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11. Posted by mee (Full Member 138 posts) 7y

Hey.

Youre itny sounds good, at least if youre up for spending a lot of time in trains and busses (i travel that way too, though).

trains in china near the coast and inside the country can be pretty different. if youre near xi'an, chengdu or kunming and want to really relax on the train, id recommend soft sleeper (款卧 kuanwo.. not sure about the characters). hard sleepers are doable, but often have no aircon and hardly any walls. they are half the price. if youre on a budget.
i did some hard seats, too, but i just think its not worth it. they are really really cheap, but also just as bad as they are cheap.

some vocabs:
upper:上
middle:中
lower:下

12. Posted by stevenwong (Full Member 28 posts) 7y

yeah, the up, middle, lower is helpful for chosing beds. middle is usuall better on hard sleeper.

also hard sleeper is no problem, its actually quite fun as you can interact with ppl on the train. you will usually find a student/young person wanting to practice their english anyway.

from memory, the soft sleeper was not much more comfortable than hard sleeper, and hard sleeper is way cheap. but at peak time soft sleeper is easier to get hold of.

also for long trips hard seat are a no no. no lights out, not barriers, no space, ppl on phones , no where to lean head, not good ventilation.

13. Posted by thepionier (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the maximum stay on a tourist visa in China now only 30 days?

How likely is it to get a visa for longer?

14. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 128 posts) 7y

Quoting thepionier

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the maximum stay on a tourist visa in China now only 30 days?

How likely is it to get a visa for longer?

Im in the process of getting visa the application form states 30 90 days etc ?? I'll let you know if i get it in the next week r so!!!

15. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 128 posts) 7y

Quoting sovarn

yeah, the up, middle, lower is helpful for chosing beds. middle is usuall better on hard sleeper.

also hard sleeper is no problem, its actually quite fun as you can interact with ppl on the train. you will usually find a student/young person wanting to practice their english anyway.

from memory, the soft sleeper was not much more comfortable than hard sleeper, and hard sleeper is way cheap. but at peak time soft sleeper is easier to get hold of.

also for long trips hard seat are a no no. no lights out, not barriers, no space, ppl on phones , no where to lean head, not good ventilation.

Sovran

thanks for all the info can i be cheeky and ask any accommodation recommendations??

16. Posted by stevenwong (Full Member 28 posts) 7y

lol no its not cheeky, but at the moment I cant think of much.
I mostly stayed in HI hostels which are clean and the ppl speak english.

I will try to dig up some of the places i stayed later.

17. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 7y

Pingyao is a small town, with not much to see- one day should be enough. Definitely go via Taiyuan, from there it's just a 1 hour bus trip.

Like someone said above, hard sleeper is the best way to travel long distances in China. Soft sleeper is too expensive, and hard seat is too painful. Flights within China have gotten much cheaper recently, so if you are pressed for time, you might consider flying.

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