On the road, day 3

I swear my body is conspiring against me! What’s up with waking up at 6:45am?
The lemonade part was taking advantage of it all and going for a long run followed by a swim in the ocean! It’s been a while since i ve done that.
Some random thoughts so far:
1- not sure which is better: garlic smell in beijing taxis or fish smell in the xingcheng ones!
2- whomever said Chinese were too cautious needs rethinking: i ve seen them dive in the sea and swim at 10 pm on a pitch black night. Also seen them swim in that same sea under heavy rainstorm
3- i m not a big fan of seafood, i m just not!
4- this place must be a great getaway in september

Xingcheng: as schyzo as it gets

Note: i m posting this from my iphone so formatting aint a priority!!! Grammar nazis refrain!

So…. Xingcheng! To be fair, there just isn’t much info out there about this city; the bits and pieces you might find compare it to pingyao or even yangshuo but it definitely ain t the case!
The city itself ressembles any run of the mill hole in china with dirt, motorcycles, shops, low rises and construction. However, there are 2 more sides to it:
1- old town: supposedly one of the last four remaining authentic ming city walls. It’s cute and lovely but not if you be been in china for any length of time. Shops line up main street and mini carts are cattling away tourists around the 9 places of interest inside the city. Not bad overall but i ll take shanghaiguan over it any day.
2- the beachfront: about 8 km outside the city lies the little haibian section on the waterfront and it s the main gateway to juhua dao where i m headed tomorrow. It s all hotels and BBQ stands equipped with their personal KTV system and it s busy/pricey in august. Most of the hotels were sold out by the time i made it here and the cheapest i could negotiate was 400rmb for a room! Aye chihuahua!
That said, i m loving it! The beach is neat despite being crowded and there are enough hidden spots around to chill in peace. This will be heavenly in low season!
This is also seafood paradise…. Amazing variety…
Night time is quite something as the locals light bonfires all over the beach and kick off the karaoke with guests joining in between to bites of crab or crawfish. Then the sky is set ablaze with fireworks.. Apparently, that s the everyday routine!
I m definitely coming back in september when low season hits and exploring some of those wild beaches i passed by on the way from huludao.

On the road, day 2

Man…., i had written a lengthy tirade yesterday on the train about life, decisions and what not but it litterally vanished in thin air with the shaky connection crossing hebei! Still, life be good!
Landed in huludao yesterday but there wasn t much to write home about other than messup with trains and hotels…
Now, i made it to Xicheng and i m chilling in my hotel room with the most amazing view! I could easily become addicted to this place but watch out: august prices are highway robbery!!!!!

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Here are some shots from my window: