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3/10 Stage 50 Chita to Aginskoe. Km 160.
4/10 Stage 51 Aginskoe to ? Km. 120
5/10 Stage 52 ? Borzya Km 120
6/10 Stage 53 Borzya to Manzhouli km 130 ( spent lots of extra km, finally did not find my booked hostel.
Friday the 3/10, I finally left Chita and my friends Oleg and Stan early in the morning.
A clear, very cold day it was on my way to Aginskoe, 160 km away.
By lunch, my hands ...
... had no idea where we were and how we could get to the train station. So we needed to take a taxi which cost 10 yuan in total (everything was so cheap in rural China :) ). Since we were delayed for so long, it was a bit of rush for us to sort out our train tickets. At the real time display board it showed that there was only standing tickets left (!), but luckily, since we were stopping at SiPing rather than Beijing, there are ...
We arrived at Zabaykalsk at about half 5 in the morning. It was the 3rd day in a row we saw the sunrise. After getting off the train, we followed the stream of passengers and arrived at a bridge which crossed the railway station to the coach station. We took the coach where most Chinese chose (we could speak Mandarin). Everything was so swift, or put it this way, in a rush. The coach to the boarder line cost 100 rubles, then we needed ...
... gone to have its bogies changed yet so we should have enough time to have at least a bit of a look! The provodnitsa indicates that we can walk across the bridge too – and says we will leave in 6 hours! So we will be at the border for 3 or 6 hours depending on who you talk to!
Walk into the border town, which looks more like its in a war zone! We don't go too close to the chinese border but we can see it. The town is very run down ...
... vodka on the train. When we asked our various carriage mates they all shook their heads vehemently when we asked if they drank vodka. Perhaps the older generation drank vodka, but the people we met didnt. And they had a couple of beers, but there was no major drinking going on on the train. The train was also very family friendly, there were lots of families travelling platskartny, so no major parties.
The people we met were intrigued as to why we were doing a ...