In which I take my first ever overnight bus in China
I had a last few days of “freedom” before a busy summer schedule, so I decided to pop 12 hours down the road to Dongguan to visit Agness and Cez, whom I last saw in Guilin at the end of April. We also had some final book stuff to go through – hopefully it will be done soon so keep your ears out for the announcement!
“I’m going to take that to visit Agness and Cez” was the thought that went through my head at the time. And I did. I was really surprised at the bus, it wasn’t as bad as I’d expected, there was even a toilet on the bus!
You have to take your shoes off on entry to the bus, but they leave you handy bags to put them in. I was on the lower bunk at first, but got moved…the guys running the bus were über nice to me after that, putting my extra bag in safe place after they’d caused me trouble!
The top bunk wasn’t so bad. Most of the berths had little cubby holes to put things safely in. Mine didn’t but I managed to get comfy, even though the bed was that little bit short. We had a pillow and quilt – the air conditioning was so good that the quilt was surprisingly welcome!
Sleep-wise, I actually managed some, which is unheard of for me on public transport. I put it down to my awesome, noise-cancelling headphones I bought in New Zealand and also the fact that at about 2am, we stopped for a couple of hours, presumably for the drivers to get some kip too.
The return journey was just as easy, although buying my ticket (which cost 250RMB from Zhangzhou to Dongguan) I was confused as Dongguan to Zhangzhou was 200RMB… Weird Chinese government thing I’m sure.
I’d definitely consider doing an overnight bus in China again, although on my own I think 12 hours is a limit. Not sure they go over that amount of time, but I don’t really have the time to find out now, with only 53 days of work left ahead of me!