Checking in from Guilin, about which I'll have plenty more to report when I collect my notes. But I'm leaving China in just a few days.
I went to the Guilin train station this morning and tried to buy a ticket on the K38, which my train guide had as the only train to Guangzhou. No dice. Instead, the woman at the window sold me a soft-berth ticket on the L108, which leaves tomorrow night at 8 and gets in the next day at 8:50.
The problem is, I can't find any such train in my rail guide -- or even any that starts with "L". A Google search turns up one English-language mention, in a tour company's itinerary for a guided tour of the region -- the only reason I don't pull the plug on this and see about getting a flight direct to Hong Kong.
Wish me luck, because I HAVE to be in Hong Kong by oh-dark-thirty Thursday at the latest to make my morning flight. But best case, I'll have only half-a-day in Hong Kong anyways.