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1. Posted by roibl (Budding Member 2 posts) 50w

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Hi everyone,

I am planning to travel with a friend to China in December, for three weeks. We are planning to enter China from Vietnam via Hekou, travel in Yunnan for about 10 days, and then head on east to Guilin and Yangshou, and finally Hong Kong. For both of us, this is our first trip to China.

We were checking how to get to Guilin from Yunnan, and found the most direct way that is not by flight (we will be on a budget...) is by rail from Kunming. However, we saw that it is at least 18 hours of travel, so we were wondering - would you recommend some non direct way of travelling to Guilin?

I saw a suggested itinerary here: wikitravel.org/en/Overland_Kunming_to_Hong_K…

that more or less fits what we were looking for, but I have no idea how much time this would take...

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

2. Posted by Deanxc220 (Full Member 59 posts) 49w

Hey!
I've done that very train you mention. I've also done in a hard seat (basically a seat on the train) and to be honest, it wasn't the worst case (though the sleeper would be much preferred, but hey, when ya gotta save money, ya go desperate ha). Anywho, I think the train is the best option in terms of expense particularly and it goes over night so you save on accommodation that way too. Transport in China can be a bitch and it takes hours to drive such short distances. But I would suggest taking the train from Kunming, personally.