My Third Week trip to Jingxiu
Trip Start Aug 21, 2008
13Trip End Nov 2008
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It was an adventure in the realm of Chinese bus transportation. First the bus we needed no longer comes the the bus terminal here. This is something you need to be careful of. Many places in China have so many bus systems going that they for some reason pick and choose which buses can now enter the bus station. I guess it is a little like the Airports and the number and control of the gates. We had to go and find the most logical place for buses going in the direction we wanted and wait there. After asking several people my guide was able to determine that we had to walk to the south end of town to catch a bus going north
Finally we made it to the city of Jingxiu all in all almost 4 hours and 4 buses later
The hotel was not pre-arranged. So I was told sit there, sit there and off she went to find a hotel. I stayed and had my noodles. When she came back she said she had found a nice hotel close by. It turns out the place is owned by a old gentleman who had returned to China 35 year ago from being a successful grounds keeping on a golf course in New York. It is very interesting. Here had not spoken english for years. Not to many foreign tourist come to this remote area. The rooms were ok a bit spartan but for less then $10 a night what do you want the Ritz. I was cold there no heaters but big quilts kept me warm.
After getting settled in we decided to walk around the town. The town's main street run on either side of the river. I kept seeing these little motorcycle cars and said lets take one. Monica, my guide said why we can walk and see. I said lets just find out how much for them to drive us around and show us the local spots
The next day we made arrangements with our jitterbug driver to take us up the mountain to see what we can see. I think that is a song. As we started up the steep roads we slowed down to a crawl. A van past us by and stopped. The drive came over to us and said he is not going to make it come along with me. My guide talked for a while and it was free and we paid our driver so he was happy. It turned out that this was the workers bus and they were taking the some venders and workers up to the mountain tourist spot. We arrived at the parking area and I went and started looking at what the venders were setting up. My guide took off to get some information
When we got back down our little trek about 2 hours we had to start thinking about a ride back down the mountain. The workers van did not go down till that night. As we where thinking about what to do a number of Chinese business men arrived. All nicely dressed. The began to unload boxes from their cars. Everyone got new shoes to hike the mountian and water and some other things. My guide talked to a few of them and then came back to me. It turns out that the cars were all rentals with drivers from the town and that they were giving up one for free to take us back to town. It was great. The drive from the mountain to town was almost one hour. I would have hated to have to walk it. Once we got back to town it started raining. I mean big time. We were going to go see the local museum but when we got there the STEPS (about 140) was more like a river flowing down it. I thought of all those poor businessmen and their new shoes on all those steps up on the mountain. We told the drive we would pass on the Museum and just to take us to the bus termnial. So off we went back to Yangshuo. I had my couple of days of cooling down.
Back in Yangshuo. I took a walk along the river just in time to see some fishermen with their birds out fishing. Even with the heat and humidity Yangshuo is a fantastic place. Lots of good places to eat and stay.