Around the World in 80 Days
Day 45: 8 November
Talk to a helpful railwayman who tells me, among other things, that we have thirteen stops ahead of us on our 35-hour, 1822 kilometre journey. He's called Mr Cha and has worked on the railways for more than twenty years. I ask him if there were foreigners riding on Chinese railways twenty years ago.
'Oh yes, indeed. But only from countries we were friendly with.'
'Vietnam, North Korea . . . ' He can't think of any more names. He gets off at the next stop and leaves me his cap badge as a memento.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 45
- Date: 8 November
- Country/sea: China
- Place: Guangzhou
- Book page no: 149
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