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1. Posted by lorenz (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

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Hi,
Want to travel from Beijing to Datong by train over night, look at sights and then catch train to Pingyao the next night. Look around and then catch another night train to Xian. Can I buy all the tickets to this in Beijing. We will be traveling with kids and want to stay in one soft sleeper. Also will we be able to have showers at the train stations and store our bags while we sight see. We only speak English. Can we hire a English speaking guide or do a day tour at these places.

2. Posted by kung316 (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

impossible to get the tickets from Datong-Pingyao,Pingyao-Xian,you only can get the tickets where will you set out,the hotel can help you,but its a little short time,anther way,you get the ticket when you get.if you needed tour guide conntact lnghulyn at 126 dot com,cheers

3. Posted by gochina (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

the best way to meet your need is to find a travel agent in Beijing. you can only ask the agent to help you to get the train tickets. If you want to get shower near the station, you can find a hotel nearby to book a room hourly.

4. Posted by Rong (Inactive 25 posts) 9y

Hi, lorenz
What is your arriving date to China and departure date from China?

In different time, different method.

5. Posted by asprila (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

Quoting lorenz

Hi,
Want to travel from Beijing to Datong by train over night, look at sights and then catch train to Pingyao the next night. Look around and then catch another night train to Xian. Can I buy all the tickets to this in Beijing. We will be traveling with kids and want to stay in one soft sleeper. Also will we be able to have showers at the train stations and store our bags while we sight see. We only speak English. Can we hire a English speaking guide or do a day tour at these places.

The best way is to find a agent to help you.

Beside, you need to change the itineraty a little bit in order to make it more doable: Beijing - Datong - Pingyao (via Taiyuan) - Xian (if can not get the ticket, just back to taiyaun and then head to xian).

Cheers

6. Posted by lorenz (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Hi, thanks for info. We will be travelling in early April. Will be in Beijing for a week before moving on.

7. Posted by MishMish (Budding Member 44 posts) 9y

Hi Lorenz,

Last year, there were quite a few posts about a group of students who are charging cheaper than tour guides to take you site seeing and stuff. They actually have a website which they posted up if you want to search the archives.

They are happy to meet you at the destination you are at and take you around. If you want them to travel somewhere with you, you have to pay. And if you want them to join you inside ticketed places, you need to pay for that also.

It was quite cheap from what I remember.

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9. Posted by ellyse (Full Member 195 posts) 9y

You would definitely need a local contact to get your overnight train tickets for Pingyao -- Xi'an, no way around that. Just ask at any of the guesthouses in advance.