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Reisverslag Shanghai - Osaka - Hiroshima
30 september 2014
Shanghai - Osaka - Hiroshima
While sitting in the bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai and racing past city's with an maximum speed of 305 kilometers an hour it didn't take long before I reached my destination. I found my hostel in Shanghai very easily, it was located just outside the city center. After dropping off my bags I went out for some food and got back to prepare myself for the next day.
The next morning I woke up early and went to the bund were you have a nice view of the high financial buildings. Walking back I met tree very friendly Asians from a "nearby" city, two girls that spoke very good English and one guy. After chatting for a while they asked me if I had any plans, if not I could join the for the rest of the day. I decided to join them and they told me they were going to some sort of traditional Chinese tea ritual.
While entering a bar and sitting down in a private room the ritual started and one of the Asian girls was doing the translation. After 15 minutes or so I started to notice that the translation of the girl was a bit to good and it looked like if she had done it before. I asked the girl if I could see the price list and that scared the shit out of me. Every cup (0,02 L) was almost 6 euros, and I already had six of them. At this point I realized that I was being scammed and that the tree very friendly Asian people were actually working for the tea company. I told them right away that I was done with the ritual and that I wanted to go out. They showed me the bill (€144,-) and the guy told me that it was normal in China that the guys would split the bill. I told him that I would pay my part (25%) but that I not had it with me. He told me I could pay with my credit card, I told him that I would get it out of an nearby ATM. He guided me to an ATM in a shopping mall were I tried to get money out... After trying two time there was no money coming out so I now was afraid that my card got skimmed. We went to another ATM were I did get my money out, I paid my part and right away they wanted to get rid of me. After asking the guy some questions about why it was so expensive and not getting a normal answer he told me he had the go. While he left I raced to an nearby café were I had wifi, I contacted my parents and decided to block my card... Later that day I went back to the same street were I saw them standing again. I told them to give me my money back, but the guy got very aggressive straight away. After some words I decided to back down before it would escalate any further. After losing 36 euro I learned my lesson and I will be more carful the next time.
The rest of the day I walked around in Shanghai and went up the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV tower. Once I got out the tower it started to rain so I decided to get back to my hostel and pack my bags since I was leaving the next day with a ferry to Osaka. In the evening I chatted with a Asian guy for about two hours via a translation app in the hostel. A very funny experience to communicate like this. During the night the wind started to pick up and it didn't stop raining either.
I woke up the next morning and went to the cruise terminal to board my ship. Once I got to the terminal the guard would not let me through and kept pointing at a piece of paper with Chinese text on it. The guard literally dragged someone of the street that did the following translation: The ferry from Shanghai to Osaka will not depart today because of a typhoon, please wait until further instructions... I went back to my hostel and let a employee of the hostel contact the shipping company. I had to come back at the terminal before 16:00, board the vessel and the ship would leave Shanghai the next morning 07:00.
Ferry from Shanghai to Osaka
Once I was on the ship I met some more travelers. I was chatting with a American and Swiss guy and they both told me they ended up in a scam in Shanghai. The American was hold captive by four guards in a room were they tried to get money of him. The Swiss guy was taken to a VIP room in a nightclub and drugged by two girls, the girls and security guards of the club would later rob him off all his money... Shanghai is a very dangerous place people, please be careful.
The next morning we sailed off to Japan. Once we reached open water the sea got pretty rough. It was hard to stand still and to walk around. A lot of people got seasick during the day but luckily for me I did not have any problems! The next day the sun was shining and the ocean started to get calmer. I was on deck chatting with an English traveler (Gareth) about Mount Fuji in Japan, we both want to climb it so we will meet up later during our trip and do it together. After an relaxing boat trip of tree days I arrived one day later at Japan.
I checked in at hotel Raizan South and had to do my dirty laundry first. Looking for a solution to hang my cloths to dry I ended up tying my shoe laces together :). The first place to visit was a traditional Japanese castle. The rest of the day I walked through the city center of Osaka and enjoyed watching the Japanese people. In Osaka a lot of people ride there bike on the sidewalk, they are not allowed to cycle the street so they zigzag between people at high speeds. The people are also very disciplined, if a light is red they won't cross the street at any time.
The next morning I bought a day ticked for the subway, so I thought... The gates would not open so the attended came racing out off his offices. I had to give him my ticket and he told me to wait. After some seconds he came back with a new ticket and he also gave me some money back because this ticket was cheaper! The Japanese are very friendly and helpful people :). I got on the metro and went to Shitennoji Temple were people from the Buddhist religion pray. Next I went to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, there was a route of 900 meters that went past all sort of fish. In the evening I got my self a very tasteful bole of noodles at a Japanese restaurant and enjoyed the city at night from the Floating Garden. My last stop was Dotonbori the largest shopping street through the city.
I went to Shin-Osaka station to Hiroshima station by bullet train. I was a bit chocked of the price since I had to pay €75,- for a train ride of 300 kilometers... After checking in at my K's House hostel I went straight for the A-bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park. It was very impressive to see and it also started to sink in what had happened at Hiroshima... Next I visited the Peace Memorial Museum and learned a lot more about the horror of the A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima. After feeling a bit overwhelmed I went back to my hostel were I rested for a bit. At some point a Australian guy came in and after chatting for a while we decided to go out for dinner at a Okonomiyaki restaurant. Okonomiyaki is a very tasteful Japanese delicacy made from egg, noodles, vegetables and meat or fish. After flushing the Okonomiyaki away with some beers at a Irish pub it was time to call it a day.
I started up really slowly and went out for a walk in Hijiyama park. For some reason I kept getting lost in the park... So I decided to go back to the Peace Memorial Park again. I looked at some monuments and went for a coffee. While I was sitting down and looking at the map of Hiroshima I saw that there was a baseball stadium named MAZDA Zoom-Zoom. I went back to the hostel wondering if there would be a baseball game tonight... I was told at the hostel that Carp Hiroshima was playing against a team from Tokyo and that tickets were still available. I bought tickets straight away and went to the stadium. The game took more than four hours and Carp eventually won with 12 against 9. The atmosphere and enthusiasm of the people in the stadium was awesome and made it one of my highlights so far. Once I got back I booked a bus ticket for the next day to go to Kyoto.
The next morning I woke up with a smile on my face and went to the bus station. Until now I'm having a real nice time in Japan and looking forward what Kyoto has in store for me!
Foto's bij verslag (12)
30 september 2014 12:04 | Door: anneke
Mooi verslag, wat een verschil tussen Chinezen en Japanners
30 september 2014 12:19 | Door: Marius
Tja , zo zie je maar weer dat je altijd voorzichtig moet zijn. Veel plezier verder met je trip :-)
30 september 2014 18:58 | Door: wim en els
mooie verhalen en leuke ervaringen jóh en nog vele te gaan,
Gr Pa en Ma
1 oktober 2014 19:21 | Door: Lennard
Je maakt wat mee. Ppfff. Rare jongens...die Chinezen.Beter in Japan. Merk je wat van de Formule 1 grand prix van suzuka? Is dit weekend. Tot he volgende verhaal. Gr. Lennard
2 oktober 2014 13:09 | Door: Akiko
watashi wa Akikodesu. Watashi ga sutajiamu de anata no tonari ni suwatte, oishī ryōri o ataete iru. Amarini mo warui watashitachiha sotodashishinai. Watashi wa anata o kesshite wasurenaidarou. Akiko.
13 oktober 2014 10:58 | Door: els vilten
hallo erik ik ben een collega van je moeder en mag met veel plezier je mooie ervaringen lezen.
doe voorzichtig en heel veel plezier.