Magun's Compass - Online Home of Nomadic Gatherings Travel Notes Nomadic Gatherings: Travels in Asia and Australia Nomadic Gatherings Michel Guntern (Author) 4. Colonial Gateway - Guangzhou

Today the population of Guangzhou is over 5 million, and the town is influenced by money from Hong Kong and Overseas Chinese.

I didn't want to leave as soon as I arrived, but I was advised that since an available ticket could take at least three days, I should make an onward ticket my first priority.

With the help of an Hong Kong Chinese girl, we tried the station booking-office. A mass of people queued, pushed, sweated, spat, or dejectedly sat around bags of humble possessions tied up with string.

There was one train a day to Shanghai that left at 8.25 in the morning and arrived the following evening.

The station was only good for same-day tickets, and if I wanted a sleeper in a few days time it would be better to go to the China International Travel Service (CITS).

I thanked Mi Lu, and stepped out into the mass alone.

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