Anyone speak Chinese?
Trip Start Jun 28, 2009
61Trip End Jan 06, 2010
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It's written in Chinese. I have no idea what it's called!
Reached Nanning, China this morning after a long old train journey from Hanoi, Vietnam. Our carriage and beds were really nice and we were joined by a nice French guy named Guillaume. I think they thought all the white people would want to sit together! We all fell asleep early enough only to be woken at 2am to begin the lengthy process of crossing into China! My goodness!
Everybody was herded off the train with all our bags to stand around while Vietnamese customs scrutinised our passports and found fault with anything they could. Me and Lucy occupied ourselves by watching a cute little frog that was hopping around the station and hiding under our bags. After about 30 minutes we were allowed back on the train (with the bags) and we moved off again.
The next step was to fill out health check forms and one of the train staff came in to take our temperature
Eventually we got our passports back and fell asleep around 4.30 am. I don't think the train even moved off again for about another hour. So far, our most difficult border crossing but I think we always knew that would be the case with China, especially with this being such an important public holiday.
We got to Nanning about 10am and it's very hot here! Definitely going to be in the mid 30s for the next while I'd say. Bit of a change from rainy old Vietnam! We had nowhere booked to stay so we spent about an hour walking around looking for a cheap hostel or hotel. The differences in China started to show immediately! There is almost zero English spoken here. If you approach anybody they just jabber away in Chinese at you so it's very difficult to find anything you're looking for. They also stare at you India style
The people seem very friendly though and we've already managed to get ourselvses SIM cards though we haven't the first clue where to get credit or even how to dial international. Getting the SIMs took about 15 mins of explanation! Another nice little quirk in China is that when they want to show a number on their hands the hold up the same amount of fingers, like us, up as far as 5 but after that they use funny hand signals that look like the evil eye so you have to learn all of those!
Our hotel here has a nice room but the bathrooms are absolutely foul! There's been drips coming from the ceiling for so long there are actual cave formations in there!! We'll be leaving Nanning tomorrow for Guilin, apparently they filmed some of a Star Wars movie there. Should be impressive scenery! Can't wait to get away from these filthy squat toilets anyway!
Love you all!
Adele and Lucy