I traveled 15 cities in China, and introduce them in this site. I hope this site is very helpful of your trip in China.
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I took the night train from Beijing to Qingdao. It took 9 hours. I thought it was soon, if I slept. However, there is no hope at all of my sleeping. In the train, it was very crowed, other passengers were loudly. The main reason why I cannot sleep is a angle of my chair back. It is almost 90 degrees and it was not reclining seat. That's like a torture. the seat of train in China faces a front passenger. Therefore, I sit back to back with a rear passenger, so reclining is impossible. I wonder why they don't adopt reclining seat. I think Chinese like talking, they are faced each other.
I opened a laptop to write my diary using the Word. Then, a young man talked to me."Do you have a laptop?" Chinese are friendly, they speak to anybody. I thought I have laptop, so what? 3,4 people were crowd around me. They said "Which maker?" "Are you Korean or Japanese?" The air was filled with questions. It's so good to talk with unknown men in a foreign country. The conversation became lively and it was fun. Making friends soon with anybody is good point in China.
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