Yangshuo to Kunming via Guilin, China

Yangshuo Travel Blog

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Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2nd class.

We woke up at 10:30, which was a little later than we had planned, to get our stuff ready and check out.  The manner of delicately packing my bag no longer exists, as I have discovered the best method is to cram it all in there and pad it around with clothes. I always tend wake up a little after Lexi as she showers faster than I do, also this allows me to let her pack her stuff up first removing most of the clutter from my own debris. After packing we were feeling a little peckish so we set out for some traditional Chinese McDonalds. Something light and easy to order to keep us sugared up till much later. While at McDonalds the rain started to come down, eventually turning into quite the shower. Lexi found it more welcoming than I did as I sprinted from tree cover to tree cover.

Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2nd class.
The rain kept getting thicker and thicker to a point I believe even Lexi did not appreciate. We got back to our hostel and proceeded up to outside our vacant room to use the internet. The rain was still beating down getting harder every minute.

We did not have much to do except browse the internet till our bus (particularly as the rain makes virtually everything stop in Yangshuo), but we did not spend long on there as some other people from the hostel wanted to use it. The rain at this point had turned in to what seemed like torrential rainfall. The steps of the hostel, which were made of tile, forced the water in to a mini waterfall as it ran down, looking very dangerous indeed. The water had not eased up at all by the time our bus came. I had by now applied my waterproof cover to my big bag and we were waiting at the bottom of our hotel in our waterproofs hugging the nearest wall for some shelter.

Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2nd class.
I had been informed the bus would come pick us up from the hotel to stop us trudging through the rain. After a few minutes it arrived, a man running out to open the luggage compartment and ushered us over to take our bags. The hotel was on a hill which funneled the water to the curb creating quite a current. Lexi, wearing her waterproof hiking boots, was less apprehensive about stepping in it to throw her luggage on board. Me being the exemplary gentleman decided not to go into the water but throw my luggage at her instead as I ran for cover inside the bus. Safe and moderately dry I settled in at the back of the bus in the middle where my legs could fit, Lexi joining me not long after, and so the journey began for Guilin.
Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2nd class.

The drive to Guilin went quite fast, the rain was not following us and Guilin was quite dry to both our relief. I had planned to get a book for the long journey to KunMing, after using my number one source, Google, I heard of one that boasted an English section further in to the city. Having an hour to spare we grabbed out bags and headed in the direction of the shop. A seemingly long walk later we arrived at the underground book shop. Peering around and eventually giving up on being able to see any English section I asked one of the staff, and by ask I mean point at a book and say the word “English” in a dumb question like manner. She pointed me to the far corner. As Lexi and I got there we discovered that when it said “English books” on the website it merely meant more like English learning books, a few SATs books and so on, so we left.

Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2nd class.
We arrived back at the station with about 30 minutes to wait which meant we could board the train.

Onboard the train Lexi and I settled in to our top bunks, which are the smallest height wise, and got out the deck of cards. There was another foreigner below Lexi, a small young guy with blonde hair who spoke fluent Chinese and was learning to read it. The journey was boring and we did order some warm food which to me was over salted but Lexi enjoyed, I just filled up with rice. Soon after we got in to our beds and listened to my iPod to sleep.

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Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2n…
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Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2…
Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2n…
Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2…
Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2n…
Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2…
Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2n…
Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2…
Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2n…
Inside a Chinese sleeper train; 2…
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