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Boarder Crossings, Birthdays N Local Dinners

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya, Good Bye Vietnam and Hello China! I remember how worried I was waking up on the morning of the 18th. It was time to move on to a new country, new food, new people and another new language. In a previous entry I had explained how worried I was about entering China. So many people I had met had told me how hard it was travelling there and none of were solo travelers. The following is an email to a friend that covers the border crossing and my first few days in the lovely town of Yangshuo. Having returned to Yangshuo on so many occasions since my return to China it really isn't the town I entered seven years ago. _______________________________________________ Hey to you all, Here I sit in Yangshuo in the country of China. It is just what I was looking for and needed to find to help soothe my 'China Worries'. It is such a pretty little town. It reminds me of both Ko San Road and Hoi An with cobbled streets and Cafes with movies. You actually choose where to eat by what movie you want to watch. Each café has a VCD Board out the front informing everyone of what will be shown and at what time. Tonight I shall watch both the new Bond movie and the new Austin Powers. The boarder crossing was great. At the Hanoi station I met three girls whom were going south and wanted to go to Nin Bin and do the river thing with those horrid ladies. I told them how they had refused to return to Nin Bin until each person had made a purchase. They decided against it so we sat chatting for hours. After they left I ran Misha and Sandra, a couple from Holland I had met on several occasions. They had changed their itinerary and instead of going to Thailand they went to China! How cool for me! Once the train arrived I found my sleeper and was sharing with a great Korean couple named Genie and Lee. Genie lives in Pusan in Sth Korea where in a few months I hope my ferry will go to when I cross from from Japan. So now I have a place to stay for my first few days in South Korea. After an hour or so two really loud Americans dropped in to say hello. We all got along fine and they stayed with us. One actually lives in Beijing where he is a foreign teacher so I'll be staying with him when I get there. Throughout the night we shared beers and even a small birthday cake as it was Genie's birthday. We parted the train at the boarder and we were all together getting our passports done. How worried was I when they weren't going to let me through due to the date and exit town changes. They allowed everyone else through and were in the office passing my passport back and forward. The big guy kept shaking his head and passing it to another person. Thankfully one of them over heard me talking to Misha telling him that the immigration in Hanoi said not to worry about it due to the other two dates saying the 18th when I went there to get my boarder pass changed. They had also noticed that it was Genies birthday so everyone was in a great mood. Finally the big guy looked up and smiled and sent my passport back with a new stamp of approval. On the Chinese train to Nanning I was sharing with Misha and Sandy. The sleeper was so plush compared to the Vietnamese trains with a heater and even hot water in our cabin! We arrived in Nanning at around seven in the morning and after several hours of running around with an old lady and her friend we finally found a place that would change our money. Not much English here baby! We then boarded a train to Guilin. Here we tried so much to communicate with the locals. It's going to be a difficult journey! I also finished Bryce Courtney's 'Jessica'. Man isn't that a moving story. I gave it to Shelli, a Spanish girl travelling with us. Shelli and I spent an amazing day walking the little dirt roads and fields out of Yangshuo. We walked for miles and come across a mother and daughter pulling a cart with a huge log on it. We helped them push it up the hills and to their house where they wouldn't allow us to leave until after we had shared lunch with them. What a truly amazing experience. They knew no English and we knew no Chinese but it was just beautiful. I am such a lucky person! We will all part in about three days with Shelli, Misha and Sandy all heading off towards Hong Kong. I going to head to across to the other side of the country to a city called Kunming (about 29 hours). Oh yeah, Heffernan's name is really Memphord not Heffernan! I really have no idea where I got that from.

I only found this place today and there doesn't seem to be a lot of internet here so I am unsure how often I will be able to write home. It also seems I am really travelling in the wrong time of the year (financially) in China. Everything will soon go up by around thirty percent due to it soon being Spring Festival or Chinese New Year. Bugger! Anyhow, it's time for me to make this computer available to another. The internet is very poor and it keeps kicking me off. Thank you to the person who told me that whilst in China to write emails in Word first and then paste them into my email. I tell you, there has never been a truer word spoken! That's it for now, Cheers N Beers to you all....shane __________________________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was by Machine Head The album was Year of The Dragon. Awesome N ROOOAAAAR!

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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