review: Let's take the Bus to Lijiang

 

Laziness might not be the only reason why I still haven’t had my driving license. Staring at the cloudless blue on a plane or trying to fathom the theory of space and time from Stephen Hawking on a Railjet (Austrian speed train) will always be my favourite way of travel. Sometimes, when my travel budget reaches its limit, taking the bus would be my next option.

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

A ticket to Lijiang from Dêqên was very reasonable (CNY 63). Just like at the train station, there was a security check.

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

Once passing through, the waiting area consisted of a small food stall selling snacks, a few chairs and some souvenir and a toilet that smelled intensively like the yellow fluid.

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

The boarding was announced 10 minutes before departure. Surprisingly the process was smooth and orderly. From outside the bus looked shiny and well maintained.

Dêqên - Bus Station

Dêqên - Bus Station

Our seats were up front. The interior was worn out and not well cleaned. It took 15 minutes for all seats to be taken by mostly Chinese locals.

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The seat behind us was occupied by an older gentleman, who occasionally puffed us with an odorous moment.

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Leaving Deqên and its suburbs, we reached the mountainous regions. I did not have acrophobia, but when thinking about falling down, my hands started shaking, and I became numb. Luckily, we were in the right lane - the safer one.

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We stopped in the middle of the journey for a car wash and toilet break. I got some deliciously steamed peanuts from the food stall nearby.

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After 4 hours, we finally arrived in Lijiang.