A Travellerspoint blog

June 2013

23 Hour Train Journey from Kunming to Guilin

written in the present tense...

sunny 30 °C

The music is soooooo loud and I've had my earplugs in all day. The A/C is on full blast and I'm freezing. Plus I'm getting bitten alive by bed bugs. AND IT SMELLS.

However I have written all my blog up until today and a lovely lady in the bunk next to me poked me awake to give me an apple.

WHOOP!

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Guilin

It's too hot and humid to do anything...

overcast 37 °C

Today I went to the mall for a bit of cool air. Then I sat around, sweated and chatted to 2 Swedish lads. They looked very like the last 2 Swedish lads I met, plus they had taken the same overland route as the other 2 Swedes - Russia, Mongolia, China etc. Must be a regular Swedish trip.

Later I felt a bit ronery so rang John S to see how he was doing and had a great auld waffle. He riled me up no end and I went back into the hostel bar and ended up playing drinking / card games with 4 lovely US people and 1 realllly racist 21 year old plump chick from the UK. (Good lord love - tone it down a bit - you've been here wayyy tooo long. Go back home there to your fish n' chips!) (That's probably not fair, but she was a d*ckhead.)
Got drunk with the lads. Had a blast. :)

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Xingping

sunny 36 °C

Got a bus to Yangshuo - felt so happy on this bus. The tunes were blarin, the sun was out and the scenery was amazeballs.

Guy selling guns on the side of the road
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I arrived in Xingping about 1pm, dumped my stuff in a whopper hostel called ''This Old Place'', which was so cute and had such helpful staff, and I rented a mountain bike and went to grab a bite to eat. An older US lady joined me for lunch - which was fine except she ate soooo slooowly. She was just picking at her food. I'd eaten my sandwich and she was still picking at her carrots and rice. All I could think of was:
''HURRY UP LADY, I'VE RENTED A BICYCLE AND I'M ITCHIN' TO GET WHEELIN'''
20 minutes later nothing had changed. She'd still eaten nothing and now all that was in my mind was:
''BICYCLE
BICYCLE
I WANT TO RIDE MY BIIIISICKLLLE'' (Queen)
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Eventually she said, ''oh you can go if you like, it rains every day at about 4pm''.
I was like, ''WHAT AND YOU'VE KEPT ME HERE YACKING FOR AN HOUR!!?? IT'S 3pm!!''
But I remained calm and what came out was ''ok so, I suppose I better go if it's going to rain''.

PHEWF! Yep! I still have no patience people - I've learnt nothing. . :D ;)

So after a few hours bicycling around and taking in the whopper scenery, riding over a dead snake and discovering the secret cave was closed, I headed back to the hostel for a shower. Although dunno why I bothered, as soon as you're out of the shower, you're covered in sweat again. Nice.

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Watched Momento in the hostel with a big pizza. :D

Next day I rented a bike again. I didn't want to hike anywhere as I'd had enough hiking for a while, plus the humidity was wayy too much for me.
Today I crosssed the river and am pretty sure I took the wrong road as I ended up on the rockiest dirtrack ever going up and down through the hills of Xingping for ages. It was great craic - pushing the bike up the hill, and bombing it down the other side over the slippiest rocks ever. I'm astonished I didn't go over the handlebars a few times. Twas more thrilling than a bungee jump.

I got totally lost in the hills for an hour or so and got the compass out. I was soaked in sweat and then it started raining. But the rain was a delicious relief. It was brilliant. I saw loads more lovely green mountains, tiny villages, gorgeous valleys, a cool greeny-blue lake and lots of dirt roads.

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Back at the hostel I sat up on the roof with an Ozzie couple and had a Jim Beam and Coke watching the sunset.

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Guangzhou

sunny 32 °C

Today I was once again bolstered by the awesomeness of humanity and the lovelyness of the Chinese people as I got my bus to Guangzhou. All day little auld dears have helped me along and been super friendly and nice to me. Directing me to my bus, taking my shoes, telling me to go to the toilet before the bus starts and waking me up when it was my stop. It was just so cute.

My taxi to my hostel was fairly uneventful, although I did try to pay the taxi driver with a Hundred Yen note and he told me it was a fake! Dammit! Tried the same note (with an innocent face on me) on the hostel dude but he said it was fake too. Doh!
(note: finally got rid of it in the airport in Currency Exchange would ya believe. LOL)

There was an odd but good looking Indian dude standing outside the hostel when I arrived. I thought he worked there as he was asking me questions as I arrived, like 'You checkin in?'', ''where did you come from?'' and ''are you travelling China?''.. It's 2.30am dude - let me get to bed!!
I was glad I'd gone to the bother of booking a bed in a hostel though as there was no way I could have stayed on the bus and slept til day break, (like someone told me I could).

My last day in China was pretty uneventful actually. I walked around Guangzhou for hours. It's alright. A bit breezier than Guilin but still very humid.

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I got a ferry , had a subway, chatted to odd but good-looking Indian dude, weird Chinese dude who kept going on about porn and an even odder Russian dude who I think was a few sandwiches short of a picnic. He told me my plug for my iPhone was ''handy'' and when I said I was from Ireland, he said ''ah well - opposites attract!'' Me: ''eh?'' (Runs away)

Felt glad to leave that hostel full of weirdos but a bit sad to leave China, but then happy to be going to the beach. A Rollercoaster of emotions!

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China Round Up

sunny

Well China was definitely the land of beautiful, amazing and jaw-dropping scenery. But it was also full of other great stuff too.

I had a great cultural week hanging around in Beijing - saw the Art loft, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and did a lot of biking around.
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I had the most fun on the Great Wall of China with the super trooper Michelle.
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Saw the Terracotta lads at Xi'an.
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Had numerous fun encounters on sleeper trains.
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Saw the Mighty Three Gorges and did Karaoke and drank shite with some Americans on a River Cruise on the Yangzi River.
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Saw the most epic scenery at AVATAR LAND.
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Saw Pandas and the Big Buddha with 2 awesome Swedish lads in Chengdu.
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Had some great musical nights with Joao, Stef, Chen and Soh in Lijiang.
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Epic scenery and a great laugh with the lads and gals during the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
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Fell around the roof laughing in Shangri La with a few mad yokes and saw some amazing examples of Tibetan Culture (Without actually going to Tibet)
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HItchhiked from Shangri La to Lijiang with an awesome Dutchman.
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Rofl'd at the lads on stage in the Kingdom of the Little People in Kunming.
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Played drinking games in a hostel in Guilin.
No pictures! Too hot.

Cycled up and down the amazing scenic hills of Yangshuo & Xingping.
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Zai Jien China! It's been EPIC! :)

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