My harrowing experience on my China trip

My harrowing experience on my China trip

A travelogue by Ms.Mitali Mitra

 

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I would like to share one of my experiences during my China tour. It was a huge group tour of nearly fifty people. The incident happened at the famous Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Our tour manager briefed us about the significance of the place and after that asked everybody to meet at the same point after 30 minutes. Everyone went around here and there on their own clicking pictures and selfie’s.

 

I am also very fond of photography, and was so engrossed clicking pictures that I didn't realize the time pass. When I returned, it was well beyond 45 minutes and shockingly, I couldn't see anybody from our group. I looked here and there but there was nobody. So there I was standing on a foreign land, totally lost.

 

I tried to ask people around me but they just stared at me blankly as none of them understood a bit of English. Instead, they circled me and were all staring at me as if I was an alien from Mars. Tears rolled down my eyes and I felt terribly helpless and sat down then and there on the pavement. My mind had stopped working and weird thoughts kept storming my mind. After sometime with great difficulty, I gained composure and coolly introspected the situation, searched my purse and luckily found the itinerary which had the hotel number and the contact number of the local Chinese guide Lee. I heaved a sigh of relief and approached a policeman who all this while was watching me rather amusingly. Luckily he knew English and helped me call the Guide from his cell phone. After about 15 minutes, I saw a visibly angry Mr. Lee getting down from a car and without uttering a word gestured me to get into it. By that time the on looking crowd had dispersed and only the lone policeman who helped me waved his hand to say bye bye.

 

When I returned to the hotel, the news had spread to all the group members and all of them were standing in the Hotel Lobby equally worried. One of them told me that there was some miscommunication with Lee whose English was just passable and did not properly understand when the others told him to wait for me. But it was a good dinnertime story that night for the group as I recounted the horrifying moments that I went through.

 

Moral of the story is that while on a foreign tour with a group, you must be extra careful about the timings, and keep contact details of your Hotel and guide all times with you( some Hotels also give a card with name number and directions to Hotel in local language to help you in such circumstances) it is unwise to move away from the group and do things on your own - you could get terribly lost and can even have a nervous breakdown like me. But as the saying goes, all is well that ends well. I had a good ending but luck may not smile at all times on every one.

 


 
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A travelogue by Ms.Mitali Mitra

 

Travel is about going beyond the destination. It is a passion. It is about discovering memorable experiences and finding the right set of people to share ...