At bus stations in China you can go into the station whenever you want, but you can only go out into the bus parking lot about ten minutes before your bus leaves. There are different gates/doors that you go through depending on where your bus is parked. A ticket lady stands at the door, announcing buses that are boarding and checks tickets. These people are waiting for the ticket lady to announce that their bus is boarding and are all standing right in front of the door. This becomes a problem if your bus boards before theirs like mine did and you have to make your way past everyone to get to the door. I went to visit my friend Gina and a few other Peace Corps volunteers in Mianyang, about 4.5 hours away.