Category Archives: transit

The #4

There’s a rhythm to the #4 buses. The bus line terminates at the traffic circle of Renmin Street and Cangshan in Xiaguan. There all passengers must disembark while those waiting at the bus stop get on. But they don’t pay

Featured / One comment

The #4

There’s a rhythm to the #4 buses. The bus line terminates at the traffic circle of Renmin Street and Cangshan in Xiaguan. There all passengers must disembark while those waiting at the bus stop get on. But they don’t pay

Featured / One comment

The Walk to Town

There were only a couple of problems with the apartment. The first was, though it had a kitchen, it lacked some of the luxuries one might associate with kitchens. Like utensils. Or a refrigerator. I gather a lot of Chinese

The Walk to Town

There were only a couple of problems with the apartment. The first was, though it had a kitchen, it lacked some of the luxuries one might associate with kitchens. Like utensils. Or a refrigerator. I gather a lot of Chinese

My Laowai Cloak

I didn’t bring much in the way of clothes for a year in China. About five changes of necessaries, two pairs of pants, a jacket and a hoodie. On top of it all, there is one item of clothing that

My Laowai Cloak

I didn’t bring much in the way of clothes for a year in China. About five changes of necessaries, two pairs of pants, a jacket and a hoodie. On top of it all, there is one item of clothing that

Xinjie to Xinjie

The Road to Yuanyang: Part 4 I shouldn’t be too hard on the Xinjie bus station hotel room. That it had a Western toilet is by all accounts a miracle. Still, despite traveling for 24 hours, I could not bring

Xinjie to Xinjie

The Road to Yuanyang: Part 4 I shouldn’t be too hard on the Xinjie bus station hotel room. That it had a Western toilet is by all accounts a miracle. Still, despite traveling for 24 hours, I could not bring

Xinjie

The Road to Yuanyang: Part 3 You would think, judging by the expressions on their faces, the good people of Xinjie had never seen a white man enter their town by rolling down a dirt-covered hillside with all his belongings

Xinjie

The Road to Yuanyang: Part 3 You would think, judging by the expressions on their faces, the good people of Xinjie had never seen a white man enter their town by rolling down a dirt-covered hillside with all his belongings

Jiangshi to Xinjie

The Road to Yuanyang: Part 2 The woman with whom I switched bunks returned the favor in the morning. She shook me awake with a “Jiangshi!” I had expected Jiangshi to be the last stop. I couldn’t have been more

Jiangshi to Xinjie

The Road to Yuanyang: Part 2 The woman with whom I switched bunks returned the favor in the morning. She shook me awake with a “Jiangshi!” I had expected Jiangshi to be the last stop. I couldn’t have been more

My Last Sleeper Bus – Jinghong to Jiangshi

The Road to Yuanyang: Part 1 If there is a right way to get to Yuanyang, I did the exact opposite. Lonely Planet suggested taking a 12 hour bus ride to the town of Luchun. By the time you get

My Last Sleeper Bus – Jinghong to Jiangshi

The Road to Yuanyang: Part 1 If there is a right way to get to Yuanyang, I did the exact opposite. Lonely Planet suggested taking a 12 hour bus ride to the town of Luchun. By the time you get

My First Sleeper Bus – Kunming to Jinghong

Boarding the sleeper bus, I was surprised to find the seats don’t recline into bunks; rather, there are no seats. There are simply two levels of bunks, upper and lower. The bunks are arranged in three rows—two going down either

My First Sleeper Bus – Kunming to Jinghong

Boarding the sleeper bus, I was surprised to find the seats don’t recline into bunks; rather, there are no seats. There are simply two levels of bunks, upper and lower. The bunks are arranged in three rows—two going down either

Bus to Yangshuo

I headed to the bus station, because, like an idiot, that’s where I assumed one would pick up the bus. The clerk at the bus station explained the buses to Yongshuo left from near the train station. So I walked

Bus to Yangshuo

I headed to the bus station, because, like an idiot, that’s where I assumed one would pick up the bus. The clerk at the bus station explained the buses to Yongshuo left from near the train station. So I walked

My first domestic flight – Xiamen to Shenzhen

If you want to see the New China, go to the Airport. If you want to see the real China, go to the bus station. The bus stations are monuments to mayhem, chaos, and noise. The airports are bright, quiet,

My first domestic flight – Xiamen to Shenzhen

If you want to see the New China, go to the Airport. If you want to see the real China, go to the bus station. The bus stations are monuments to mayhem, chaos, and noise. The airports are bright, quiet,