And yes, if I did not write the pinyin for the place or even Chinese characters, it is simply because I did not have them at this time. This is a major feature of the Blue Guide as not to give the names of places without pinyin or ideograms, super convenient for travel itself by its own means, surely a more appropriate guide for those traveling with a … guide living thereof.
So, after trying in vain several combinations of possible pronunciations for three syllables, we began to hesitate to change the program. I’m thoroughly scan and rescan the table programmed destinations, anything that could be likened to that, maybe he does not exist actually.
When a sudden flash of common sense, more than genius because I should have thought of earlier: “I can buy a detailed map of Guizhou?” No problem, a few yuan a few seconds and oh … win! I locate Xiangzhigou characters on the card and proudly displays the madame, 香 纸 沟 but of course it is!
“Oh, it’s this one, Xiangzhigou! Yes I know, “she said. It’s not like it was 3:00 that I strove to tell him the joys of tones in Mandarin …
Meanwhile a Chinese, seeing the state of our struggle against our comprehensive intelligence officer, had come to our rescue to save our thinking with his English. Base is not that it helped a lot, but when he had to explain how to get to the other bus station, which she had buses to Xiangzhigou his Mandarin was helpful for us to translate the dialect of the dame. So we had to take the bus 2 on some stations to stop Qianling Park and retrace our steps of about 20 meters on the street Beijing Lu
Well duh, thank you for the Guide Bleu specific information: Fortunately we had a little room on the published departure time of 14 h, otherwise we would go blank.
Finally we come to find the bus station in Guiyang third with which we meet in the day. Tickets can be purchased on the bus located in a courtyard behind the counter, he leaves much to 14h. We have just the time to buy a 蛋炒饭 (dan Chaofan) remove, rice dish with boiled egg and some herbs into small pieces, we’ll eat in the bus until departure. 12 yuan ticket. Information taken the last bus from Xiangzhigou is 16:30. Well we will not have much time, but we can take a look what.
Finally, it was assumed for the accuracy of information of the Blue Guide, which logically we should be wary …
Because instead of 1h15, it is 2:30 it took! Stop every mile or so to embark or disembark people in the middle of nowhere, in a deplorable state road, not paved but mostly naturally slippery and dotted with holes. Good enough to spend two and a half hours to make the jigger, with successively movie crazy soap and historical background, and a mini-bus that is filled to overflowing with people who use it to carry all kinds products and materials up to the roof of the bus. Other travelers seem to be regulars, and obviously some are turning their business deliveries via this bus.
Few scares along the way, but our driver managed well obviously. Fortunately, to pass the time we can see a bit of what happens in the course window fogged up. Throughout the road construction to no end. Road building, pipeline system and grading of land, but even between two sites, with nice landscapes of rice fields that promise good things for our visit.
Except that as time passes, it seems that the visit will be very small. And because when we finally get to Xiangzhigou, it is 16.20. We are 10 minutes in all and for all to go around.
Bus outputs in a small village, a local hastens to come greet us, including we offer a guest room. Naturally he believes that we will spend the night. Except that it is impossible for us, already we have nothing on us, and then we have to start very early in the morning Guiyang if we want to accomplish in the time course of our western Guizhou. Sandrine has barely had time to test the toilets rustic but charming time then invite us humans in question to take a hot tea around the stove.
We see where he is coming from, but no way for us to miss the bus back. I insist that we did, we just have time to take some pictures of this village campaign that promised great hikes that are again our driver, of course laughing ready to see us back.