Monday, December 17, 2012

Two Speedy Rides in Shaoxing, China

Around 7 this morning I waited for a taxi. I had plenty of time to make it to my destination.

But I waited.

And I waited.

And I saw no available taxis. I realized if I didn't figure something out soon, I would have to make significant changes to my plans.

But then, over the horizon, or actually the hill of a bridge, a possible solution appeared. It wasn't what I had been looking for, but... it might do. So when the driver approached I asked him how long the trip would take.

If he was right, I had a chance. I had no other options, so off we went. After telling him to please hurry, I felt a pang of guilt. But then I considered he probably found this to be a good deal since I had quickly agreed to pay him more than US $1.50--much more than the usual price for this ride.

As he promised, we made it to the station in time. And he didn't even seem out of breath.

So thank you, sir. Your opportune appearance and speedy service ensured I could make it onto another vehicle of speed.

high-speed train arriving at the Shaoxing Train Station in China

Fortunately, I was in a place where you could take a cycle rickshaw to catch a high-speed train.

man with his cycle-ricksha in Shaoxing, China


  1. This has to be one of the most amusing posts!

    1. Thanks. If you ever need a cycle rickshaw ride in Shaoxing, this is your guy.