Wuhan-The Promised Land

This is the second day of my stay in Wuhan: ‘the promised land’, the name I keep teasing Panu with, because he kept putting off everything till we reached Wuhan. After the Tibet adventure, we’re tired and have decided to stay put here till 22Nd. Wuhan I’ve discovered is so much more cheaper than Beijing and I’ve been doing all my shopping here. I went to Carrefour and on the way came across this place where the doves are really friendly or maybe just hungry! They are so tame that they literally eat out of your hands.


Wuhan Daxui (pronounced Tash-way) or university, is transformed into some kind of a tourist place in spring. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom and I saw people getting their pictures clicked in various corny poses. It seems that the university was some kind of a base for the Japs, and they planted thecheery blossoms to feel more at home. A long tunnel which served as a bomb shelter during WWII reinforces the Japanese presence here.

River Yangtze flows through the city and we took a cruise down the river to the other side of the city yesterday. The cruises are not unlike our very own cruise from Gateway of India in Mumbai.


While walking in Hankou, the commercial area of the city we walked into somekind of an exotic meat shop. Apart from the turtles, tortoise, clams, shrimps, there were..hold your breath…snakes, which were selling for 80 Yuan per piece. Pretty steep I must say!Ihaven’t really come across anyone eating snake meat in the time I’ve spent in China. Perhaps its only the upmarket hotels and restaurants which serve snakes.


Someone's dinner

Eating out is quite big in China and more so in Wuhan.At times, the food vendors do not even know the name of the stuff they are selling. I had squid, clams, lotus root, candied fruits stuck on a stick in Hu Bu Xiang, Wuchang. The vendors were even selling snails which I did not have the stomach to taste. There were the famous duck necks as well as chicken feet, which I gave a miss too.


Today in the evening, we had dinner at Panu’s friends’ apartment and we topped off the meal with some Baijiu, a highly potent, clear Chinese alcohol. Its alcoholic strength can vary between 55% and 65%. The one we had was a milder version I guess, with alcohol content of 55% but about one tenth of a medium paper glass felt like I had just had a whole bottle of nail polish remover. It cost a whopping Yuan 500. To put the price in perspective, I guess an example would help. It costs about Yuan 100 for a bottle of Chivas Regal!