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1. Posted by Bjoernen (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

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Hi Everbody!
I am planning a trip in China for 30 days in november
and I am going by train too visit some places.
Is it great too take a hard seat on a train from Shanghai too f.ex Kunming?, it is a long way but a great price!

Regards
Bjoern

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

It's a very long way. You are better to get a hard sleeper.

Try this link for train details ......

Treehouse Cityguide

3. Posted by lw6457 (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Train No. Depart-Arrive Hard Seat Hard Sleeper Soft Sleeper
K181 16:53-14:12(next day) 302 545 841
K79 15:30-11:02(next day)

4. Posted by silvercann (Budding Member 38 posts) 11y

I will be in China in July, meeting my brother in Hong Kong. We want to take a train from Hong Kong to Beijing. Any suggestions? I looked at the train schedules but Hong Kong is not listed as a departure city. In what city do we start the trip? How long is the trip? Can we hop off the trian in Shanghai, then hop on the next night and continue? Is it possible to take another route back to Hong Kong? We don't have much time, but this is my brother's only trip overseas so want to see as much as we can. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

5. Posted by silvercann (Budding Member 38 posts) 11y

Duh! Aren't I the ginko. I've figured out the departure city in Hong Kong question, but still looking for info on whether the rail can work as an open pass where you hop on and off, whether it's advisable to take the train to Beijing, and route ideas. Thanks much!

6. Posted by SKR (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

There is a direct Beijing - Hong Kong train which takes 24 hours, but it doesn't go via Shanghai, at least not as far as i'm aware. To see Shanghai it would be better to take the Hong Kong - Guangzhou - Shanghai train (27 hours, only on odd days of the month) and later the Shanghai - Beijing train (12 hours overnight).

7. Posted by 80k (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

The longest I took a hard seat was 8 hours. I would hate to do it for any longer. The second time i took a hard seat, I upgraded to soft sleeper after a couple of stops :)

Hard Sleeper is worth the extra price.

8. Posted by silvercann (Budding Member 38 posts) 11y

difference between the seat listed as "Soft Berth" and the one listed as "Hard Berth" is that one is a sleeper, the other just a seat?

9. Posted by 80k (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

Quoting dgerads

difference between the seat listed as "Soft Berth" and the one listed as "Hard Berth" is that one is a sleeper, the other just a seat?

no, they are both sleepers. The hard one is narrower, they fit 3 per row (harder to sit up), and everything is open. The soft one is wider, only 2 per row (bottom and top bunk people can sit up), and there is a compartment with a sliding door for every 4 bunks. The soft is nice :)