Basic to modern life
Trip Start Aug 07, 2013
27Trip End Sep 01, 2013
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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
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
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
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 !!