Xinyang, China
Date: Lodging: Distance: Total:
22/04/1999 Qi Shi Hotel 334 KM 19160 KM

Paige, obviously very relaxed, enjoys the drive.

We left the hay in our midst.

Overtaking the hay

Three tractors piled high with hay slowed us down, but wowed us all the same.

Tractors carrying wide loads of hay take over many roads.

Inside the Hoi Tak Hotel in Xinjiang, we found these four women playing Mozart's 'A Little Night Music'.

22 April 1999 - For dinner, Jim and I walked along the streets and found a restaurant where the workers were delighted to have two foreigners present. They brought around dim sum and dishes a la carte. Jim walked around and ordered things he saw others eating - he's a real hit when he does this. The spicy chicken included more bones than meat, but the steamed rice and green beans with garlic were excellent. We drank cold draft beer and listened to the entertainment. A man - in his mid 30s - played a great rendition of 'Auld Lang Syne' on what looked to be a wooden flute. I tried to tip him, but he refused. He played the song again and Jim and I signed a $2 US dollar as a souvenir, which he seemed to think was more appropriate than a tip of his local currency. The performer gave me the necklace he was wearing - a silk string holding a plastic heart with a Buddha on it.


  At a park in China (Paige)
  From Zhengzhou to Xinxiang (Paige)
  On the road from Zhengzhou (Paige)
  Leaving Zhengzhou (Jim)