06.10.2012 82 °F
We had Fall Break this past week for Chinese National Day. Even though the National Day is technically only one day (October 1), it is celebrated for seven days (Oct 1-7). Since we had a whole week off of school, we decided to go up to Beijing and see some sights. From Shanghai to Beijing, it is about 1,463 kilometers or about 900 miles. (It takes about 7 hours by train!) While air travel is common within China, traveling by train is more common. You would think that traveling by train would be more inexpensive than flying, but it actually turned out to be about the same price. However, since we had never gone on the high speed/bullet train, we decided to take that instead. Luckily, we were able to book our train tickets online through china tripadvisor. The people at the train station speak NO ENGLISH and there are odd rules about when it is acceptable to purchase tickets. For example, you can only purchase train tickets two days in advance of your departure/return date. So, if we had not booked them online, we would have had to go back to the train station mid-vacation and attempt to book them then. Anyway, we thoroughly enjoyed the train ride. It was very smooth and QUIET.
Train at the station
Tiffany in the plush "premium seats"...even more leg room and a wider seat than first class
Sean with the complimentary slippers
Outside our window
Stopping to pick more people up
Squatting bathroom...no toilet...imagine trying to go to the bathroom in this while moving at 150 mph!
Snacks & drinks for the ride
Our speed...in kilometers, of course!
More from outside our window
Relaxing in the ultimate comfort of the high speed train