Day 21: Yangshuo - Guilin - Shenzhen - Hong Kong
Yesterday we asked at the reception of our hotel in YangshuoThe Yangshuo Magnolia Hotel and we were told that the first bus from Yangshuo to Guilin departs at 7 in the morning and has frequency every twenty minutes, until 10 at night. It takes about 1 hour and a half to get to the Guilin bus station, and it costs 20RMB per person.
This data is for the express bus that tells us not to stop, if you take the local for many stops so it takes much longer to make the tour.
So as you can imagine today we have to get up early and at 6.30 in the morning we are already checking out and picking up our 200RMB deposit, something usual here in China that you will find in all hotels. You must leave a bit, usually 100 or 200RMB of deposit that is returned at the time of check out. With everything already closed and seeing that the streets at this time of the morning are deserted, we ask that you call us a taxi to go to the Yangshuo North Station, which is 2 kilometers from the hotel and downtown.
We pay 25RMB (something expensive for what the journey is, but being a taxi called from the hotel, what we have to say is a private car) and just when we arrive we see that the train is about to leave bus from Yangshuo to Guilin, so we load our bags and there we go.
Today the day is gray again, and reminds us of the fate we had on the day of the Li River cruise to Yangshuo, being able to enjoy a sunny day.
We arrived at Guilin at 8:40, yes, making several intermediate stops, so in the end we have the doubt if we have taken the express or normal bus.
Just get off the bus we find several taxis to which we show our note with the text «please we want to go to the Guilin north train station«, Made by ChinaDIYTravel, they have helped us a lot and without which we would have had more than one problem seeing that here, even if you carry a map and signs, they do not understand you.
They ask for 60RMB and as we see it quite expensive, even knowing that it is about 30 minutes from the bus station, we decided to try our luck and we went to the general road, which is right next door, and we stopped at the first one that passes.
We show the paper written in Chinese, it confirms that we can come up with a nod, and plug the meter in without asking. Result: 22RMB. Imagine the price difference!
We enter the train station of Guilin showing our train tickets and go directly to the waiting room where we have a picnic breakfast with some buns that we buy in one of the shops we found.