In May 2010, Marco and I went to visit family in Guangzhou, China. For some reason, prices were crazy high for flights from the US into Guangzhou, so we decided to get a cheaper flight to nearby Hong Kong and just take the bus…. Oh, how we regretted that decision!
We had researched bus services online and found China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Limited. They have a little stand with their bright red-and-white logo right after you exit from immigration. We explained to the ladies behind the counter where we needed to go, bought our tickets, and before we even knew what had happened, we both had a sticker on our shirt with the CTS logo and a number on it. While we were still laughing about the silly stickers on our chests, we were told to follow a Chinese traveler to the bus station in the airport. On a later trip with CTS in Macau we realized that these stickers weren’t just a weird custom, but that CTS employees use these stickers to herd people into the right directions and into the right busses 🙂
The bus arrived, we chose good seats in the front and waited for the two and a half hour trip to start… Mistake! You don’t just pick your seat! Before you enter the bus, you are supposed to get yet another sticker from the nice lady in front of the bus with your seat number on it. After the driver saw us sticker-less, jetlagged travelers in the wrong seats he gave us the last two seats in the back of the bus instead… Oh well, at least the bus left on time. Another point in CTS’ favor by the way! We went with Kee Kwan Motor Road Co on another trip and they left way late and seemed much less professional overall.
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