Monday, April 17, 2017

Journey to Wuhan 08: Flight Cancellation

after 4 nights in Wuhan

we switched to a cheap

apartment hotel with

really small room

for storage purpose

 

before we left for Wudangshan

for 3 days 2 nights

the next morning at 6 AM

 

were ready to go by 6AM

since our flight was at 8:50 AM

and touched down at

Shiyan Wudangshan Airport

an hour later

 

there was supposed to be 

an express bus to Wudangshan

but was told that

it had departed

 

yeah

from my research

the bus departs at 9:50 AM

just once on a daily basis

 

while our flight is

scheduled to touch down

at 9:50 AM too

i know right…

 

so as suggested by

a driver for the express bus

of another route heading downtown

i may take the bus to town

and change to a city bus to

Wudangshan instead

 

okay then

i didn’t catch what

he was saying properly

in his local accent

 

so when he dropped me

somewhere in the middle of the city

i found that there were

actually no direct bus

to Wudangshan from the city

 

and i had to catch

another city bus to Shiyan train station

for the bus to Wudangshan

 

and the bumpy bus journey

took us 1 hour and 30 minutes

Wuhan - Shiyan - Wudang

 

it kinda got me mad

as it made me felt that

i have planned the journey

all wrong from the very beginning

 

we were staying right opposite

Hankou Railway Station

 

it would have taken us

4 hours via train to get here

at Shiyan Railway Station

then we catch a city bus to Wudangshan

 

but taking flight means

an early rush to the airport at 6AM

1 hour flight to

Shiyan Wudangshan Airport

 

missed the direct bus to Wudangshan

and i ended up at

Shiyan Railway Station

as if I have taken a train

 

flight didn’t actually

save us much time

but anyway

we managed to make it there

at 3 PM in the afternoon

 


everything related to Wudangshan

would be parked under

a completely different

set of posts later

 

two days later

we were suppose to

catch a flight back to Wuhan

departing 10 AM from

Shiyan Wudangshan Airport

 

at 10:30 AM

was told that the flight

would be delayed due to heavy fog

Shiyan Wudangshan Airpot 十堰武當山機場

 

overheard conversation

saying that the flight

would probably would be canceled

since the plane which was

suppose to fly us to Wuhan

actually didn’t manage to land

and flew back to Wuhan

 

true enough

by 12 noon

the flight was officially cancelled

Shiyan Wudangshan Airpot 十堰武當山機場

 

the earliest train

back to Wuhan was at 12:10 PM

nobody could have made it

and the next one was

at 5:00 PM

 

my connecting flight

back to KL was 12:30 AM

thank goodness

 

Shiyan airport

arranged a bus transfer

for everyone who would like to

head back to the city

 

so we got back to the city

again!!!

in the middle of nowhere

Shiyan 十堰

 

and caught a local bus to

the Shiyan train station

history was repeating

 

the frustration

i felt during the beginning

came back to me

 

what the hell

i was staying right opposite

Shiyan train station

on the night before

 

i could have just

crossed the road

grabbed a train ticket

and got a good sleep

during the 4-hour journey

back to Wuhan

Shiyan Train Station 十堰火車站

 

instead of

waking up early

going to the airport

got panic over

flight cancellation

 

and got back here

with 4 hours to kill

before i boarded the train at 5 PM

Shiyan Train Station 十堰火車站

 

we alighted at Hankou

4 hours later and

ran back to our

backup hotel

with only 30 minutes

to pack and go

 

managed to get to

the airport Station by 10:30 PM

finally took a deep breath

at least we were in the vicinity

of the airport 2 hours before departure

Wuhan Tianhe Airport 武漢天河機場

 

wait

the rush was not over yet

caught a shuttle bus to the airport

it stopped at Terminal 1 (domestic)

and was told that

the bus would not proceed

to head to Terminal 2 (international)

 

you either have to

wait for another shuttle bus

or walk your way to Terminal 2

we actually walked our way there

 

Terminal 2 was

relatively way smaller

than the domestic terminal

these are the only counters available

Wuhan Tianhe Airport 武漢天河機場

 

it was almost midnight

yet it was super busy

at the departure hall

the 3 water dispensers

were out of water supply!

Wuhan Tianhe Airport 武漢天河機場

 

four flights were heading to

South East Asia

90% of the passengers

were on holiday mood

Wuhan Tianhe Airport 武漢天河機場

 

flight refund?

what a pity

it was 1/5 of what

i initially paid for

as taxes and fees

as well as the compulsory

hotel promo vouchers were

apparently not refundable

 

Flight refund Ctrip

 

but anyway

our loss has already been

minimized to the max

being able to make our way back home

psstt.... This is a vintage Woodstock

 

Journey to Wuhan 01: Almost Mid-night

Journey to Wuhan 02: Yellow Crane Tower 黃鶴樓

Journey to Wuhan 03: Hubu Alley 戶部巷

Journey to Wuhan 04: Jianghan Road Pedestrian Street 江漢路步行街

Journey to Wuhan 05: Hubei Provincial Museum 湖北省博物館

Journey to Wuhan 06: Wuhan Museum 武漢博物館

Journey to Wuhan 07: Changchun Taoist Temple 長春觀

Journey to Wuhan 08: Flight Cancellation

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