Basic to modern life

Trip Start Aug 07, 2013
Trip End Sep 01, 2013

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Flag of China  , Guangxi,
Monday, August 26, 2013

Pre blog

After a further trek back to real life we take the bus back to Guilin and after an explore around the town we depart on our final sleeper train (13 hours) to Hong Kong

Live blog

Good morning bank holiday in the uk. We awoke and went to a nearby restaurant for 8.30 and had pancakes or toast.

Afterwards we walked up through the narrow winding paths of the village to the top of the hill and the 'seven stars and moon view'. With low cloud and partial blue intervals the view from the top was amazing. We sat for a while an contemplated and relaxed. Helen sat in some mud. Teenagers !!!

After a lunch with a view with Robert showing us how to hold chopsticks we set off walking down the mountainside to our taxi back to Guilin

A 3 hour bus journey down the hillside with hare pin bends you have never seen anything like in your life. I am sure if I dropped something out of the window of the bus it would land 1000 feet below us on one of the many roads. It would be better on the health if (a) the road service was Tarmac and not potholes (b) there was a safety barrier not just a sheer drop and (c) the road was wider than our bus especially when vehicles came the opposite direction and we were on the outside

Later on as the road got down to the valley bottom our bus fell into a huge pothole and all on the back seat including Helen hit the roof. Tara hit her head and her elbow (well at least she has two elbows!) a couple of days later and the bruising and stiffness is still prominent !

We are now sitting in the waiting room from hell in the train station. A hanger with too many people in, the noise deafening and with Chinese kids running havoc - guess what we are in carriage 13 on the train... I dare not think what tonight's sleeper train will bring.

China is too noisy, far to over populated, cities massive with skyscrapers beyond imagination and with road and rail infrastructure ruining what countryside is left. I hate to come back in 10 years and find what has happened to the lovely mountain villages we have just left. As we were there multi-story buildings were flying up and they were just carving roads around the amazing rice terraces. Once the cars arrive it will be the end of that part of Chinese culture.

We are looking forward to leaving china and its 1.2 billion people and returning to rural Harrogate where simple pleasures of grass fields and peace and quiet avail !!
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Mum and Dad. on

We hope you are not accompanied by bugs on your overnight train from Guilin like we were. They make the journey interesting!!!You must be sorry to be leaving China.It will be interesting to see how you find Hong Kong now it is back under the control of China.

Judith on

Haven't you got the hang of chopsticks by now?!

The roads sound like 'health and safety gone mad' - but maybe not in the way that we usually mean!

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