Beautiful West Lake
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Our train dropped us on the wrong side of town so the four of us grabbed a taxi (luxury option Johnny and I!) and headed to West Lake, where we heard there was a good hostel. We got dropped infront of two night clubs, but noticed down the drive an obscure little sign with the hostel sign so we were at the right place. We couldnt see the lake until we were told it was only 20 meters away from the hostel -hidden by the buildings and huge fence. Yay! We grabbed a four bed dorm- which looked like it belonged in a treehouse- cool- then walked to the lakefront for sunset. We had been told the West Lake was beautiful, and it definately lived up to its reputation. Opposite on the other side were rolling hills, and the lake itself is surrounded by lush trees and vegetation- its hard to descibe- but its gorgeous.
We got up the next day all pumped up as we were hiring biked for the day to explore around the lake. We had to walk to another hostel in the sticks t get them, but 2 bucks for all day was worth it.
We returned the bikes, met up with Mel and headed to the train station. We had tickets booked for Guilin but didnt realise till we got to the station and getting through security that we were told we were at the wrong station. We were meant to be at the one we arrived at the day before!! A chinese lady, Linda, who was passing through saw what was happening and took us to the ticket office and got us a refund- absolute champ!! She chatted with us for a while, about what we were going to do and next thing we knoew we were following her to her train to go and stay at her house for the night!!