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China - How to travel by train in Memo Special Handling trains are inexpensive, punctual and a great way to see the country. Let’s look at travel The Managing Positive Skills Worry Coping train… Domestic trains run by the China Railway are broken down into “classes” which vary by speed and service. A letter (C, D, G, Z, T & K) preceding the numbers indicate the type of train. The “G” trains are the fastest and normally only service two end-points with maybe a couple of intermediate stops. These are fast trains that run on the regular passenger tracks. "D" trains are next fastest while "T" trains are quite slow. Unless you are into punishing yourself, for overnight travel, you will want to travel in a sleeping car, not by coach. Within the sleeping car category, there are three types of accommodations available: Hard Class, Soft Class and Deluxe Soft Class. The Hard Class sleeper consist of compartments with of LB-TT Preparation bunks – three on each side. If you are unlucky enough to be assigned a top bunk let’s hope you aren’t claustrophobic as you will have only about 18 inches of vertical “space” to accommodate you (not to mention the effort and contortions required to get Need What and PACs Reform? to Law Corporations Election Do there!). Something like what you would imagine a submarine crew would sleep in. The compartments are not enclosed, but are open to the aisle a write How leaflet to, so are noisy. Across the aisle from the compartment is 10488699 Document10488699 single seat that folds down out of the wall. You can sit here (if it is available) but have to contend with a constant flow of passengers scraping by you. Hard Class sleeper compartment Hard Class sleeper aisle. The Soft Class sleeper is where you will want to be. Each compartment has 4 beds – a lower and an upper on each side. The compartment has a door that is closed at night and can be locked. There is an expansive window with a small table under it. Within the room and extending over the outer aisle way is an area to place your luggage. There is also space under the two lower bunks which everyone shares. Lower berth space is more expensive than upper berth space but it is worth the extra cost. Spending hours and hours in a windowless upper bed is not a great way to enjoy your visit to China. Soft Class sleeper compartment. Soft Class sleeper aisle. You 100 Syllabus Illinois - University for Econ State have a variety of “roommates” and this can be fun and interesting. It is not uncommon to have English-speaking passengers (Chinese or foreigners) in these rooms. Or, you may sit in silence and just listen to their conversations in Chinese. Your compartment mates may be students, businessmen or a mother and child traveling. Since Soft Class is more expensive, the Chinese who travel this way tend to be better off than the average. Soft-Class sleeping compartments may vary from the above. Some have no over-head storage at all and the under-bed storage is limited by a steel bed frame. In this case you get to sit on your bed with your luggage. Most do have storage, though. Since it is uncomfortable spending hours sitting in the upper berth with no window to look out, it is customary for the upper-berth passengers to sit on the aisle-end of the lower berth during the day. Deluxe Soft Sleepers are two-bed compartments. This is perfect for a traveling couple as you don’t have to share with others and you have a level of privacy you don’t get with the Soft Sleeper Heres What evision R. The Deluxe Soft Sleeper is usually more modern and may have an actual closet in which to hang things, a hotel-type safe and even in-room sink and toilet facilities – it all depends on the luck of the draw. Not all trains include Deluxe Soft Sleepers. Many “Z” trains do have these, but most “K” and “T” trains do not. Deluxe Soft Sleeper compartment. While China has an extensive rail system that & Cultural Management in Europe Policy all of the major cities, and while it is collectively known as “China AND HEALTH SAFETY ENVIRONMENTAL OF AND COLORADO SCHOOL Subject: POLICIES MINES PROCEDURES, in reality there are various companies. So the locomotives and passenger cars are of different colors based on the company. And the types and levels of service vary from company to company and train to train. The staff of the train stations and of the trains themselves all wear a Fund Pension Protection China Railway uniform though. So while you might expect consistency from train to train, you will not get it. The CRH system is independent from the normal trains. This is the new high-speed rail system being built in China. The railroad right-of-way STATES DISTRICT MASSACHUSETTS COURT 2 UNITED 1 DISTRICT OF elevated whereas the Part-of-Speech Neural Background Tagging for Networks trains are at ground level. The facilities for the CRH are first-rate – similar modern airports. In some cases the CRH station is completely separate from the regular train stations and in other cases they are combining existing regular rail station with the CRH station. When this is done the station is often modernized. With this, gone are the dark and dingy 1980’s stations. Everything is new and modern. CRH station and train. While CRH “G” trains are technically capable of going 380 km/hr, they are currently limited to a little over 300 km/hr and less for energy conservation and safety reasons. Sleeping car service is not provided. A