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We were driven to the Chinese boarder control. Everything was fine until we showed our "Return Home Permit" (the permit for Hong Kong/Macau residents to enter China) alongside with our blue HKSAR Chinese passport at the customs. It took them a long time to go through our documents. We guessed we may be one of the very few people who have ever crossed this boarder with such documents in the past decade.(The visa-free arrangement ...
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 ...
... the kids have a makeshift outdoor icerink and are skating and playing hockey which is interesting to see.
Stock up on lunch supplies from a surprisingly well stocked little shop and go back to the station, eat, then (still passportless) the train arrives back in the station about 3 hours after we arrived, so we get back on the train.
Customs inspect our compartment (we have to leave whilst they do this), then our passports ...
... trackies. Number 2 - do not climb up to your bunk wearing shoes of any kind, train or not! Number 3 - when climbing off the bunk - make sure you don't touch the floor with your socks, put your feet in your train shoes. Number 4 -- if you have the top bunk, only venture to the bottom bunk to eat or if invited by your bottom bunk mates! If you have the bottom bunk - be prepared to share your bunk with the upper bunk mates when they are eating or want a chat. Number ...
... to places that public transport doesn’t go - if you can speak Chinese, ask a cab driver if they know of any travellers who might be interested in booking a car together. They often give their cell phone numbers to travellers for this reason. If they know the price of the car is too expensive but that you will think about it if you have another person to split the price with, they will try and help you out. The best ones to ask are those who pick people up from ...
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