Train to Ulaanbaatar — Arrive to Erlian in the morning and hang around for a bit. We take a minibus to the border. I take a picture of a gas station and we are pulled over by security demanding a bribe. We enter Mongolia and go to the Zamïn-Üüd train station. We buy tickets to Ulaanbaatar. Our train leaves at 5:20pm.
Shanghai — China Railway N214 from Datong to Beijing West The train ride is magical, be sure and do this segment during the day. In Beijing, I barely catch China Eastern flight 5128 to SHA Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. Enroute, the kind chap sitting next to me suggests I visit Qian Dao Hu in Zhejiang. In Shanghai, I take a taxi to Jeremy’s flat in the French Concession and visit some bars.
Shanghai — Stayed with Jeremy in the French Concession, round 3
Nanjing — China Railway T718 from Shanghai to Nanjing. It is pouring rain in Nanjing. My hostel denies my reservation so I sleep in the office.
Night on train — I tour Nanjing in the day. In the evening, China Railway 2521 from Nanjing to Huangshan, Anhui. I arrive to Huangshan station early the next morning.
Huangshan — Epic hike up Huangshan and sleep at Beihai Hotel.
Tongkou — I hike around the summit of Huangshan and then walk down a different path than I took up. We decend slowly and I find myself with a group of cheerful people. At the bottom I grab tranport to Tongkou.
Tongkou — I tour Hongcun, Anhui, China, Emerald Valley, Tangkou
Qian Dao Hu; met Juliet; ended up in Hangzhou that night
Hangzhou; Stayed at the Mingtown Youth Hostel
Hangzhou — Stayed at the Mingtown Youth Hostel
Shangahi — China Railway T730 from Hangzhou to Shanghai. I arrive to Shanghai railway station two hours later and stay in a hotel in Puxi, north of the Puzhong.
Shanghai — I transfer to the Mingtown Hiker Youth Hostel; Went out with Jason at night in Gubei to the Champs Bar, et al.