Public Bus to Qufu
05.04.2008 - 05.04.2008 19 °C
Today Barbara, Rebecca and I caught the Bus to Qufu.
Now buses in China are one of the best means of getting around. Services are extensive, main roads are good and bus journeys are often quicker than train travel. Another plus is that it is easier to secure a bus ticket and they are cheaper than train tickets.
Now the down side. They are cramped and noisy with Chinese films on overhead TV's and 3D sound. And the driver leans on the horn at the slightest detection of a vehicle or person in front.
So this morning the bus was due to depart at 9.30 am or so the schedule says, however the driver crams as many fares as is possible and waits to fill up before departing. The bus finally departs jam-packed at 10.10 am. We were fortunate that we had a seat. Those standing in the aisles had 1.5 hour stand.
We approach a toll gate and the bus stops about 150 m before the gate. All those "illegal passengers" that are standing have to get off the bus and walk through the toll gate. Of course we as foreigners are surprised. On the other side of the toll were the Police. We go through the toll and about 150M past the police car and wait for our "illegal passengers" to re- board the bus.
Well we were laughing as we thought that this was rather amusing. The "illegal passengers" just got back on like this was a normal occurrence.
As they say "This is China."