Part 1- A Quick Guide to China Trains

On November 15, 2011, in Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

If you are planning on a China tour and you want to travel by train but you have no idea on how to get a train ticket, look no further this article will tell you all you need to know about booking a train ticket. One of the cheapest ways to get around China is […]

If you are planning on a China tour and you want to travel by train but you have no idea on how to get a train ticket, look no further this article will tell you all you need to know about booking a train ticket. One of the cheapest ways to get around China is by traveling by trains. Traveling by train will help you save money on your China travel.

Train Tickets

There are many ways to get a train ticket you can go through your hotel, or you can go to the train station, or go to a train agency, or buy it online. The most convenient way is to go through your hotel. The hotel staff can help you book your ticket. Then the ticket will be sent to your hotel. If you don’t want to talk to anyone then you can email you hotel and ask them to do it for you. Hotels will charge you extra if you book your ticket through them.

If you want a cheap ticket the best way to do that is by going to the train station. In most stations the ticket office is separate from the waiting area. At the Beijing Station the ticket office is off to the left of the main part of the station, in big letters it says Ticket Office. If you are a foreigner make sure you go to the window that says Foreigners Window. To make it easier for you and the person helping you, write down where you want to go and what time you want to leave and what kind of train you want to go on. This way the person who is booking your ticket clearly understand what you want and it will be easier for them help you get the ticket you want. When you go to the train station make sure you take your passport with you. No passport no ticket.

The third place you can go to get a ticket is from a ticket agency. These agencies will be located in small offices around big cities. Some of these agencies will be hard to find and too recognized. The people working at these agencies might not know how to speak or read English so it might be helpful if you take a local with you to buy your ticket or if you know someone who can speak Chinese you can call them and have them translate for you. Another way is to have someone write down what you want in Chinese then all you have to do is show the piece of paper to workers and they can help you buy your ticket.  These agencies do have a small charge so be prepared to pay at least five Yuan.

A quick way to book a train ticket is by doing it online. Train tickets are usually expensive if you book online. There is a number of travel agency that sells train tickets for example ChinaTravelDepot is one. Just go to travel agency home page and click on tab that says “Trains”. Then type what city you are departing from and where you are arriving.  A list of schedule trains should pop up. Then pick a train that best fits your needs.

Traveling by train will be a lot cheaper then traveling by a China flight. Just remember there are lots of ways to get a train ticket. If you want quick and easy then go online or book through your hotel, but it will be more expensive. If you want cheaper then go to the train station or a train agency. Remember booking a train ticket is not hard to do.

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A Recommended Italian in Beijing: Meeting Point

On October 19, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Restaurants, by Jack Li

When you travel to Beijing there is an immense variety of Chinese cuisine to choose from, with all provinces and cooking styles having there place across many restaurants in the city, often near to Beijing hotels and attractions. However, there may be times when you have a craving for a particular food, or just fancy […]

When you travel to Beijing there is an immense variety of Chinese cuisine to choose from, with all provinces and cooking styles having there place across many restaurants in the city, often near to Beijing hotels and attractions. However, there may be times when you have a craving for a particular food, or just fancy dining out for a nice meal in different surroundings.

 

Italian cuisine is also plentiful in central Beijing, however there is a varying degree of quality amongst the restaurants. Some are authentic yet ridiculously expensive for the privilege, with others offering competitive prices and mediocre food with cafeteria quality. Other restaurants are simply a Chinese take on Italian food with not many dishes being recognized as traditional cuisine. Hotel restaurants often have buffets which offer some familiar dishes but again, they are more generic than the flavours and varieties of genuine Italian food and also high on the price scale.

 

One popular restaurant located in the area of Shuangjing (south eastern Beijing) is ‘Meeting Point’, an affordable yet authentic Italian establishment. Newly relocated from a previous location at ‘The Place’ shopping mall in Yonganli the restaurant has a varied menu, European atmosphere and competitive prices.

 

The restaurant serves a selection of traditional starters, pizza and pasta dishes, mains and desserts, alongside a large wine list. They also sell Italian Limoncello which is often displayed around the restaurant giving it an authentic feel. A good reason to go is the week day lunch deals. For around 25rmb you can get a thin crust pizza (toppings change depending on the day), and for a little extra you can include a soup and tea beverage.

 

Meeting Point also offer an ‘afternoon tea’ deal between 2 and 5pm week days with an offer on their delicious desserts including tiramisu, cheesecake and chocolate mousse cake. In addition, if you just feel like a cosy night in your hotel room, the restaurant will prepare any of their dishes to take away. Prices are generally cheaper than an Italian establishment in the UK, and much more authentic than the popular chains of Zizzi and Bella Italia.

 

Nearby in the area of Shuangjing is Kuki, a popular Japanese restaurant which offers set menus with a variety of sushi and other dishes, Papa Johns, the infamous pizza restaurant and RBT, a restaurant aiming to be ‘the new starbucks’ with tea. Their logo stands for Real Brewed Tea.

 

RBT has chains throughout the city and serves a varied selection of drinks and desserts which are the main reasons to go. Main meals are hit and miss, mostly Chinese with a few western dishes. An interesting aspect of RBT is the rope swing bench seats which suspend around the tables, definitely something to experience when you travel to Beijing!

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