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1. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member, 414 posts) 31 Jul '06 10:32

How safe are the train in China for a single woman ? Yhe plan is beijing to Xi´an the Xi´an to Shanghai.
The second question is how difficult it´s to book the ticket and to find the train?

I have nearly forget The terracota warriors are they of easy access from the city center?

Any help welcome
Flo

2. Posted by kucira (Full Member, 61 posts) 31 Jul '06 18:10

The train is pretty safe for single woman. Just head str8 to your seat/bed... ignore those ppl that trying to sell u things (not trying to be not friendly, just in case)

Fr Beijing to Xi'an train is quite easy to get, but buy earlier coz China is just too many ppl taking trains. You can get your ticket fr the station easily. There r sleeper and seated tickets.

Well, for Terracotta, just take a public bus, n they will get u there. The bus station is arnd the train station.

3. Posted by melodica23 (Full Member, 6 posts) 4 Aug '06 14:57

For sleepers if you want to feel safe I usually get the top bunk, it's harder for people to reach up there. It's cheaper but you can't sit up, there are seats you can sit on in the aisle during the day. Just go to the train station to buy tickets and yes buy in advance, I think it's usually 6 days. If you don't want to deal with lines you can pay a comission at a hostel and they'll buy for you.

Other than that, seats are safe too, just bring your valuables with you at all time.

The terracotta warriors are pretty out there but there's a direct bus from the train station there.

4. Posted by Thi_travel (Budding Member, 27 posts) 8 Aug '06 08:03

Hi there,
It's quite safe to travel by train in China. I travelled a lot on hard seats as they are very good deals - It says "hard" but quite "soft" really. But it's quite uncomfortable when you have to share your own seat with other Chinese who do not have official tickets. I realized that many people tried to get into the train by no means and then bought a ticket aboard. So, it's good to have higher sleeping berth if you can afford it.

For the terracotta spot, make sure you get on the right public bus for 5 yuan(last year price) and it will take you to teh spot directly. Don't take bus rides offered by people walking around (normally cost more than 5 yuan) because it will take you hours to hang around many other temples before really taking you to the spot. I had a very "funny" stories here when I met 4 other travellers from Malaysia and the US, we all paid different prices for the same route and ended up in chartering a taxi to get to the spot immediately.

In general, I had a great trip in China though I was travelling alone as a Vietnamese lady.

Take care and enjoy your trip there. :)

Thi