Ate breakfast at with Liubov in her kitchen. True to her lifestyle, she cooked up a healthy and hearty meal. I then went to buy my train ticket to Xi’an only to find out at the station that they do not have trains leaving for Xi’an. I went there because it was the biggest station of four in Shanghai, so I assumed there would be trains to Xi’an, the largest train transit city in China. But nope! I forget why now, but I remember buying the ticket online or by phone was not an option. But I think it was more that my host (who isn’t from China) and I simply couldn’t figure it out. I managed to find out which station would sell the tickets and made my way there. It was across the city, but thankfully they I went to another station across the city and bought my ticket.
I then immediately headed out to Zhujiajiao, a small town outside of Shanghai that has a history of about 1,700 miles. Took about 70 minutes to get there by bus. It seemed to be a tourist escape for Chinese people. I had about 5 hours here with not much to do, but to wander. I slipped through many of the streets, from the busy ones, to the outskirts. I think there were about a few hundred shops, but there were really only about twenty different types. Nevertheless, it was nice to explore without a strict direction or schedule.
I came back to Shanghai and met up with Liubov for dinner and I treated her to a nicer dinner of about 150¥, which is really only about $25. We ate until we could not eat anymore. To give you an idea of how much food costs, typically, I spent about 10-15¥ per meal in Shanghai.