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China Train Travel

Last updated by peggie at 2014/7/20

Life is like a journey. No matter what destination is, the sceneries along the way are meaningful.

Recommended China train travel line:

  1. Heaven road: Qinghai- Tibet railway

The Qinghai-Tibet railway starts from Xining, presenting the beauty of Golden beach as a gift to tourists. More scenery will appear on the journey from Golmud to Lhasa. The train will go by Tongtian River, Tanggula mountains, Nagqu, and so on. All the attractions will make you be reluctant to leave.

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  1. The most essential journey among Qinghai-Tibet railway is from Golmud to Lhasa
  2. Accommodation: Choose Tibetan hotel to stay, which is characteristic, such as Kirey Hotel.
  3. Recommended food: Buttered tea, highland barley wine, zanba.
  1. Silk road: Xian-Dunhuang

The Silk Road starts with Xian and then reaches Lanzhou. Going by Lanzhou, you will be attracted by grand and magnificent Yellow river. As the train go enter into Hexi Corridor, the bleak but vast Gobi desert will remind you of the trade caravans riding on camels thousand years ago. Arriving in Jiayu Pass, the dazzling Qilian Snow Mountains bring you an unexpected grandeur. Finally, the train reaches the Dunhuang railway station. The Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang will be an unforgettable attractions in your life.


Relive the Silk Road

  1. Recommended food: Dunhuang yellow noodles, manual noodles with ingredients and Dunhuang Ferments Hides
  2. Accommodation: The hotels of Dunhuang city are clean and tidy, with complete facilities.
  1. Guangzhou to the Yunnan- Guizhou plateau

Taking train from Guangzhou to the Yunnan-Guizhou plateau is like a journey of returning to nature. The scenery of the west of Guangzhou Provinces will attract you first, especially the Basho forest stretching to the horizon and red soil of eucalyptus forest in Leizhou Peninsula. And then the train will burst into Guangxi Province, where is too many sceneries to see. Picturesque sceneries and unique Karst landform shape a perfectly natural picture scroll of Guangxi. Suddenly, towering stone forest remind tourists that we are entering into the Yunnan-Guizhou plateau. The scenery of terrace outside the train window can’t be more wonderful.


  1. Delicious food: The food of Guiyang is special in taste of peppery. The eight delicacies of Guiyang are silk baby, Intestinal noodles, yellow cake, and so on, which deserve your taste.
  2. Accommodation: There are many comfortable star level hotel and family inn in Guiyang.

The advantages of train travel

Train travel is suitable for the tourists who like to kill time leisurely on their journey. Self-driving travel may sound free and convenient, but train travel also has its own advantages. In the first place, train travel can help you meet many new friends who will share with you their experience on the train, so you will not feel lonely. In the second place, it is an visual enjoyment to appreciate the sceneries along the way through train window. You can have much time to think about something that has troubled you or shocked you. The last but not least, train travel is more relaxing than self-driving travel since you should not worry about whether there is traffic jam on the way or sufficient gasoline in the tank.

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There are 5 comments on this topic

posted by "41.243.251.*" at 1/9/2012 2:17:00 PM

Are we able to book all seats in a 4-berth sleeper even if we are only 2 people, for privacy.Diana


david replied at 1/9/2012 6:44:00 PM

Yes, but you should ask the ticket officer to arrange you in the same cabine. Because they usually arrange yout berth by radom.

posted by "della" at 9/1/2011 7:49:00 AM

I think this is a very helpful article and the descriptions are accurate for each class. I guess I'd just like to say that if people are up for adventure then the hard sleeper carriages are great! You get to meet lots of people and see a bit more culture. I don't speak very much Chinese but I still enjoy having a go, I pull out my phrase book and the people in my carriage have a lot of fun trying to communicate with me ;)


wendysong replied at 1/10/2012 7:20:00 PM

Yeah!That's true that in the hard sleeper carriages we can meet more people and know much more. And that is the very meaning of traveling!It seems that you have been to many places of China. Why not continue to share them? They are interesting!!

posted by "chinachicks" at 8/12/2011 6:27:00 AM

Hi, We are four girls arriving at Guangzhou from Fuzhou at the 26th of september. We would like to go to Sanya by train on the 27th of september (the night train that arrives the 28th). Where and when can I book the train tickets?


posted by "meadove" at 7/20/2011 7:18:00 PM

I tried to book 2 train ticket to Datong from Beijing and it seems like the option is very limited. K1114/K1111 with 02:49-09:03, does this mean it departed Beijing at 2:49 am and arrive at Datong 9:03 am the next day? Amanda


david replied at 7/20/2011 7:38:00 PM

Yes, it is departed at 2:49 am and will arrive at 9:03 am the same day. (Totally last about 6.5 hours )

david replied at 7/20/2011 7:39:00 PM

The same day, not next day.

posted by "110.33.224.*" at 7/4/2011 7:31:00 PM

I am arriving in Guangzhou via China Southern from Kathmandu on 8/9/11. I have 10 -12 days. I would like to spend time in Guangzhou, Guilin, Xiamen, Hong Kong and Macau. My departure city is Guangzhou to KL. date is flexible. I would appreciate your assistance to plan an itinerary ie distances and transport, sight seeing/local culture, shopping asap please. Thank you very much Suzy


david replied at 7/5/2011 1:15:00 AM

Hi Suzy, could leave your email address or simply send your request to marketing@chinatravel.com , the travel advisor will love to help your with your itinerary. David

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