Asia | China | Yunnan Province | Honghe | Gejiu – The James Bond bus
It’s time to leave Gejiu, even though we still havn’t had the time to climb Lao Yin Shan. I was relieved that there would be only one more meal with uncle Li’s boss, the head of Gejiu’s legal office. I guess uncle Li had to justify all the expenses by showing him what important guests we were. My brain turned into mush from too much socializing lately, I dazed through the whole meal.
At the bus station, the driver told us to keep our IDs with us because there are police checkpoints along the way. Once every few years, the Chinese police performs a procedure called ‘intense crime fighting’ to keep the crimes from going out of control, and we happened to come at such a time. I was quite humored. The last thing I look like is a convict on the run. The bus pulled out of the station blasting the theme from a James Bond movie, and the driver drove like a man on a mission. With his sunglasses and tight face, he made sharp turns without slowing down, and never stopped honking as he passed every single car on the road, snobbing all the BMWs that tried to catch up. Having seen a number of aggressive drivers in my lifetime, I nevertheless hung on to the seat and gasped as he barely missed a car coming from the opposite direction during a pass. I might not look like a convict on the run, but certainly know how it feels to be one by now.