Train to Xian from Beijing

Feb 20th, 2002, 12:07 PM
  #1  
Mike
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Train to Xian from Beijing

Has anyone taken the train to Xian from Beijing? Is the experience worth the time on the train?
Mike
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 06:16 PM
  #2  
Katie
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
We took this train trip last year. The views of the countryside were very nice and you did get a glimpse into life in the country. But we did not see any stunning landscapes. However; most of the trip was at night.
We had soft sleepers, meal was a box dinner from our Beijing hotel (breakfast at Xi-an hotel), western style "bathroom" at end of the car. Our trip in China involved travel between several cities so traveling by train was a nice change from all the plane trips.
 
Feb 24th, 2002, 05:37 PM
  #3  
Paula
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Katie, I have a few questions about the train trip from Beijing to Xian. Do you remember how long it was(one way)? What was the approx. cost for the soft sleeper? Which Beijing train station did you leave from? Did you have any problems getting around in Xian? Thanks for the info.
Paula
 
Feb 24th, 2002, 06:33 PM
  #4  
Peter Neville-Hadley
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Best choice is probalby the T41, leaving Beijing West at 17.10, arriving the next morning at 06.47 (or possibly a little earlier now).

Soft sleeper Y417.

Peter N-H
http://members.axion.net/~pnh/China.html
 
Feb 27th, 2002, 07:37 PM
  #5  
Katie
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Peter is far more knowledgeable than I am--we were part of an escorted tour. The times Peter gives are as I remember them--we got to the train station around 3:00 and arrived at our hotel in Xi-an at around 8:30
 
Feb 27th, 2002, 08:12 PM
  #6  
Katie
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Sorry--I hit "enter" before I should of. Anyway--we arrived at our hotel in time for breakfast.
From what I have read a soft sleeper is the best way to travel--who wants to arrive at their destination tired? A soft sleeper sleeps 4. Two upper bunks and 2 lower with a small table by the window. A few Chinses college students stopped to visit and practice their English--but the majority of those in our car were "American". Note: there were 10 in our tour group.
The Beijing train station was large and busy. We enjoyed some time to people watch.
I would guess getting around in Xi-an is the same as getting around in Beijing. Both are modern cities--plenty of public transportation. In the past there have been posts (on this site) from guides in Xi-an promoting themselves.
We found everyone in China very helpful--always willing to answer any questions. Also--many of the "younger" people have studied English while in school.
I would recommend travel by train between Beijing and Xi-an--it was a pleasurable and comfortable experience. Far more rewarding than flying between those two cities.
 
Nov 16th, 2002, 03:04 PM
  #7  
suzi
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
ttt
 
Nov 16th, 2002, 03:26 PM
  #8  
Aaron
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Suzi,
Thanks!
May one purchase this ticket from abroad? If so, would a travel agent be able to do this? Does one need to book far in advance?

Any ideas on Xiam to Yangshou? Time to travel and cost?

Thanks, again.
 
Nov 16th, 2002, 06:32 PM
  #9  
suzi
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Aaron--
I'm sorry I can not provide any further info. for you.
With luck Peter N-H will respond to your question. He always seems to offer excellent advice!
 
Nov 17th, 2002, 03:30 AM
  #10  
Peter N-H
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Here are full details of the Beijing West to Xi'an rail options (at least, of the comfortable, fast, aircon type) as taken from the October 2002 Chinese National Rail Timetable:

T55 dep 1640 arr 0616
T41 dep 1712 arr 0645
T231 dep 1725 arr 0726

Hard sleeper Y274
Soft sleeper Y417

NB: There are minor variations in price according to whether you have the top or bottom berth (top, middle, or bottom in hard sleeper). The higher the berth the less the cost.

Can these tickets be bought abroad? Yes, through branches of China International Travel Service and China National Tourism Organisation.

Would you want to? Unless you happen to be travelling in the peakest of peak seasons (Chinese New Year, May, and October holidays), or you need to leave Beijing as soon as you arrive, then no. Tickets for any train leaving Beijing can be purchased at any Beijing station, at numerous ticket agents with terminals on the Beijing system for a commission of Y5 per ticket, from many travel agents for Y15 per ticket, and from rip-off counters in major hotels for Y20-Y100 per ticket. Booking in advance is advisable--usually the limit is four days including day of travel, but already in some other cities, and parts of the year in Beijing, the advance booking period is 12 days.

It would be interesting to see just how much more than the prices given CITS or other agents try to charge you when booking from overseas.

Xi'an to Yangshou: Yangshou doesn't have a railway station, so it would be Guilin, and then bus or hugely overpriced tourist boat. There's one train daily:

K318 dep 0902 arr 1248 the next day.

It has aircon, and should have fairly decent rolling stock.

Peter N-H
http://members.axion.net/~pnh/China.html
 
Nov 18th, 2002, 09:52 PM
  #11  
Peter N-H
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Sorry, the posting above was typed in a great hurry from a Shenzhen hotel. This may seem a small point, but Yangshuo being the subject of more errors than any other place name in China, I'm loathe to let my hasty typing of 'Yangshou' go uncorrected. It's 'Yangshuo' or course, and that's roughly pronounced 'Yang-shwor', and nothing like 'Yang-show'.

Peter N-H
http://members.axion.net/~pnh/China.html
 
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Belinda
Asia
4
May 13th, 2014 09:03 PM
fizz
Asia
7
Apr 23rd, 2007 03:55 AM
withkids
Asia
35
Feb 9th, 2007 10:50 PM
WinterTravel
Asia
6
Dec 24th, 2003 07:04 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:19 AM.