I went to Nanjing a couple of weeks ago and wow that trip was the worst tour somebody can possibly imagine.
Usually I am a sucker for going on tours, it is fun, I get to see much more stuff, without having to plan anything by myself…it is really relaxing.(Read here why I most of the time love tours)
But not so much this time!
It all started with this tour to Nanjing offered by my university. 400 RMB for the bus, a night in a great Hotel, 4 meals and the entry fees. A real good deal we, my classmates and me, thought at first.
It all started off with a long ride in the bus and then a stop in one of these typical huge Chinese restaurants, which are trying to look super fancy, but just can’t live up to it.
The cold snacks were very Chinese, to say it in a polite way…from strange jelly eggs to spring rolls (which at least tasted good). The rest of the meal was, let’s call it soso. Not bad, not good…the typical stuff you will get when taking a Chinese tour.
Finally we made it to our first sight. It was the Mausoleum from Sun Yat-sen, often called the Father of China. It had 391 Steps (I think, sth like that) one step for every Million of people living in China at that time.
While it was a nice sight, we walked up, enjoyed the view, we were done after 30 minutes. But our lovely guide didn’t tell us that on Zhongshan Mountain there is not just the Mausoleum, but a nice garden and the Ming Tomb too. (I found out about it 10 minutes before we were supposed to meet, no chance to dash over there anymore and check them out)
So they got us to the only free attraction on the mountain and “forgot” to tell us about the rest or I quote : “You can’t go there it is closed now “, when I asked why we didn’t go there.
So guess what I was a tad pissed at that time. Because the Ming Tomb was one of the reasons I wanted to go to Nanjing and also it was written on the Itinerary we got before we signed up for the trip…Welcome in China, you never get what you want.
After that we headed to another Chinese restaurant for Dinner, again driving forever in the Bus, the restaurant was located somewhere on the outskirts of Nanjing, but hey at least we got a peek at the city wall -.-
Food the same then before, no use wasting words on describing it.
Then at 8 we finally arrived at our Hotel. Have to give them some credit for that at least, it really was a nice and quite luxerious Hotel. We had Double Rooms, the beds where pure heaven and the first 10 minutes all of us where checking out every corner of the room.
Then we got ourselves some beer and afterwards we took a taxi back to the city center. If we wouldn’t have went out, we wouldn’t even have seen anything from Nanjing. Kinda sad right?
Clubbing was great, there is a large international crowd, clubs were decent, music not to bad and loads of street food. Just head over to Shanghai Lu and enjoy 😉
As you can imagine I didn’t get much sleep, but I still forced myself to get up and go for a breakfast, which was actually really good. I gave my key back with a 10 minutes delay and then I had to wait.
I guess it can be very difficult traveling with a big group, but please if you have a set time everybody is supposed to meet up, then don’t go partying in the evening if you can’t get up in the morning-.-
After a more then 1 hour delay we left to have check out the Presidential Palace, Sun Yat-sen’s former recidence and former headquarter of the emperor. It was great…you got an idea on how the officials worked, got a bit of a history lesson and then you could take a stroll through a very nice Chinese Garden.
But again people were late. So no shopping at the Bazar.
We went for lunch and for some reason the guides and teacher just didn’t move. We were sitting around forever after the meal. I guess they did it on purpose so that they’d have a reason to skip the Confucius Temple. Which they did, because it was too “late”.
So back into the bus and bye-bye Nanjing, from which I haven’t seen anything at all…
Wasn’t that the most lovely trip ever???
I understand, it lots of people, from different cultures, all like to travel in different ways…but still I hate it when people are too late…you are not alone on a tour, so don’t be selfish…and then the fact that the guide and teachers were wasting time on purpose wasn’t that much nicer either…
I learned my lesson….I will travel alone again and if I do a tour, then one not organized by my university, which was well absolutely unorganized. I will pick a tour with a set Itinerary and were I actually can ask them to give me my money back if they don’t stick with it-.-
But this definitely left a sour after taste, no tours for me during the next time-.-
Even so I have to say I at least had a lot of fun with all the people at the tour!!!
Nanjing has so much to offer and looks like a great city, maybe I will visit it again if I get the chance =)
Sorry about this rant, but geez I really had to share this stupid trip with somebody xD
Fun Party +No Sightseeing = School Trip