train or plane?

Feb 25th, 2007, 12:18 PM
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train or plane?

My husband and I will be in Hong Kong the second week of April. We will then visit Beijing for a week. We are considering flying Dragon Air from Hong Kong to Beijing round trip as we depart out of Hong Kong to return home OR we could train up to Beijing (26 hours) and fly back to Hong Kong.

Has anyone out there:
1. Flown Dragon Air?
2. Taken the train from Hong Kong to Beijing?

Suggestions and comments are welcomed to post here or to email directly. Thanks! Nancy

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Feb 25th, 2007, 01:03 PM
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My parents have taken the direct train to Beijing and Shanghai from Hong Kong, in both Soft Sleeper and Deluxe Soft Sleeper. First, keep in mind that they serve the two destinations in alternate days, so on the day you want to go to Beijing, there may not be one.

Second, you don't save on hotel (like shorter overnight train) and basically waste a day of time. Just depends on whether time is important to you.

Third, they are not that cheap, especially if you go Deluxe. Cheaper than flying from Hong Kong to Beijing, but not cheaper than Shenzhen to Beijing.
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Feb 25th, 2007, 06:37 PM
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the train to beijing from hongkong kowloon will cost you 24hour23min, so my advice is fly to beijing and back to hongkong by train. The benefit is you can experience the long journey on train and dont need to waste too much time

You can check the train schedule through

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Feb 25th, 2007, 08:35 PM
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Thanks so much for the train info. We need to make sure we are back to Hong Kong from Beijing in time to catch our flight back to the US. So I don't think we will take the train back. Sounds like the train is more time and money than it is worth for the trip up to Beijing. I just thought it would be a nice way to see more of the country side. Guess I'll be viewing it from the sky. My thanks! Nancy
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Feb 25th, 2007, 08:46 PM
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If you decide to still do it, the southbound trip will be more scenic. The northbound leaves Hong Kong at 3pm, daparts Guangzhou at 5:04pm. It'll be getting dark when it climbs over the Nanling range.

It will also cross the Yangtze in Wuhan before 4am. It's mostly flatland for the daylight part of the journey.

The southbound train crosses the Yangtze at around midnight. The river is dark, but at least you can still be up to see Wuhan and the bridge.

And you'll cross Nanling in daylight.
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Feb 26th, 2007, 08:32 PM
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Boy rkkwan- you are a wealth of information. Thanks for the explanation about considering the train back to Hong Kong. You have been most helpful to this fellow Texan.
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Feb 26th, 2007, 10:18 PM
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Dragon Air is an excellent airline, certainly the best intra-China carrier. They are owned by Cathay Pacific. This is not a local budget PRC carrier, it's a real airline. Better than many other "world class" airlines, IMO.
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