I never thought I'd be doing this, I'm leaving Shanghai. Well I knew I'd be leaving Shanghai, but the I didn't think I'd be leaving like this. Saturday night, I was walking near Nanjing Road, a huge tourist and scamming area. The road I was on wass nearly deserted, only a handful of beggars, street cleaners, and cabbies. Ahead of me was Nanjing road, and behind me was some other busy street. I saw a white guy come tearing down the street from Nanjing Road, running like his life depended on it. The street was fairly well lit, and the runner seeing another tourist, me, started yelling for help. I recognized the voice. It was a guy I had met earlier at another hostel. Unfortunately he also recognized me and shouted out my name. Then I saw what he's running from. Two big Chinese guys were running after him. They didn't look like cops. I stepped out of the way as the runner bolts down the road, and acted like a scared and apathetic tourist. The two thugs didn't pay much attention to me. The guy in the lead seeing me step out of the way, ignored me as he tried to catch up to the runner. The fatter guy who was farther behind just kept running. As the first thug was about to pass me, I did something stupid. I stepped back onto the sidewalk and punched him in the chest. Hard. With the force of my punch combined with his speed, the thug went down. I don't think he got up for a while. I took off running after the guy I knew. Finally we stop a few blocks away. Apparently he had fallen for a scam where a pretty young girl gets you to join her for tea. At least he said it was tea, I don't believe him. When the bill came for about 1300 yuan he could only pay a bit of it. So the manager and his employees had a talk with him. The two thugs I saw, were to escort him to a bank machine and get the money that way. My buddy saw his chance and bolted. By a 1 in a million chance he ran into me. So I laid low yesterday to consider my options. Several of the beggars got good looks at me that night, my moron buddy yelled out my name for everyone to hear. Fortunately it was only my first name. Unfortunately I stopped the nasty men from getting their money, and I kind of broke one of their thugs. I don't think they'll look to kindly on that. After careful consideration I've decided that leaving Shanghai will be the best option. So I'm going to be away for the rest of the day. If you don't hear from me by Wednesday, please think kindly of me. Edit: Just found out some new information on my travel plans, I'm going to be around for a few more hours.