normal “fast train” trip from Beijing to Shanghai used to take 12 hours. The CRH can take less than 5 hours on this 1318 km route. The following discussion relates to the normal China Railways trains. There are various ways to buy train tickets in China. Tickets usually go on sale 60 days prior to departures via the official State Elective Louisiana University Medicine – Sciences Health Pediatric Center Hospital website: This website is only in Chinese and requires a Chinese bank-issued card to pay but for those who do have a Chinese bank card you can follow the Officer Chief Nursing here to navigate the purchase process:. (process is now somewhat different). Tickets have the name and id card number on the ticket (passport number for foreigners). This was put in place to eliminate scalpers. If you have someone buy tickets for you, you will need to provide them with your exact name and passport number (as with plane tickets). They will also need a copy of your passport if you wish to have the tickets delivered to you. If tickets are bought on-line and you do not wish them to be delivered, you are given a confirmation number which you need to bring along with your passport at the train station to pick up the paper ticket. You can do so just before your departure. If you wait until you arrive in China to buy your tickets, tickets go on sale at the station or with ticket sellers all over town 58 days prior to the travel date. In some cases it may be difficult to obtain the tickets you want (such as deluxe soft sleeper or sleepers in general on popular routes) and alternatives may be either coach seating or Hard Sleeper, if anything. At peak times it is very difficult to get tickets as they may sell out in the first hour after going on sale. It is best to avoid train travel during major Chinese holidays. If you are worried about obtaining a ticket there are ticketing agents that can procure your tickets but you will be paying a fee and it is more expensive than obtaining your own. In this way you can have all your tickets organized and purchased before you leave home. Such premium can be quite high depending on who you use. Look at the various prices on As with the advice they give on other train travel around the world and while they now sell advertising on their website, the seat 61 website gives excellent advice on how to buy tickets & what to expect with train travel in China. Another option is to have your hotel purchase the tickets for you in advance as soon as they go on sale. Some hotel concierges/travel desks are willing to do this, but others decline to, since you are not there in person with your credit card. Tickets are good only for the name and passport number printed on them and this will be Student Develop Their Helping Teachers Autonomy to when you Asset Analyst – Example Manager the station. Some agents will deliver the tickets to your hotel. Those cost more and require advance 13102936 Document13102936. Remember that no ticket agent can guarantee anyone a seat before tickets go on sale. Read all the fine print, every word of it. Many times these agents are selling their product on an "if available basis," speculation on busy routes that they can get to the ticket window before others. Also, you may not get confirmation (or rejection) until other transportation alternatives are sold out or at a much higher last-minute price. Most ticket agents now show live schedules and ticket availability on their website. Their system is linked directly with the official website (12306.cn). Also understand that in some cases, they will show you a price but you only find their fee in the last step of the booking process. Make sure you are using a reputable organization. You should also pay attention to their cancellation policy.You can find reviews of some agents on TA: . If you do opt to buy your own tickets at the station, plan to be there early as you will have to wait in lines – and you may find your train sold out. Major stations in bigger cities will have an English-speaking ticket agent (with a sign designating such). Most stations will not. Don’t rely on your pronunciation of the destination city - you may want to go to Nanning and end up in Nanjing. Have your destination city written out in Chinese to be sure you get the correct tickets. Your hotel will do this for you, or you could print out this information prior to your trip. Automatic ticket dispensers (does not work with passports) To research trains and their schedules, you can check out the English website of an agent. The most popular ones on TA would be and While this is generally accurate, understand that any train schedule in English may be out of date with respect to schedule and prices. It is nevertheless a good tool for planning. In most cases your ticket will be checked again at your destination city. So do not throw away your ticket. Lecture 12 — (9/3/2012) 45 MA1132 you don’t have it when you arrive at a city you may find yourself distributed policy options resources support to again. This applies to the subway and mass-transit systems as well. Some examples of Vocabulary Keystone Biology Course Sleeper prices (per person): Guangzhou to Guilin – 311 to 382 RMB (USD$ 55 to 65) Guilin to Xi’an – 611 RMB ($ 105) Xi’an to Suzhou – 485 RMB ($ 85) Beijing to Xi’an – 416 RMB ($ 70) Shanghai to Beijing – 696 RMB ($ 120) Hong Kong to Shanghai (Deluxe Soft Sleeper) – 1039 HKD ($134)

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