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My China bus-trip saga

From: Australia New South Wales Sydney @oldghost Time : 2018-07-28 15:18:34

There is some kind of disconnect between me and buses in China - I love the slow all-stops K-class trains, and ruan-wo or yingwo but not shangpo (hard or soft seating, but not upper bunk!), although Fujian-Beijing is rather painful (two nights!).  I hope one day to make the BJ-Moscow trip.  Yet buses seem to be another matter altogether.  The best bus trip I ever made was BJ->Chaoyang, passing under the great wall by tunnel, something never envisaged by emperors over the centuries.



So the river cruise to yichang and san xia daba involved a connecting bus somewhere near Chongqing the the ship port on Changjiang, and this was directly following the nightmarish trip back from Jiuzhaigou (a wonderful place, only the bus was terrible). (Sorry about so many parentheses!)



I was dumped from one bus without explanation somewhere in Chongqing, no idea where, but a bus turned up shortly.  It was already late evening, and the typical Chongqing fog was descending. The bus was about 3/4 full, and drove for an hour or two along an increasingly deserted highway, as the murk descended, and visibility decreased.  Finally we could see ahead a flashing light, and a vehicle appeared out of the gloom.  Police had placed barriers across the road.  I found out they were instructing us to turn around, zero visibility.  Then everyone on the bus came up to me, saying 'you are a foreigner, you can tell the police how important you are, and how important it is you arrive on time! haha.  Well reluctantly I tried, danshi jingcha bu yuanyi ting wode shuohua ...Unsurprisingly the police took no heed, so the bus turned around and drove back, back to a train station where I boarded a suburban night train which arrived at the Changjiang port about 6am! OMG was I weary!



The fog followed me all the way to Yichang - a 3 day voyage, I have never seen the sun in Chongqing!  I see the statistics tell me Chongqing has about half the sunshine hours of Sydney.  I have been back there, but after 3 visits still haven't seen the sun, just heard roosters crowing foggy night and day.



老鬼


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From: China 浙江(zhe jiang) 杭州(hang zhou ) @JohnAbbot Time : 2018-10-06 12:44:03 #1

@oldghost - I wrote you an email a while back asking if you would like to start a blog on which you could write about your China experiences. Then while awaiting your response I set aside this thread and another one I thought would work in your new blog. The only problem is I assumed a reply from you would bring the subject back up and remind me to set the threads up if you chose not to blog.

After that I dropped the ball and forgot to follow up with you when I didn't receive a response.

So I'll repeat the offer here. Please let me know if you're interested in switching these travel in China experiences int a blog instead of having them come up here in the forum as threads,

Thanks, John

From: Australia New South Wales Sydney @oldghost Time : 2018-10-07 15:48:38 #2

@johnabbott Oh really Somehow it has dropped between the cracks - I never saw it! Was it an email here, or to my attached email address?  Yes I am interested in having a humble blog of my own! :D  I am not a prolific blogger by any means, however I do on occasion like to write in my inimitable style ... thank you 老鬼。

I am just about to make another trip - for winter in China, studying and casual lecturing, that (winter) will be new for me.

From: China 浙江(zhe jiang) 杭州(hang zhou ) @JohnAbbot Time : 2018-10-08 14:22:52 #3

@oldghost - thanks for the positive response. The address I would have written to would definitely have been your registered address with CLM. However, if you would write to to me from the email address you would prefer that we communicate on regarding blogging, addressed to service@chinalovematch.net, and write "Attn: John Abbot" in the subject line, I will respond to you at that chosen address with the info I require from you to set up your blog.

We'll then await your response and get you started asap.

Thanks again, and we look forward to having you blog on CLM/ALM Blogs.

Cheers, John

From: China 浙江(zhe jiang) 杭州(hang zhou ) @JohnAbbot Time : 2018-11-10 15:38:23 #4

@oldghost - We seem to be having a failure to communicate via email. I sent you a positive response to what I understood to be a positive response from yourself to my suggestion that you start posting threads you have been submitting as blogs instead.

My last email to you was asking for some details in order that we could get you started blogging, but I have received no response. I am assuming that either my email did not get through to you, or if it did, then your response did not get through to me.

Please feel free to submit a reply to this comment by way of a comment back to me @johnabbot and let me know what is happening on your end that might be hampering our moving forward. I won't publish your response but will simply treat it as a communication between us.

Thanks, John

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