Chinese Bullets

22 01 2015

China has a vast network of trains that connect cities and people together. The following are a few of the options you can choose when traveling:

D-train: This is a bullet train [shown above], or “Dong che” (pronouced “dong-chuh”), which rides at speeds over 100 miles/hr. Usually a ticket to Hangzhou (ShaoXing’s sister city) will cost around 30¥, or approx. $5 for a 20 minute ride. To give some perspective, a bus or car ride to Hangzhou would take about an hour for almost the same price.

G-train: Named “Gao tie” (pronounced “gah-ow-tee-eh”), this is also a high-speed rail, and the fastest that China offers.

Interior of a G-Train Photo Credit

Interior of a G-Train
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K-Trains are not as new and usually remain above ground, traveling at slower speeds.

K-Trains are not as new and usually remain above ground, traveling at slower speeds.

K-trains: These are older trains that are the slowest, cheapest, not incredibly comfortable, and often run overnight. They have “hard seats” (a normal seat) and “sleepers” (beds).

Hard seats on a K-Train.

Hard seats on a K-Train.

 

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22 01 2016
An O K-Train | Everything Under the Sun

[…] in Wuhan for New Years, but train prices turned out to be sky-high, so Carina, Morica, and I booked “hard seats” on a K-train. This particular K-train was a 14-hour long trip, overnight, and in seats. We made it to Wuhan on a […]

22 01 2016
Susanne

Oh what wonderful memories of “hard seats” and “soft seats” this brings back. My first train ride in China was on an old train that we had to load our luggage on ourselves by shoving them through a window. That was 1995. In 2007 we took an overnight ride from Beijing to Xi’an and slept in a jazzy room. It was fabulous. Thanks for stirring up nice memories!

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