Asia | China | Guangxi | Yangshuo – Yangshuo
After learning that the local travel agents charge a 30% service fee for obtaining train tickets, Hector jumped on a Guilin-bound bus to fight through the crowds and buy them himself. All did not go to plan as all hard sleeper tickets had already been snapped up as had all numbered hard seat tickets. This left Hector to choose between buying tickets for a later day or buying a ticket without actually buying a seat and hoping for the best. AS much as we’d love to stay in Yangshuo for several days, we want to be in Beijing by Thursday so that we can get our Russian visas and be on the train to Mongolia in time for the Naadam festival. So hard seat without a seat it was. Not a particularly pleasing thought – 25 hours standing on a Chinese train (or any train for that matter!) but we could always fight for a seat and at least we’d saved a lot of cash! More or less happy with our decision we walked down to the river (the only cool place in town) where hector spent an hour giving Spanish lessons to the locals. I have never seen anyone so keen to learn or so determined to master pronunciation before being happy enough to move onto the next phrase! We managed to find another tasty meal before turning in and praying for a good night’s sleep before the marathon train ride.