I have learned a few more lessons from Our Great Leader (LOL), aka, China. First, coffee shops are very hard to find outside of HUGE metro areas (unless you can read Mandarin!). We spent the first hour of our day -long layover in Changsha seeking coffee, and had to settle for the burnt flavour of Starbutt’s ;-)
Second, smoking is allowed on the trains, in a space between the cars, where the door remains open. We were 3 seats from the conjoining-cars. Third, make sure there is no construction near your hotel. Fourth, book flights instead of trains (due to the damn smoking). Fourth, wear a damn mask whenever pollution count is above 50, even when the sun is shining and it looks deceptively clear. Fifth, take antihistamine, sinus, and headache meds on every trip.
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