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1. Posted by cowfoot (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

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I need some help on the following:

We (2 persons) are travelling from Shanghai to Beijing by train. I've read somewhere, that the T22 train departing 18.08 have a private 2 persons cabin called Deluxe Soft Sleeper - and it even got a TV and private bath installed!?

My questions:

1 - It the above true?
2 - Can you direct me to an online service where I can book this?

Best regards and thanks in advance!

2. Posted by lobaloba (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y


That's true.
I think you may book the ticket here "" .
I live in Beijing. If you have more questions, you may contact me.
Have a nice trip!


3. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 12y

Hi Joyce,

Since you live in Beijing, I wonder if you could answer some of my questions:

1) Can foreign tourists travel freely in China? In other words, If I were to arrive in Shanghai or Beijing, can I travel by myself to other part of the country?

2) I heard that the Chinese government would not allow foreigner enter Tibet by themselves. They must book with a group tour. Is that true?


4. Posted by lobaloba (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y

Hi Martin,

I believe you may travel freely in Beijing and Shanghai by yourself. But it is true that there are restrictions on foreigners travelling in certain areas, such as Tibet and Shenzhen. If you want to travel to Tibet, you must obtain an approval, and you must be with a tour vehicle and a guidance. So a tour group is necessary.
I hope the information above may help you.


5. Posted by henryz (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

Hi, cowfoot

About you question:

1. What you said may be true before April 18,2004, but now I think there have no such sleepers.

Train from Shanghai to Beijing:
Z14 19:00
Z22 19:07
Z6 19:14
Z2 19:21
Z8 19:28

Further questions, be free to ask me.

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6. Posted by cowfoot (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

Hi everybody!

Thanks a million for your quick and useful answers. I’ll check with my travel agent on trains with private sleepers once more.


Have a great summer!

Best regards

7. Posted by jianshuo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

Check this page:

for pictures of the train you mentioned.


Train From Shanghai to Beijing

Z14 19:00 6:58 with Dinner
Z22 19:07 7:05 without Dinner
Z6 19:14 7:12 with Dinner
Z2 19:21 7:19 without Dinner
Z8 19:28 7:26 with dinner

Train From Beijing to Shanghai

Z13 19:07 7:05 with dinner
Z21 19:00 6:58 without dinner
Z5 19:14 7:12 with dinner
Z1 19:21 7:19 without dinner
Z7 19:28 7:26 without dinner

- in format of Train code Departure time Arrival time (of the next day) Whether dinner is provided

A Picture is Better than Thousands of Words

Today, Wendy took the train (Z5) to go back to Shanghai. I take some pictures of the fabulous train.

Inside the train

The hall way of the new train. Look at the carpet and the nice curtain. You must be wondering whether it is a five star hotel. I did when I stepped into the train.

© Jian Shuo Wang

Wendy lying on her soft sleeper, expecting the wonderful trip with the luxurious trip. The sleeper is quite comfortable and clean.

© Jian Shuo Wang

A label can tell the quality of the room inside. Check what the silver plate of the WC implies inside.

© Jian Shuo Wang

The upper sleeper. There are four sleepers in cabinet. There are as much space as lower sleeper and it is easy to get onto the upper sleeper. It is about 20 RMB less expensive than lower sleeper.

© Jian Shuo Wang

I was surprise to see they also serve new slippers for passengers, similar to hotels.

© Jian Shuo Wang

The decent water pot appeared on the snow white table.

© Jian Shuo Wang

On the back of the door of the cabinet is a oval glass, reflecting the whole cabinet.

© Jian Shuo Wang

The label of the sleepers. Each sleeper is numbered with a unique number.

© Jian Shuo Wang

You can control the strength of the lights, the temperature, the wind of air condition, and the volume of the speaker (or turn the train background music off). There is also an red emergency call button.

© Jian Shuo Wang

There are about 10 such cabinet on a train cart

© Jian Shuo Wang

A fresh flower is placed on the table, making the trip more enjoyable.

© Jian Shuo Wang

Display board showing train status, your cart number and the availability of washroom.

© Jian Shuo Wang

The door of the train cart. After this door is closed in Beijing, the next time it is opened, it will be opened in Shanghai. There is no stops between the two cities.

© Jian Shuo Wang

Hot water is supplied at the end of each train cart.

© Jian Shuo Wang

Z5, leaving from Beijing at 19:14 and will arrive in Shanghai at 7:00 AM the next day.

© Jian Shuo Wang

The Train and the Station

Caution: The view outside remains dirty and crowded as before.

The Beijing station. The trains with code starting of "Z" arrive and depart in this station. If you are interested, there is a bigger station in Beijing - the Beijing West Station.

© Jian Shuo Wang

The train waited on the platform and passengers get there by a viaduct and then go down to the platform.

© Jian Shuo Wang

The head of the new train. It seems every details of the train changed.

© Jian Shuo Wang

The sign outside the train, saying "Shanghai to Beijing".

© Jian Shuo Wang

The windows of the train look just those windows of high office buildings of Shanghai. You cannot open the windows.

© Jian Shuo Wang

This picture was taken when I meet Wendy at the station at around 7:00 AM Saturday morning. It was very exciting scene - it looked so beautiful to see the train coming from the fogs of morning.

© Jian Shuo Wang

More about the Train

The price for Z5 from Beijing to Shanghai, lower sleeper is 499 RMB. The price should be something less than 500 RMB (but near 500 RMB) for most trains.

5 Reasons this New Train is Better than Plane

Cheap. Compare the 500 RMB (clean-cut) and the 1130 RMB full price of a flight ticket! Although you can get discounted flight tickets at as low as 650 RMB, it is still higher. There is no airport construction fee for train (50 RMB), you usually don't need to take taxi to take train. Both Shanghai and Beijing train station are accessible via Metro. To go Shanghai Airport, you have to pay at least 30 RMB (average. For me, I have to pay 76 RMB). To leave Beijing Airport, when you see the first exit of the Airport Express Way, the meter of the taxi already charged you 50 RMB. So, it is another 200 RMB difference in price.
Save Day Time. You go to train station after work at 6:00 PM, sleep on the comfortable sleeper and when you open your eyes again, it is 7:00 AM the next day, exactly the time to go to office of another city. Wonderful! Many business man take train to travel between Shanghai and Beijing not because it is cheap, it is because it saves day time.
On Time. Trains are not always on time, but they are much better than planes. I never expect plane to be on time in China. Did you know that the last time I came to Beijing on delayed flight of 4 hours? The reputation of flights is terrible. Trains are much more reliable.
Save Hotel Fee. If you put the one hotel price into consideration, you save a lot. Often, I wonder, why I have to be so rush to airport, take the fastest vehicle (civil vehicle) and rush to a taxi, just to go to bed of the hotel. :-D
More Private Time. On plane, you cannot use laptop (freely) and it is too short to read a novel. The 12 hours on train give passenger right time to think, to read or simply to sleep.
This entry is posted in Beijing.

Posted by Jian Shuo Wang at August 1, 2004 11:37 PM