We had to check out of Holiday Inn and head for Tianjin by 0800. I guess for most people, it was a bothersome task to wake up so early and ensure that they have all their belongings with them. However, for my group, Sheng Chieh (SC), Leon and I arranged to meet at 0630 for breakfast. Breakfast was not as luxurious as what I had when I was overseas. I was not expecting much from breakfast, but the others were rather disappointed. At least they had toast which suited me just fine. The guys had the traditional Chinese breakfast, i.e. rice, vegetables, meat etc. Even though I never tried their breakfast, I could tell, from their expressions, that could very well be our last breakfast from the hotel.
As expected, many were unable to stick to the meeting time, causing the whole team to wait for them. The teachers were rather upset but they did not express their unhappiness. I guess they could understand the difficulty of adapting to the early morning routine. After everything, we were on our way to Tianjin.
The ride was at least 4 hours and many took the opportunity to catch up on their sleep. That was when I realized a huge problem: light sleepers would be suffering. Try as I might, sleep just did not come.
Our first stop in Tianjin was lunch.
|Getting off the bus|
|First stop, LUNCH!|
|Getting a place to sit|
|Uncle and his "magic" spoon|
|Shayne and her molten candy|
After that, we were back on the bus heading to the next destination to shop. The streets were packed with mountains of people of all ages and all nationalities. Street houses dominated both sides of the streets. It was like traveling back into the olden times.
|Entrance of the shopping streets|
|What it really looks like beyond the entrance|
|Old man playing the Chinese flute|
|Goods along the side of the street|
|People painting on the street floor|
Next, to another shopping street. This street was different from the previous one. No vehicles were allowed on the streets, and rather than street houses, buildings stood high and mighty along the sides.
|The name of the streets|
|The rare sign in China|
We managed to room the whole streets and ended up snacking along the "Food Street". They had all sorts of different food, ranging from satay sticks to chicken chop. Sheng Chieh bought chicken chop which was delicious and we all shared. The guys bought a belt since they forgot to bring theirs.
After that, it was dinner time. And it was back to the hotel after that.