Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
Trip End Jul 28, 2008

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The change from the flashpacking of Hong Kong back into the backpacking of China hit us within seconds of being on Chinese soil. We found Lo Wu bus station with great ease. But, of course our bus from Lo Wu, didn't actually leave from Lo Wu bus station. That would be way too simple. After a good 30 minutes of trapsing around we finally found the bus station (thanks to some very good miming of buses!)

The bus journey was quite something. They had managed to fit three aisles of beds along the width of the bus and six bunks down the length of each row. Excited about finding a way to arrange overselves (and our bags) onto these bookshelves we strode purposefully onto the bus, only to be told 'Madam, you no have your shoes on.' I knew my feet had been seriously cold, but I doubted they had fallen off altogether. Some more lovely miming and we established I needed to take off my shoes, adding another item to accomodate in my bed. Rob followed suit and we set about trying to fold ourselves up into the matchbox sized bed. The bus conductor came along a few minuets late and proceded to tie Rob's feet up in a series of plastic bags, a privilege apparently only reserved for the smelliest traveller! The bus journey was terrifing to say the least. Even I with my incredible capacity for sleep was woken up by the roller-coster ride of jolts and breaks and flying around that ensued through the night. Safe to say we were pleased to disembark!

Arrived in Guilin and saw the stunning scenery of the Seven Star Park, including the impressive (albeit with the standard Chinese kitch!) caves. The limestone karst scenery of Guangxi province and beyond is truly remarkable - there is much exploring to be done...
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