Friday 15th October, 1999
Up early to go to the train station with Sophie and bought a hard seat ticket to Chengdu without problem, hopefully I’ll be able to get a sleeper upgrade when on the train. I then spent the rest of the day seeing the main sites like a typical tourist. City Wall, History Museum, Big Goose Pagoda. All okay but none thrilling. [Unimaginable at the time that 9 years later I’ll be making itineraries for these very same places for others!]. Amazingly bought, wrote and sent postcards all in one day! Sat in the gardens of the Big Goose Pagoda writing to the family back home. Then I went back to the Muslim Quarter to see the Mosque and eat some of their lovely food again, arr, lamb kebab yangrouchou’r – all in a very recommendable area. Took a packed bus #9 back to the hotel and stopped off at ‘Dad’s’ for a beer or four. Some useful travel talk if only I would remember it in the morning! British Paul had some useful ideas for where I’m heading. Night.