Bei Dai He, 01/10/2005 at 23:00
Day 16: Xing An – Golden Coast, Ghost City at the Beach
Yipiiiiiiieeee – dry all day ! We passed a few village markets and were followed by school kids by bike. Halfway throgh this ride we entered a wine district where we had lunch in yet another family restaurant. Very nice experience where we met student Yue Li who was very happy to practice her English and actually see that it works. Very few foreigners come to Chang Li for her to practice on – we were the first ! Her father – a grape farmer – presented us with the overwhelming gift of a few kilos of grapes, which Jolanda more or less willingly transported to the Golden Coast on the back of her bike. On the way we saw “fields” of drying noodles.
The Golden Coast seemed to us to have had its “Golden” time. The city was dead besides a dozen half-open restaurants and hotels.