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Taking the train in China is an experience not to be missed. You can meet people from all over the country, and the views out of the traim windows are unavailable in any otyer form of travel.
Beijing has five railway stations, with lines running to almost all provincial capitals, and to all China's major cities. There are four kinds of seats available-soft berths, hard berths, soft seats and hard seats. If you are headed for any destination which has a travel time of over 6 hours. You should definitely try to get a soft seat car. Any trips over 12 hours and a hard or soft sleeper is a must. Soft sleepers are more comfortable, but offer a more isolated (some would say private) train experience.most overnight trains have dining cars. And if you really can't find a seat or bunk anywhere, you can usually pay a small amount to spend the night in the dining car. It is a good idea to bring your own food. Instant noodles, fruit and sausages are what most people bring. Hot water is available on board.
Beijing's West Railway Station is Asia's largest rail terminal and is very modern and well-equipped.
For any information call 65129525(Beijing Railway Station,Chinese language only), or 63216253(Beijing West Railway Station, Chinese language only).
Train Ticket Booking
It is more convenient to have the hotel travel service or front desk buy you a train ticket (for a small service charge ) as it can sometimes be confusing and time-consuming to book by yourself. Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station have a special counter selling tickets to foreigners and overseas Chinese. Tickets can be purchased up to six days in advance.
By dialing 65634672(Chinese only )from 18:00 to 21:00 four days before your departure date, you can book your ticket by phone for any train leaving the old Beijing.
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