This morning starts off with a bang.
Yes, the question on everybody’s lips, how do you fit 200 plus people into a room clearly designed to fit 50 comfortably?
The answer; pure mayhem, and a lot of people missing out on breakfast, or at the very least trying to eat in the awkwardest of positions, by balancing on edges of chairs or just standing at the bar.
This is a zero out of ten for the tour company.
Seven plus tours all leaving at the same time and no possible way of fitting them in. Good for the hotel if they charged you for breakfast, because at various times there was nothing to eat, and definitely no milk for coffee if you could get coffee.
Still, as we keep saying, it is what it is.
It’s rather hit and miss with breakfast, sometimes there’s adequate catering, a large enough room, and enough food set out for a very large group all turning up at the same time.
So, after the lucky few who did manage to get a seat and equally something to eat, we all pile into the bus, after having to get our suitcases onto the bus because we’re moving on to Shanghai after the day’s activities…
…and then have to wait for the other seven to move off. In the end, we reverse into the traffic and get underway. I’m not sure what the other buses were going to do.
But, getting out of the hotel car park was only the first part of the morning’s adventure, the next part was not exactly going to be any easier. 8:00 in the morning means peak hour traffic, and here peak hour traffic takes on a whole new meaning.
Four or five lanes completely full and at a standstill, and the odd daredevil, including our bus driver, thinking he can change lanes.
Having a window seat can be fraught with danger; you get to see some of the most incredible maneuvers Chinese driver’s attempt and amazingly often succeed.
Oh, my mistake, changing lanes can be done.
It just takes a lot of nerve and a death wish.