo una pagina con los idiomas que dominas…cuando pillas el transfollariano? Cuando es la fecha estimada de vuelta a Europa?

      1. Tu como Adidas, impossible is nothing, jeje. Piensa en la cartera encontrada en el Vitrasa, despues de eso…me creo cualquier cosa.

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