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Getting There

Xingyi Rail Station (tel. 0859/228-2222) is on the mainline between Guangdong and Yunnan, the newest major line to provide important access across the middle of southern China. This is an especially popular tourist route linking highlights such as Hong Kong, Guilin, and Kunming. From strategically located Xingyi, it is 18 hours overnight to Hong Kong, 12 to Guilin, and just 6 hours to Kunming. The station itself is nothing to write home about though: more than 30 big screen TVs in the waiting hall but no cubicle doors in the public toilets. The left luggage office is 100m (328 ft.) away from the station itself. A sleeper down to Baise is just five hours and costs ¥95 for a hard sleeper.

The Xingyi New Bus Station (Xingyi Xi Zhan), Yunnan Jie (tel. 0859/322-3621), only has one express bus to Kunming at 8:30am. All other buses mean an annoying change at Luoping. At present, buses south need to follow slow winding roads, but that is all about to change as the last major bridge on the Kunming-Shantou expressway opens, providing comfortable new routes back into Guangxi and beyond. Xingyi also has an older long distance bus station (Xingyi Keyun Zhan; Hunan Lu; tel. 0859/322-3021) that serves Guiyang and locations within Guizhou.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.