I went out in the morning to get some cash and had a bit of a tumble down a step I didn’t see. The security guard at the bank just stared at me, and people walked past as I was lying on the ground in the mud! I learnt my lesson that Chinese footpaths are just as hazardous as the ones in Vietnam, and that people don’t stop to help!
I then got the metro from my hotel, changed trains and then headed to Shenzhen North station to get my train to Guilin.
G2904 High-Speed Train from Shenzhen to Guilin
I had decided that I would pay the extra and get a first class seat on the fast train. It was quite nice but very full – every seat was taken. I’m glad I wasn’t in cattle class!
By this stage my knee, ankle and back were killing me from my fall that morning, so I decided to get a taxi to my hotel. When I opened the door to my room, I was blasted with the stench of stale cigarette smoke. I was so exhausted and in pain, I just curled up on my rock-hard bed in the smell and had a nap.
I went downstairs to get some dinner, and the local markets were on, so I wandered around for a bit, had a beef and potato dish for dinner, then went back to my hotel. The people in reception were nice enough but didn’t speak any English. I did sign language that my room stank and it needed air freshener, so they sent someone up with the spray. I slept like a baby (one that wakes every hour) with my pain killers, rock-hard bed, and stinky room.
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