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... not get into China, my visa is valid until 3/10, and not from the 3/10, as I was sure is the case!
To finalise today: no point of getting upset, there is absolutely nothing I can do now.
I knew before this trip, unexpected things may happen, everything is subject to plans, but sometimes they may change.
I have already swallowed this blow, and start preparing an alternative.
Will update you on my ...
... the coach was stopped again to check our documents. In all situations except for HKSAR and Macau SAR citizens, the boarder control would have stamped on the passport; for us, they do that digitally so that there is another complication that the officer had to collect our Home Return Permit and to ask for higher rank officers for permit to "release" us. At that point, the driver was so annoyed and strolled to us and told us to show ...
... another coach (well, just followed other people) to cross the boarder which cost another 400 rubles. The actual cost was roughly 60 rubles/12 yuan but only if you had your own vehicle so there's nothing you can do to this money-ripping-off-coach. This still saved us a lot then crossing the boarder by train! Check it yourself, we saved at least 3000 rubles by getting off to cross the border like this.
At the boarder, ...
... get off were told to stay on the train so we stayed put too.
The immigration officers come onto the train and we give them our passports. Much shaking of heads and quizzical looks and we understand that they want to see our registration stamp – which we don’t have as our hotel in St Petersburg said it was all done on the internet….so we hunt for the train tickets to prove how long we were in St Petersburg, and this seems to ...
... t bring anything to do, just sleep or stare into space!!! No, in seriousness, it was not that rigid, but it was very interesting people watching. And people really did sleep a lot. You can't sit upright if you have an upper bunk, so you do spend a lot of time lying down. Sometimes you will sit on the bottom bunk and chat to the people around you but a lot of the time people stay on their individual bunks. No one in platskartny seemed to go to the buffet car - ...