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  • Day173

    Retrouvailles à Nanning

    August 30, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Le choc de ma première mégalopole chinoise à vélo est de rouler 25 km en ville avant darriver à destination.. dans la même ville ! Dur, en fin de journée alors que l'on croit enfin être arrivé. Les panneaux n'aident pas, en indiquant généralement la distance jusqu'au début de l'agglomération, soit à 15, 20 ou même 25 km du centre !

    D'un point de vue urbanistique, c'est impressionnant. Ici on semble avoir répondu à l'injonction de développer les infrastrucures de mobilité avant l'urbanisation (et non l'inverse). Les pistes cyclables et vélos en libre service attendent sagement leurs futurs utilisateurs, tandis que d'immenses chantiers de gratte-ciel se terminent. Avenues larges, propres et vides donc... pour le moment. L'architecture des ponts et bâtiments frappent par leur style contemporain. Tout semble neuf ici. Bienvenue dans la Chine urbaine du XXIeme siècle.

    Une fois arrivée dans le bon quartier, je mets près d'une heure à trouver l'hostel. Aidée par quelques Chinois anglophones, que je déniche avec difficultés (apres de nombreux appels à l'aide je finis par trouver un jeune dans une Tea store, puis une dame dans une pharmacie !). C'est une drôle de guesthouse, perchee en haut d'une tour d'immeuble, sans indication pour la trouver. Un petit appart en fait, dans lequel ils ont aménagé deux dortoirs. Les touristes asiatiques sont tous absorbés par leurs smartphones ou par une série glorifiant des militaires communistes à la TV (comme la moitie de la production televisuelle chinoise, semble t-il...). Les echanges ne sont pas facilités non plus par la barriere de la langue. Un hongkongais me dit 2/3 mots pour confirmer que je naurai pas acces au Wifi avec mon telephone français, mais ça s'arrête la. Les filles semblent plus préoccupées par le fait de changer trois fois de tenue dans la soirée que par le fait de discuter.

    Le lendemain je prends le temps d'une virée... à Decathlon ! Je peux enfin remplacer mon caleçon cycliste et un t shirt litteralement en voie de disparition et me sens comme neuve. Je fais aussi une étape à un supermarche à mon goût (Walmart), avant de rejoindre ma famille d'adoption : Betty, Alan et leurs enfants, cette fois dans leur appartement de Nanning. Ils sont toujours aussi adorables. Betty me sauve d'un torticolis douloureux et bien installé par un massage, Alan m'aide à nettoyer et regraisser mon vélo, puis a refixer les drapeaux écroulés depuis le Vietnam, les enfants sont mignons... La balade nocturne dans un immense parc bien aménagé, de part et d'autre du fleuve, m'en met plein la vue. Des centaines de citadins profitent de cet espace agréable, ouvert toute la nuit. Des reliquats de liberté là où ne les attend pas forcément....
    Je repars requinquée, rhabillée, le cou de nouveau détendu et les sacoches et l'estomac pleins !
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  • Day156


    October 5, 2015 in China ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    In Nanning we stayed with Ginkgo and her cute pug Haru :) We had a long walk in a huge park with a pagoda, different temples and many orchids. In the evening, we ate at a busy nightmarket, which had so many different and interesting foods like mango-ice-cream burritos.Read more

  • Day37

    Thomas the tanked engine

    October 19, 2016 in China ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Argh, If I take an overnight train again it would be too soon. Shame that I have another 4 nights of overnight trains to complete on our journey home. Luckily for me the time between them and now is a lot longer than our last rendezvous on an overnight train. Anywho, after a night of broken sleep in between train hoots and clickety clacks, I awoke instantly alarmed to our Chinese cabin man standing over my bed with his arm over my face attempting to plug his cellphone charger into the socket adjacent to my bed.

    Even though exhaustion was seeping through my pores, there was no getting back to sleep after such a sight and I decided to watch some episodes of the Big Bang Theory and consumed articles of our food bag for breakfast until Jamie awoke from his blissful slumber. I'm so jealous of his ability to sleep right now.

    By the time Jamie awoke properly it was nearly 10.30am and I had battled hours of doing everything in my power to not finish the most delicious garlic crostini I have ever tasted before Jamie got to sample any. Being bored out of my brain, the next food break was the only thing I had to look forward to and before I knew it, it was time to head to the restaurant car to grab some lunch before getting off the train. As determined last night, the only two vegetarian options were ordered and I looked forward to my egg and eggplant dishes to give me some proper sustenance instead of the snack food that has plagued my diet whilst being on the train. Our eggplant was brought to the table quickly followed by a plate of cabbage. Incensed, tired and hangry, I made Jamie ask if they had made a mistake but it turns out the kitchen had run out of eggs. I wanted to cry but instead drank my beer and ate my rice in silence cursing China for the 1 millionith time in 5 days.

    We returned to the cabin to prepare to get off at Nanning and switch to our overnight train to Hanoi (oh yeah I forgot I had another night on a train). At 3.35 (our supposed arrival time), we arrived in a big pretty station called "Nanningdong" where everyone was seemingly getting off, so we strapped on our bags and jumped off the train thinking we were so awesome and we got this train stuff down. Our arrogance lasted all of 5 minutes when we realised that we had got off a station too early and now had to negotiate the ticketing hall with our minimal Mandarin to try and get another train to the right station. Fortunately, we had 2 hours or so until our train departed the actual Nanning Station, and by the time we boarded the train to take us to the right station, we had eaten into that time by 45 minutes.

