I am in the early stages of planning an itinerary whilst I am in China/HK in Feb 2010. I think the best way to travel is by train. As I am arriving in China on 14th February this coincides with the Chinese New Year which will be fantastic. However, previous replies to my previous questions has made me think about travelling during this period. Could anyone elaborate on issues such as obtaining rail tickets during this time. Preferably, I would like to pre-book tickets from the UK so at least I know I have tickets to certain destinations. I would like to be spontaneous, but some planning is good right - especially trying to obtain tickets during a peak time. My definate plans are to obtain tickets for the following:-
1. Beijing to Xian
2. Xian to Shanghai
Dependent on time constraints, I would like to also leave Shanghai and then onto Guilin, followed by Guangzhou for a day and then onto Hong Kong. If I do not have ample time whilst in Shanghai, I will go direct to Hong Kong where I will fly back from.
I have made enquiries with two organisations so far. Has anyone had the experience of dealing with these. Or, is it better to just be spontaneous and chance it when I am in China to book at least the above two tickets.
http://www.chinatraintickets.net (tickets priced competitively)
http://www.thechinatravelcompany.com/pages/trips/china-rail-packages.php (seems tad more expensive)
Any info/advice/guidance will be gladly accepted.