02.02.2012 - 02.02.2012 4 °C
Today is yet another traveling day where I am heading onwards to Guilin further towards to south of China which I am flying to save time, and an uncomfortable sleepless train journey which would have taken 26 hours plus waiting at the train station.
So for the morning I am heading out to the art gallery sector that is close to the hostel, so after checking out I manage to get a bus first time alone for buses, to these art galleries. The photos and painting are incredible and the amount of art here, all of which is by local artists is huge, but also pricey, to take an A3 painting away, unformed costs upwards of $3500AUD and this is the first place that has prices in US dollars.
Anyway back to the hostel to pick up my pack and taxi and transfer bus to the airport. Upon arrival I have been upgraded again, so it seems no one buys first class tickets in China, and Westerners must get preference, so I am not going to complain, maybe it's just low season, or maybe because I pay a little more for the better cattle class tickets.
The first class lounge is great, food drinks, slippers if you want, reading material and you are waited on hand and foot which is a little awkward at times when people are waiting for your to finish your food so they can take away your bowl.
It's a 3 hour wait at the airport which I no longer mind as the first class lounge is amazing, thinking of doing this to Shanghai as well. Anyway plane finally leaves for Guilin, and the flight is quick and pleasant. Airport security here is much more intense that Perth, you need a ticket that matches a code on your bag, that you have to show security before you can leave the airport with your luggage. Which makes me think why don't they do that in Australia, so luggage doesn't get stolen at the pick up conveyer belts.
Upon arrival in Guilin, you can catch a shuttle and a taxi or just a taxi, now that I am used to luxury I decided to take the taxi which is a little more expensive, but it's quite late now and just want to get to the hostel. Almost immediately you can tell that it's not Chinas biggest city and definitely one of Chinas greener counterparts, there are lush trees and shrubs everywhere, very different from winter Beijing. It's less cold here (but still freezing) and smells like fresh rain,which I hope won't put a stop to sight seeing tomorrow.
Upon arrival at the hostel the room is the smallest I have been in but is very clean, only there is no hot water, so cold shower and bed for the day.