    The Nanningdong station was fancy and new and came equipped with lots of fine food outlets which would have been perfect to grab some more hearty products that would suffice for dinner in case our next train didn't have a restaurant car, however given our limited time there we thought we would wait and grab some food at Nanning Station because if international trains departed from there they surely must have better food options right? WRONG. On arrival at the station, we quickly determined that we were in some glorified warehouse with the only food options now avaliable in vending machines. With supplies running low, I grabbed a packet of crisps and some things like pockys but in the shape of mushrooms, and they were eaten before getting on the train.

    At 5.40pm we were finally allowed to board our train leaving at 6.09pm, and whilst walking to our carriage we noticed no restaurant car. Once settled in our cabin, our worst fears were confirmed and there was no restaurant car on board. Dinner was now going to consist of our last cup a soups, a muesli bar and apples. Breakfast in Vietnam cannot come soon enough, but we are a little bit unsure what time we actual cross the Vietnam border and our Visa entry is only valid from the 20th October and today is the 19th... so depending on the time we cross it will either be just before or just after the clock in Vietnam strikes 12....

    We made it to the China border at 10.20pm where we were required to exit the train with everything we own and put our bags through additional security checks while awaiting a visit to passport control. This was all done with me muttering under my breath how much I hate China with Jamie nodding his head in agreement. However, for the first time since we arrived in China, everything was pretty straight forward and within 40 minutes we were back on the train and left the station not much later heading towards the Vietnam border. This was probably the only time I have hoped for more time on the train or for it to break down but alas we arrived at the border at 12.20am Chinese time which unfortunately was 11.20pm Vietnam time. We again had to exit the train with everything we own and I was trying every delay tactic in the book and waited for everyone else to join the queue before I joined at the very back. Turns out Jamie could use his UK passport without a visa, so he joked about leaving me on the border to fend for myself while he went on to enjoy pho in Hanoi. Jamie, forever the comedian was lucky that I was so tired that I didnt have the energy to rip up his passport right there for him to find out how funny being left at the border was.

    We got to the front of the queue at 11.45pm and stood patiently waiting for the inevitable problems but they never came, we got our stamps and went on our merry way back on the train (I know such a drama queen). Upon our return we discovered that the bathrooms were shut again and would not reopen until the train left the station which turned out was at 2am. This is when I really regretting not picking up a shewee - boys have it so easy. I couldnt be bothered waiting so it was time for a few hours sleep before the train arrived in Hanoi at 5.30am.
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  • Day205

    Besuch aus dem fernen Westen

    March 22, 2017 in China ⋅ 🌫 18 °C

    Diesen Monat haben wir richtig viel Besuch. Bettinas Freund ist aus Japan zu uns gekommen für einen Monat, Theresa aus Guilin für ein Wochenende und Nathalies Freundinnen, Valerie und Gina, jeweils für ein paar Wochen. Langweilig wird uns hier also nicht 😉Read more

  • Day11

    Die Ausländer unter den Ausländern

    September 9, 2016 in China ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Wir haben es geschafft. Mit deutscher Pünktlichkeit und Hunger. Wir sind also um halb 8 schon da, obwohl um 8:40 Treffpunkt ist. Damit sind wir unter den ersten 20 von 100 Studenten, die heute zum health test müssen, um ein Visum zu bekommen. Blut abnehmen, Reflextest und so was sollen gemacht werden. Eine ehemalige erzählte uns auch mal vom "Löffeltest"......jemand haut dich mit einem Löffel. Mal sehen, ob uns das auch passiert.

    Fazit: man wird nicht mit einem Löffel geschlagen, aber Hygiene, andere westliche Ausländer (insgesamt 9 mit uns) und Personal kaum vorhanden. Um halb 12 geht's zurück (ca. 45min). Just in time, um noch zur Polizei zu kommen 😥
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  • Day205


    March 22, 2017 in China ⋅ 🌫 18 °C

    Unser nächstes Abenteuer ist geplant. Im Mai geht's ab nach Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
    Die wahrscheinlich letzte größere Reise bevor es für mich am Ende des Semesters in die U. S of A. geht 😊

    Doch am meisten freue ich mich darauf, meine Family wieder zu sehen, und einfach mal wieder zum Griechen zu gehen, und Käse zu essen 😜
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  • Day318

    Nanning, China

    December 29, 2006 in China ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    This is the journey to beat them all -

    1. taxi from hotel in Hanoi to bus station.
    2. bus to Vietnam border (3hrs)
    3. golf cart from china border to bus !
    4. bus from china border to Nanning (4hrs)
    5. Taxi to train station (could not get a night ticket)
    6. Taxi to bus station in Nanning
    7. Overnight sleeper bus from Nanning to Guangzhou. (11hrs)
    8. Taxi from bus station to bus station at a hotel.
    9. Bus to Hong Kong border (2 hrs)
    10. Bus from Hong Kong border to Hong Kong (1 hr)
    11. Taxi to hotel

    We started this trip at 7:30 am on one day and arrived in Hong Kong at 2:00 pm the following day , a total of 30.5 hrs.
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Langdong, 埌东

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