Wow. What a day.
So in Shanghai we went to book a bus ticket to Yellow Mountain, but all the buses were full for the day. Instead, we took a bus to Hangzhou (half way to Yellow Mountain) and figured we’d take a bus from there to go to Yellow Mountain. On the bus, there was this super loud guy talking on his phone and I wanted to punch him in the face because I was trying to sleep.
In any case, we got to Hangzhou, and when we got off the bus, we tried to buy a ticket to Yellow Mountain, but were told that buses to Yellow Mountain leave from the other bus station … on the OTHER side of town. So, we found some random guy that was soliciting transportation and got him to drive us to the other bus station (about a 30 minute drive). When we got to the station, go figure, the bus station was closed. My friend, on his way back to the random guy’s car, found another random guy that was willing to drive us to Yellow Mountain (in another sketch car) for 700RMB. Our driver wasn’t fond of that, so he offered the same thing. We figured we’d just do it so we wouldn’t have to book a ticket in the morning and could just start hiking early in the morning. Yellow Mountain was about 2 hours away, and the ride was mostly uneventful. On the way to Yellow Mountain, the guy’s wife called him and was basically like “where the hell are you” … people in china are really desperate for money… We called like 4 hostels from the ride and they were all full… shit.
We got to the town by Yellow Mountain (hurrah!) and checked this street full of hostels and hotels. Not a single one had vacancies. We must have gone into like 5 hotels/hostels and they were all full. We finally went into this one hostel and they had a person that was running around town finding vacancies at other hotels. He finally found a spot at a hotel called C2C and there were only two spots left. We totally forgot that it was Ching Ming festival and everyone gets the day off tomorrow/tuesday. This town is going to be packed. We’re going hiking tomorrow in the -2C weather. Just like home!
All in all, happy just to have a warm place to stay.