Days in Transit

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Flag of China  , Guangxi Zhuang,
Thursday, May 5, 2011

May 2
We spent the last day we had in Yangshuo resting from our bike ride and packing up our bags for the trip to Guilin. We did meet a couple from the Netherlands in the lobby and went to supper together. They told us all about Chengdu and Xian and we told them all about Yangshuo (they just got there) and what was good to see.

May 3
 We woke up and after saying goodbye to the hotel staff we went to our little restaurant for one last meal before leaving for the bus station.
 When we arrived in Guilin we ended up getting turned around because we came out of the wrong end of the station so we had to back track a little to get to our hostel. We ended up staying at the 'How Hostel', it was recently opened and was very nice with new rooms (very big with big bathroom), a resonably priced restaurant with good sized portions and the staff were very helpful with getting train tickets organized for us. We also booked rooms for when we got to Chengdu on the internet at Sims Cozy Geusthouse for 2 yuan a night each for two single rooms (for 5 nights=20Yuan, which converts to about $3.50 CAD!!) We couldn't believe it but we figured we'd book it and if it was a mistake the place looked nice enough anyway and we weren't losing a bunch of money. We played some cards and watched a movie before going to bed.

May 4
  Our train left at 1:30 so we waited at the hostel til 1:00 so we wouldn't have to wait at the train station too long. After they opened the gates to let people on the train it was a pushing match to try and get through the crowd but we finally found our car. We put our bags on our bunks just to discover we were in the wrong berth so had to move our bags down the car further, with it packed with people.
  We settled into our bunks for our 25 hour train ride. The hard sleeper's we were in were more comfortable than we thought and we had a decent sleep.

May 5
 During the morning we were trying to figure where we were and when we would get to Chengdu. Our train was late by an hour and a half but we got lucky and it stopped at the North station which is where we wanted to be. We asked a woman where we could find the train staion and she pointed us in the right direction and we got on the correct bus that took us to our hostel.
  When we arrived at the hostel the front desk laughed at the fact that we only paid 2 Yuan a night because they couldn`t believe it either, but we got the deal!! We just ate then grabbed a movie to watch before heading for bed.

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