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'''Guangzhou''' is the third largest city in [[China]].
  
Guangzhou is the third largest city in China.
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== Hitching out ==
 
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=== West towards [[Nanning]] ===
Hitching out:
 
 
 
West towards [[Nanning]].
 
  
 
There is a toll gate at 22.747377,108.271414 which is easy enough to get to and is good for getting a ride. Use Google Maps to find the metro and bus routes to take. Once there, a sign is useful because the spot is also an unofficial long distance bus stop and people will presume you're flagging a bus if just thumbing. We'd recommend only trying to get to Yunfu from this spot which will get you to the first petrol station on the toll way and from there, you can petrol station hop all the way to Nanning. Once we got a sign to Yunfu sorted, we got picked up within 10 minutes.
 
There is a toll gate at 22.747377,108.271414 which is easy enough to get to and is good for getting a ride. Use Google Maps to find the metro and bus routes to take. Once there, a sign is useful because the spot is also an unofficial long distance bus stop and people will presume you're flagging a bus if just thumbing. We'd recommend only trying to get to Yunfu from this spot which will get you to the first petrol station on the toll way and from there, you can petrol station hop all the way to Nanning. Once we got a sign to Yunfu sorted, we got picked up within 10 minutes.
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We camped right next to the toll gate in a little triangle shaped park. It has comfortable grass, and no one much cares. Just be careful of "landmines."
 
We camped right next to the toll gate in a little triangle shaped park. It has comfortable grass, and no one much cares. Just be careful of "landmines."
  
North towards [[Changsha]], [[Beijing]]:
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=== North towards [[Changsha]], [[Beijing]] ===
 
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'''东湖收费站:'''
There is a pair of easily accessed on-ramps about an hour and a half walk north of the airport. One from the east and one from the west leading to the same tollgate. There is a little walled "oasis" between the road and the carpark for the local shops and restaurants. If it gets late you can camp under the palm tree and nobody will bother you.
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Take the subway to 马鞍山公园 (Maanshan Gongyuan), and exit thru Exit C. Find the bus stop just a bit south east of the exit, and wait for bus 29. The bus leaves as early as 7:00, and probably late into the evening, but the times I know that are listed are: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:30, and 14:00. However, the bus did not leave on time, and I ended up taking a taxi for 15 RMB. The bus will take you to a strange on-ramp where all cars going onto the highway have to do a U-turn before going onto the ramp, making the base of the ramp a perfect spot for hitching. Interestingly, a few cars pulled over offering rides to Shenzhen before one took me all the way to 茶陵, a few hours Southeast of Changsha. There are a few good service stations on the highway along the way though, so if you get a ride only going part of the way and are in a hurry, you could almost certainly get a ride straight to Changsha (or farther) from one of the service stations. The 炎帝 service station is particularly touristy, so there may be more long distance rides passing through there. I noted that my “湘” sign caught more fish than my "长沙“ sign, 湘 being the character representing Hunan, and thus not scaring off the traffic that was not headed exactly to Changsha.
  
The tollgate staff are not friendly and told me I couldn't be on the on-ramp. Unfortunately, though the on-ramp is clearly signed for Shaoguan (韶关) which is on the way to Changsha, it seems nobody using this on-ramp is going that way. One friendly local suggested I aim for Conghua (从化) instead.
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Alternatively you can look down the access roads and find a way to climb up to the expressway. Be careful if you have to cross the expressway like I did! I got a ride in a couple of minutes this way.
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Latest revision as of 12:32, 9 February 2018

Guangzhou is the third largest city in China.

Hitching out

West towards Nanning

There is a toll gate at 22.747377,108.271414 which is easy enough to get to and is good for getting a ride. Use Google Maps to find the metro and bus routes to take. Once there, a sign is useful because the spot is also an unofficial long distance bus stop and people will presume you're flagging a bus if just thumbing. We'd recommend only trying to get to Yunfu from this spot which will get you to the first petrol station on the toll way and from there, you can petrol station hop all the way to Nanning. Once we got a sign to Yunfu sorted, we got picked up within 10 minutes.

We camped right next to the toll gate in a little triangle shaped park. It has comfortable grass, and no one much cares. Just be careful of "landmines."

North towards Changsha, Beijing

东湖收费站: Take the subway to 马鞍山公园 (Maanshan Gongyuan), and exit thru Exit C. Find the bus stop just a bit south east of the exit, and wait for bus 29. The bus leaves as early as 7:00, and probably late into the evening, but the times I know that are listed are: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:30, and 14:00. However, the bus did not leave on time, and I ended up taking a taxi for 15 RMB. The bus will take you to a strange on-ramp where all cars going onto the highway have to do a U-turn before going onto the ramp, making the base of the ramp a perfect spot for hitching. Interestingly, a few cars pulled over offering rides to Shenzhen before one took me all the way to 茶陵, a few hours Southeast of Changsha. There are a few good service stations on the highway along the way though, so if you get a ride only going part of the way and are in a hurry, you could almost certainly get a ride straight to Changsha (or farther) from one of the service stations. The 炎帝 service station is particularly touristy, so there may be more long distance rides passing through there. I noted that my “湘” sign caught more fish than my "长沙“ sign, 湘 being the character representing Hunan, and thus not scaring off the traffic that was not headed exactly to Changsha.

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