Here’s another China journal back from the late eighties. I mentioned dog only once. Here is a longer commentary.
Continuing my 1985 diary of a trip to China
The bus next stopped at Huaquing Hot Springs, where we were offloaded for three hours. It was bitterly cold. We ate jaozis in a shack and had a look round the springs. People were queuing up for baths and the surroundings were beautiful – but cold. Every tea house was closed. We asked a woman outside a pagoda where we could rest or eat.
‘Mayo,’ she said. ‘Not have. All closed.’
We trailed off, and then Elspeth, who had looked through the windows of the pagoda, said: ‘There’s loads of settees in there. I bet they serve tea.’
‘Right,’ said Cheryl, so we went in and asked the woman for tea.
She looked at us in astonishment. ‘Oh, you want tea?’ She was amazed that we wanted tea, when we had said we had wanted two different…
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