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1. Posted by inbecshead (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

Hi, im having great troubles trying to find a clear map of china showing the railways.
i was also wondering if its true that you can buy a ticket, say xiamen to beijing (which is over 24hrs), and have 3 days to use the whole journey. so you could stop for a nite?

the travel route xiamen - beijing goes through "Huangzhuo".

i cant seem to find information on this "Huangzhuo" place. is it spelt correctly? or maybe there is another spelling or they meant.... "huangshan"

can anyone recomend any places to stop and see on the way?
Laizhou, Shaowu, Yingtan, Jiujiang, Huangzhuo, Macheng, Hengchuan, Funan, Fuyang
thanks, bec

2. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 11y

Did you see this??
http://www.seat61.com/China.htm
it's got some info on it , but I don't think it has all you're looking for.
Hope it helps a bit though
K

3. Posted by ARway (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

Quoting inbecshead

Hi, im having great troubles trying to find a clear map of china showing the railways.
i was also wondering if its true that you can buy a ticket, say xiamen to beijing (which is over 24hrs), and have 3 days to use the whole journey. so you could stop for a nite?

the travel route xiamen - beijing goes through "Huangzhuo".

i cant seem to find information on this "Huangzhuo" place. is it spelt correctly? or maybe there is another spelling or they meant.... "huangshan"

can anyone recomend any places to stop and see on the way?
Laizhou, Shaowu, Yingtan, Jiujiang, Huangzhuo, Macheng, Hengchuan, Funan, Fuyang
thanks, bec

I think it is "Huangzhou" which is a small city in Hubei province. And the train from Xiamen to Beijing is K305/K308 which will take you more than 34 hrs for this journey, from 21:06 to 7:00 of the third day. You can directly say you are buying a ticket from Xiamen to Beijing in the station ticket booth.
You also can stay in the train for the whole nights, don't worry about that if you buy the sleeping class. It is much higher than the sitting class but worth it.
As you could not recognize the Chinese characters, I could not show you the train map. I could only tell you that all the stations you mentioned are not worth to stop to see unless you will stay for few days, go to the town near them or shift another train.

If you can read the Chinese, try this website. ;)

http://gaocan.com/index.jsp

4. Posted by wtanaka (Budding Member 44 posts) 11y

It's possible to use the search function on this site to plot different cities on a map. Just search for different cities and click on "Satellite Map" on the search results. I've used it to plot out different railway routes.

5. Posted by JitShen (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

Hi wtanaka & kenmc, I found those links provided very useful

Anyone have any idea how far is Da Lian from Shanghai?

6. Posted by ellyse (Full Member 195 posts) 11y

JitShen, Dalian is about 2250 km away from Shanghai by train, a little over 24 hours. Alternatively you could take a plane.

7. Posted by ClinTaurus (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Quoting JitShen

Hi wtanaka & kenmc, I found those links provided very useful

Anyone have any idea how far is Da Lian from Shanghai?

I went from Dalian to Shanghai (and back) during the fall festival, and the plane ticket was 600 yuan each way, and it was a 2 hour flight.

8. Posted by mdancy (Full Member 104 posts) 11y

Hi,
I found this website to be helpful too:

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/china-trains/index.htm

The prices don't seem to be current, but they aren't off by much.

Martha

9. Posted by taiga (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

Quoting inbecshead

Hi, im having great troubles trying to find a clear map of china showing the railways.
i was also wondering if its true that you can buy a ticket, say xiamen to beijing (which is over 24hrs), and have 3 days to use the whole journey. so you could stop for a nite?

the travel route xiamen - beijing goes through "Huangzhuo".

i cant seem to find information on this "Huangzhuo" place. is it spelt correctly? or maybe there is another spelling or they meant.... "huangshan"

can anyone recomend any places to stop and see on the way?
Laizhou, Shaowu, Yingtan, Jiujiang, Huangzhuo, Macheng, Hengchuan, Funan, Fuyang
thanks, bec

I guess the city should be "HangZhou", the capital of Zhejiang province. However, I think ARway is right because of the cities passed you given.

It is not a good idea if you buy the berth ticket since your bed seat will be unavailable after your alighting though your ticket is still available. Please stamp at ticket windows before you continue your trip.

So, for money saving, seat class ticket is suggested. And it is a tough work to take train during Chinese New Year's holiday. It is crowded.

It is someabout an adventure to stop at a small town for those can't understand Chinese.

10. Posted by liciece (Full Member 45 posts) 10y

Quoting kenmc

Did you see this??
http://www.seat61.com/China.htm
it's got some info on it , but I don't think it has all you're looking for.
Hope it helps a bit though
K

The trains will be stopped at a lot of stations,so i just mention the station which is in the big or famous city on the way:
Xiamen-Nanchang-Jiujiang-Huangzhou-Fuyang-Haozhou-Shangqiu(South)-Liaocheng-Beijing(west station)
Total distances:2286KM
Departure:2109H(Day 1) Arrival:0700H(Day 3)
Total time:33H51M
Type of Train:Rapid Air-conditoned
Train No.:K305/k308