從澳門徒步過中國邊境到珠江。橋上人潮擁擠,有推著三輪車的,騎著腳踏車的。車上載的滿滿南北雜貨,衣服,各式各樣的貨品準備運至香港做交易。海關前車水馬龍,不會比市場還不熱鬧。


過了海關,我們攤開地圖,尋找下個定點。離我們最近的就是廣西的梧州了。那晚就在梧州公車總站附近找了旅店。第一次到中國,第一次在中國旅店過夜,什麼都很新鮮。 入住後,櫃檯人員交給你一隻保溫熱水瓶,那種熱水瓶只有小時候在奶奶家有看過,現在在台灣可能要到古董懷舊店才找得著。瓶身是幾朵大紅牡丹,扭開塑膠上蓋,裡頭有個軟木塞塞子。

 

thermo bottle

圖取自Danny's Lohas blog


pineapple beer

進了房間後,床頭櫃上寫著「體貼入微,真心關愛」八個字。並售有避孕套,每個兩塊錢人民幣。晚餐後,我們買回了當地特有的菠蘿啤。奇異果先生從此開始收集啤酒瓶上的瓶籤以資紀念。至此每晚喝完酒時,就將酒瓶浸在浴室洗手槽。

 

中國地大物博,光是啤酒就有好幾十種,每個地方都有當地特製的啤酒,酒精濃度大抵不超過3%。 一瓶一塊半到三塊不等。

 

近午夜時,被電話鈴聲驚醒。奇異果先生拿起話筒,電話那端傳來女聲。問奇異果先生需不要女伴。客氣地回絕了。但,過沒五分鐘,電話又響。另一個聲音,問著同樣的問題。就這樣一通接著一通,直到她們聽到我的聲音,整晚的電話接力賽才告終止。

 

後來才知道,一般旅館業者都與特種行業合作,只要有男客入住,晚上這種電話就會絡繹不絕,直到有人「成交」。

 

We took a morning bus to WuZhou, GuangXi and then we are in China. Surprisingly I didn't notice I have stepped my foot in China border already. Too quick to be realised. Not even taking a ferry, then here I am.

 

It's a kind of luxury bus which contents 30 seats or call them "beds" might be more appropriated. You can lie down on your own seat, stretch out your legs which will definitely be more comfortable than sitting down, I guarantee.

 

They offer blankets during the journey. You can place it under your head or cover yourself if needed. But since I am a neat freaky, I would rather to keep them away from me. As I believe there is thousands of passengers use the same one and they probably dont care such a hygienic thing at all.

 

We got there around evening and luckily found a hotel right opposite to bus station. Walking around the town during dinner time and found they all sell the same things --- GuiLin noodles, 沙鍋飯 (rice cook in clay pot), 龜苓膏 (black jelly made of turtle shells and herbals), and some cold drinks, all made of several kinds of Chinese herbs. 

 

Before we came here, some cities in GuangXi was flooding. Tons of houses are damaged and under repairing when we were there. According to locals, water had reached to 2nd floor.

 

Back to the hotel. As soon as we unloaded our bags onto our beds, phone rings. So I answered the phone and heard a lady's voice. She heard me and hang up. K said she probably called to offer a special service. Whole night, the phone never stop rining until we talked them we got someone here already.

 

Next day, around noon, we met an English teacher while eating breakfast. He was delighted in seeing us and invited us to his classroom. Unfortunately our bus would leave in half hour, we couldn't stay long which upset him very much.

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