It took me a while to find the baggage hold (called “left luggage”) and even longer to find the tourist information. Thank god they had one. Because the train station in Chongqing is huge compared to the one in Xi’an South.
I found the information after following the signs forever (and getting lost in the process) and asked there how to get to the zoo. I hadn’t read much before but I did look up what to do for the day in Chongqing. The zoo was number 6 on the top 10 list and also within the city limits. Perfect for a day trip.
As it turned out the zoo was only a 30 minutes metro ride away. But before going there it was time for breakfast. With no dinner the night before I was starving, so a noodle soup in a diner next to the train station was quite alright.
Changing the metro line once, I was at the zoo in a flash.
The zoo appeared to me as the green lung of Chongqing. A large and lush areal within the city and full of doting grandparents. I fully enjoyed my day there just walking around, eating ice cream, watching animals and bonding with the locals.
I picked up my bag, got a taxi and with the help of another guy my driver also knew where to go.
Due to lack of water was the harbor in Chongqing closed and we had to get ferried upstream to Fengdu.
So the meeting point for the cruise guests was the national theater.
After another half an hour and at a good rate (love the taxis here, taximeter is on and you have no problem. In China, no problem!), I was back in the organized world of tourist traveling.
I might have gotten a bit of a heart attack when for the first 20 minutes or so I only saw Chinese faces. But that changed when some western looking people arrived as well.
I took my seat and finally at 10pm I made it onto the ship, the Victoria Jenna.
I had booked a shared cabin which was empty on my entry (and stayed so for the trip). After a long shower I headed on the top deck for something to drink and some relaxation time. Yours, Pollybert