|Took a horrible bus journey in the middle of the night from Yichang (where our boat docked) to Wuhan... In typical Chinese style, what we think happened was they overbooked the bus we were supposed to be on, meaning we were left in this van at 3AM with an English guy and a Scottish guy sitting in a sketchy parking lot with lots of buses. Finally when Lydia and I got out to regulate, the group of Chinese men squating on the ground started laughing and exchanging glances and unwillingly told us to get out our bags and move to this mini-bus. Half an hour later, a crowd of Chinese tourists got on, with one of them insisting on sitting next to me even though there were lots of empty pairs of seats. What followed was a miserable 6 hour bus ride (which was only meant to be 4 hours), with this man constantly taking up more than his half of the seat.
Our arrival in Wuhan hardly improved manners. We went to the hotel where it was arranged for us to pick up our train tickets. The tickets were there, but they said we could not leave our bags there for the hours before our train. On top of that, we had been charged about Y80 commission for the train tickets to Guilin. We had little other way of getting them, but it was annoying nonetheless.
So now we're sitting in an Internet cafe at the station, awaiting our train and the hope of finally getting some sleep.
Anddd when I wake up in Guilin, I'll get to see my dad! He's in Hong Kong on business, but since we won't be getting there for a few days, he's staying the night in Guilin to see us! I can't wait.