So I try my luck at one of the countless “travel agencies” in front of the station. There, a sleeper bed is no problem at all – against 50% surcharge. China’s black market for train tickets is flourishing in the holiday season.
floc: What does standing mean in “standing seat”?
Ticket seller: Standing means standing up!
floc: While travelling for 25 hours!?
Because China is so big, I was very lucky to find a big friend. Jeonghwan (1.94 m) from South Korea is on a world tour to Africa:
- medieval city centers in Pingyao and Xi’an
- pure nature at a sandy beach in Guilin and Yangshuo
- several days on the Yangtze, where every 16th man lives
- daily craziness of the Far East
- extremely hot food in Chengdu
- a sacred mountain
- Large passenger ferry – top:
Ships kick ass!
- sleeper train – top
Transsiberian feeling, but with a view out the window
- bus seat – top
The good old bus
- small bamboo boat – baloney
Tourist attractions on the Yangtze and Li River
- bus with beds – terrible
On Chinese streets you prefer to sit
- train with seats – an absolute nightmare
Every little space on the train is sold as a “standing seat”.
Yesterday I rejoined my world travel partner Greg again. Together with Miss M from H, we take on Yunnan now. And on the 13th of September, we will move on to Tibet!
Thank you for the wonderful time Jeonghwan!