So, got back yesterday but I was lagged straight to hell. So here's how my trip went to el China. Take note that the events may be out of order, since my short-term memory was lost in the great war of '92.
Day 1: Got on the plane for 16 hours. Yeah, freakin long as hell. The food they served was suprisingly edible, like the stuff I microwave here at home (noodles and pork. Mmmmm). I had my mp3 player, which lasted the whole trip, and I banged out to some Avenged Sevenfold and Metallica. Also had my gameboy color (finally beat Dragon Warrior Monsters!). But I gotta tell you somethin, it's nigh impossible to sleep on a plane. So uncomfortable. When we arrived at the airport in Shanghai, we had to take another plane ride to Beijing, so another hour or two on a plane. Finally got off the plane, and met my tour group. There was my sisters, dad, Noel and his wife Dena, Bryan and his son Chris, the guide Angie, my dad's friend Tsong Li, and I. We headed to the hotel and caught some zzz's there.
Day 2: Went to the Tehnerman Square (?) and encountered some real life vender people. Man, they're freakin harrassing folk. I woulda slugged one if I wouldn't a gotten my hands chopped off by the police (I don't know their laws). Brian, however, was able to buy 3 books, normally $180, for $60. Gotta take my hat off to the guy, he's good. Lessee... a lot of people thought my sister was a movie star, and a gay couple kept staring at us. That's it for the Square.
Then we made our way to the Forbidden City. It's a pretty bitchin piece of architecture, and it's cool how each room and sculpture had a specific purpose. However, most of them were about longevity. You'll hear a lot about that as I go on. I got myself a piece of the floor before I left.
Day 3: Now my memory's starting to get hazy. Fucknutters. Ah... I think we went to the coisenne factory. It was a place where people made statues and vases by hand, taking anywhere between 3 weeks to 3 months. I bought my mom one of those bracelets for like $10.
Then we went to the great wall. That is a friggin long ass wall. There are so many venders! Every single one trying to sell me a t-shirt, marble plaque, or some kind of mockery of intelligence. We just by-passed em though. Right before the wall, we had a quick lunch of crappy American/Chinese food. Kinda ugh. Chris decided we should have a race to see who could reach the top of the great wall quicker (this wasn't the highest point, but from the entrance it was the only elevated point we could see. That's about a quarter mile run. Remember that nasty food? Yeah, it disappeared. I scratched the first letter of my name into a brick before my sister spotted a guard comin our way. Oh well, I'll return someday to finish it.
Day 4: Hmm... I think that day we took a trip to Shanghai, and then went to visit the jade factory. They had some really interesting stuff over there, but it was WAY outta my price range. For example, they had a jade ship that was somewhere around 20 thousand US dollars. Why buy a car or a house, when you can own a jade boat that's the size of a chest of drawers!
After another lunch (this one wasn't very crappy at all), we went to see the silk factory. NOw there are a couple things that make me queasy. One of which is silk worms. Ew man. We saw how the workers literally rip the pupae out of the cocoons and then sell em to herbalists. The silk is mucho warmo, but it is expensive as hell. Naturally, I said screw it and didn't buy any. My sisters, on the other hand...
Day 5: This is where my family seperated from the tour. While Bryan, Chris, Noel, and Dena went... somewhere else, my family and I visited with more of dad's friends. I met this dude, William, who I've decided is my new drinking buddy. Which reminds me, NO DRINKING AGE IN CHINA! SQUEE! First beer with every meal is always free!
Day 6: This was our last day, it was a free day so to speak. We ate at a dimsum place, then went shopping. I got myself a flask, two shot glasses, and a funnel all for ten bucks. Yeah, good deal.
Day 7: We left on the plane, and I couldn't sleep. At all. The food was terrible. We arrived in California, said goodbye to our tourmates, then went home. I had to stay up for another 6 hours in an attempt to get my schedule back.
So that's my China trip. I bought only the flask kit, a mask that's a little off center, and 3 days worth of massage. Mmmm.. massage. Despite being totally communist, it's not such a bad place. Except of course, for the rude spitting people, the traffic that will swerve out of the way in an attemt to smash you, and the exceptionally spicy food.
On a completely unrelated note, Ut2k4 works again! HAHA! I'M PLAYING ONLINE!!!!